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Trauma Focus

Integrated, trauma-informed treatment that helps clients heal.

Specialized Treatment for Trauma

Many people who seek treatment at Makana Path are also experiencing side effects related to trauma and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s common for people who have been through traumatic or violent experiences to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as self-medication with drugs or alcohol, to deal with negative feelings.

At Makana Path, we seek to help our clients safely reprocess trauma and regain control over their lives through insightful treatment that addresses the physical, emotional and sexual trauma that can lead to addiction.

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What Is Trauma?

Trauma is any experience or event that causes physical or psychological overwhelm. The severity of such experiences varies, ranging from divorce, to death, to war. Just witnessing such an event can lead to trauma.

Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. However, when a person suffers trauma and isn’t able to fully process the traumatic event, the body continues to respond as if it’s under threat, which causes PTSD and other symptoms, including aggression, anxiety and hypervigilance.

There are five types of trauma:

  1. Impersonal trauma occurs at random and is seen as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Examples include chronic illness, disability, accidents and natural disasters.
  2. Interpersonal trauma is intentionally committed by other people and includes all forms of victimization, such as violence, neglect, abuse and assault.
  3. Identity trauma is trauma that relates to a person’s characteristics, such as sexual identity or orientation, gender, race and ethnicity.
  4. Community trauma occurs due to belonging to a certain group, such as family, tribe or a group with certain political or religious beliefs.
  5. Complex trauma is prolonged, repetitive trauma that can be chronic, such as child abuse.

Integrated Trauma-Informed Treatment

Makana Path clients engage in a range of clinical therapies that help them confront the underlying issues that contribute to addiction. Our highly specialized trauma therapies help clients understand and safely reprocess trauma. Trauma-informed therapies include:

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches clients how to challenge and change the unhelpful beliefs they acquired due to trauma. It’s incredibly useful in reducing symptoms of PTSD.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) seeks to eradicate the negative emotions associated with memories of traumatic events. It’s a nontraditional type of treatment, as it doesn’t require the client to explain the trauma. Instead, a therapist uses a hand motion technique that mimics hypnosis, rewiring the brain to help the client swap negative self-talk and defeating thought patterns for more positive behaviors.

Life Story Therapy

In this type of therapy, the client acknowledges their past, present and future by writing about their history of substance use and the impact it’s had so they can begin healing. Life stories are also shared in a group setting, which opens the door for fellowship and support.

Psychodrama

Psychodrama utilizes role play and dramatic expression to create awareness of traumatic, emotionally challenging experiences. This type of therapy helps clients re-frame traumatic events from a new perspective, re-telling the story in a way that helps them gain insight into the situation and have more compassion for themselves and those who were involved.

Somatic Experiencing

Another alternative form of therapy, somatic experiencing relieves symptoms of trauma by focusing on the client’s body sensations, known in this instance as somatic experiences. A therapist exposes the client to small amounts of trauma and records their ensuing physical responses, i.e., increased heart rate, changes in body language and dizziness. Somatic experiencing allows the client to safely experience trauma-related sensations, helping them fully process the trauma.

Trauma Egg Exercises

In this written exercise, the client recounts the traumatic, painful events that have occurred throughout their lifetime. It helps clients identify the false beliefs that grew from the trauma, as well as understand what they need emotionally and how they can fulfill those needs safely and healthily.

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Healing Begins at Makana

Trauma’s grip can feel unrelenting, but healing is possible, and it starts at Makana Path. Our team of medical and clinical experts can help you safely confront the trauma that contributed to your substance use and detox as you begin your recovery journey. Call 1-866-905-4550 to speak with a Makana Path Admissions Counselor.

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