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Overcoming a Past of Trauma and Abuse

Trauma and abuse can have widespread negative impacts on your health, wellbeing and sobriety. In addition to working on your recovery at women’s drug rehab, you will work on overcoming any past trauma or abuse. Any such unresolved issues can lead to a number of difficulties including the hindrance of your recovery process.

The Effects of Trauma and Abuse

Many clients of women’s drug rehab have undergone some form of trauma and abuse in their lifetimes. Trauma and abuse that have even occurred decades prior can still leave a significant mark on the way you lead your life today. This is because a host of problems are associated with these experiences including difficult emotions, upsetting memories, troubled relationships and emotional connections and the desire to seek escape or self-medication from substance abuse.

Along with causing disruption in your personal and professional lives, these consequences have a dire effect on the recovery process. Difficult emotions, the desire to self-medicate and stress can quickly result in relapse. Unmanaged stress is also dangerous for your physical and mental health. Thankfully treatment can help.

Working to Resolve Issues with Trauma and Abuse

At women’s drug rehab, you will work to resolve your past traumas and experiences with abuse by several means including psychotherapy, counseling and stress management. Psychotherapy, the main recovery treatment method, helps you to uncover the underlying causes for your addiction via participating in psychotherapy sessions for individual, group, family and cognitive behavioral therapy (therapy that utilizes thoughts to impact behavior). You will work through past experiences and difficult emotions to realize these deep, personal insights for a strong foundation for improved mental health and a solid recovery process.

Counseling for trauma and abuse will help you to learn how to live more comfortably in spite of these experiences you have endured in the past. Finally, stress management will help you to effectively manage your stress and healthy and productive manners. A great deal of stress comes from trauma and abuse and it is a major trigger for substance use so it is vital to keep it under control. Stress management techniques include yoga, fitness routines, meditation, mindfulness, journaling, breathing exercises and others.

Some clients may find that trauma and abuse have led them to develop mental health disorders such as general anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is actually quite common and it is referred to as a dual diagnosis (being diagnosed with addiction and at least one mental health disorder). Women’s drug rehab is equipped to treat you for your addiction and any existing mental health disorders at the same time in order to effectively help you to enter the recovery process and manage your symptoms.

You may have been through a lot due to past events but the cycle of pain and addiction does not have to continue.

If you or a woman you love is having problems with drug abuse, alcohol dependency or mental illness, women’s drug rehab may be the answer.  Remember that recovery from addition and alcohol abuse treatment means learning how to cope with intensely emotional situations, and identifying when you need help and support.  Treatment for addiction relapse, counseling and aftercare can help you do this, so please call us today.  Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service addiction and women’s health treatment facility in Florida for women who suffer from substance abuse and behavioral health issues.