According to SAMHSA, more than 50% of men and over 60% of women have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. Moreover, 90% of people who seek public behavioral health treatment were traumatized at some point in their lives. Because trauma and substance abuse and addiction often go hand in hand, it’s important to find a treatment program that can help address both issues at the same time. At AspenRidge Recovery, our therapists are trained to treat complex trauma in addition to a substance use disorder. In the mental health world, we call this dual-diagnosis treatment. If you have experienced any level of trauma and think you may have a problem with drugs and alcohol, our treatment programs will give you the tools to overcome these issues and live your life to the fullest.
What is Trauma?
The basic definition of trauma is a deeply disturbing or distressing experience. However, this definition is subjective. What is intensely alarming to one person may not bother another. Most people would agree that experiences such as serving in a war zone, experiencing abuse, or surviving a natural disaster are all traumatic experiences. Sadly, these experiences are not uncommon. According to NCADV, about 20 people per minute are abused by their partner, and as of 2017, nearly 19 million Americans were veterans. Additionally, in 2018 alone, there were over 100 natural disasters in the United States.
What is not commonly described as trauma are the “little t” traumas such as divorce, legal trouble or financial hardship These experiences tend to be overlooked and can also cause issues long-term if they are compounded or overlooked.
Drugs and alcohol are common coping mechanisms used to numb or avoid the pain that trauma has caused in their lives. Using drugs or alcohol to avoid or numb the effects of trauma can turn into a larger problem like an addiction.
Signs That You Need Trauma Therapy in Colorado
Everyone reacts to trauma differently. As a result, many reactions indicate that you need a trauma therapy program in Colorado. These may include:
- Shock, disbelief, or denial
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Difficulty concentrating or confusion
- Mood swings, anger, or irritability
- Easily being startled
- Fear and anxiety
- Racing heartbeat
- Guilt, self-blame, or shame
- Edginess or agitation
- Withdrawing from other people
- Aches and pains
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Muscle tension
- Feeling numb or disconnected
It’s important to remember that none of these reactions are necessarily wrong or right. However, it does show that you should seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid additional problems. When you choose to get trauma therapy in Colorado, you have a support system of people who care about you. We will stand beside you and help you overcome your substance abuse and trauma through trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Colorado Trauma Therapy at AspenRidge Recovery
Almost everyone will experience some form of trauma in their life. It’s important for you to have the right tools to heal from it. At AspenRidge Recovery, we offer a dual-diagnosis treatment program, which helps treat substance use disorder, complex trauma and other mental health issues that may co-occur with addiction. To treat those causes, we have to reach the root of the problem. Therefore, we weave trauma-informed therapy into our drug and alcohol treatment programs.
Address issues such as:
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
Addiction is not a one-size-fits-all treatment approach. Therefore, we offer individualized treatment, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
If you or someone you love is having trouble overcoming a traumatic event and is using drugs or alcohol to cope, it’s important that they seek help from a trained professional. Call us today at (855) 281-5588 to speak with our admissions team to help verify your insurance coverage and see which program is right for you. Recovery is possible and we are here to help.
To learn more about our trauma therapy programs in Colorado, contact AspenRidge today at (855) 281-5588.