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Trauma Treatment Program

People respond to abrupt and extreme situations differently. While some are equipped to cope, others need a bit more help in processing traumatic events. In these cases, trauma therapy is recommended. If you are having a hard time dealing with recent events or a loved one seems to be struggling with substance abuse, it is best to do your research on the intricacies of trauma and the trauma treatments available for you or the concerned family member. At New Creation Treatment, a person suffering from trauma attacks can be freed from the unnerving fear that is inhibiting him or her to experience tranquility and happiness.

“Traumatic events, by definition, overwhelm our ability to cope. When the mind becomes flooded with emotion, a circuit breaker is thrown that allows us to survive the experience fairly intact, that is, without becoming psychotic or frying out one of the brain centers. The cost of this blown circuit is emotion frozen within the body.”
– Susan Pease Banitt, The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out

What is trauma?

Trauma is any situation or event that causes emotional, physical, or psychological pain. Representation of trauma is different from person to person. Nevertheless, this condition is characterized by a person’s inability to process and cope with the situation, the feeling of hopelessness and fear, and general anxiety over powerlessness.

Women in a trauma situation

Initially, the word trauma is used to describe situations that are beyond normal human interactions or experiences. However, this definition no longer holds true as some groups of people are more susceptible to trauma – even from regular, run of the mill occurrences.

What are the causes of trauma?

Trauma is a result of a stressful, painful or disturbing situation in a person’s life. In general, trauma can stem from three types of events:

  • One-time Disturbing events. This type of traumatic situations may include injury or illness, violent attack like rape or physical assault, or surviving a natural disaster.
  • Continuing and Persistent Tension. Living in an unsafe neighborhood, dealing with stressful family events or member or succumbing to a stressful work situation can also cause trauma.
  • Other Impactful Life Events. Surgery, a death in the family a break-up or having to go through a humiliating situation in public can also cause trauma for some people.

Events that can cause trauma are usually:

  • Unexpected
  • Makes the victim feel powerless and unprepared
  • Intentionally cruel

“It’s often said that a traumatic experience early in life marks a person forever, pulls her out of line, saying, and “Stay there. Don’t move.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

What are the symptoms of trauma?

Trauma can manifest on people differently. Nevertheless, below are common symptoms you should be wary of in case you or a loved one might have been a victim of trauma:

  • Avoidance – People who are experiencing trauma tend to avoid places, things and people who remind them of the traumatic situation.  Moreover, trauma patients are more susceptible to being feelings of guilt, depression, and anxiety.
  • Re-Experiencing – Bad dreams, flashbacks and unwanted thoughts are common for people who are undergoing trauma.
  • Hyperarousal – Trauma patients are known to exhibit extreme emotions or actions.  They are prone to bursts of anger, insomnia, aggressive and reckless behavior like self-harm.
  • Cognitive Symptoms – Like individuals who suffer from depression, people who have experienced trauma, lose their interest in activities that used to interest them.  Moreover, they might not be able to clearly remember the event that has led them to experience trauma.

“Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.”
― Jennifer Brown, Hate List

What are the trauma treatments available?

Trauma can be a difficult problem to surmount. For many people, it takes years of trauma treatment in order to go back to places, see people or things that remind them of the disturbing event that happened in their lives.

Pharmacotherapy

One way of treating trauma is through medication. Certain drugs and medicine are known to help manage trauma symptoms like irritability, aggression, depression, and hyperarousal. Nevertheless, in Christian trauma recovery services, medication should be used in partnership with some form of therapy and with prayer.

Behavioral Therapy

For trauma patients, the most common form of behavioral therapy is exposure. Avoidance is a prevalent symptom of trauma. As such, in exposure therapy, patients are urged to gradually face places, people and things that remind them of the traumatic event. Exposure therapy is proven to reduce the propensity for anxiety, depression, and irritability.

Group Therapy

There is a vast array of group therapy sessions a patient can choose from.  There is one for every type of trauma and every level of recovery.  In order to find the best group to aid in your healing process, it is best to consult a professional.