Battling a substance abuse problem is difficult without help. Realizing you need help to control and overcome an addiction is hard, but recognizing you need assistance is a valuable first step in the recovery process. If you are dealing with a co-occurring disorder or trauma, finding an addiction treatment program that specializes in addressing your individualized need is important. This is where trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) comes into play.

The Benefits of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Woman undergoing trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapyIt’s important to realize that trauma can create unique complexities during treatment, especially if you are dealing with flashbacks, nightmares or repressed memories. Many people who struggle with addiction also have a co-occurring disorder, which can include anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma.

TFCBT helps you address both your substance abuse issues and your mental health. While treating your addiction is important, if you fail to address underlying or co-occurring disorders, those symptoms can re-emerge and make sustained sobriety difficult to achieve.

During recovery, it is common for mental health symptoms to worsen as your body and brain begin to adjust to a life without drugs or alcohol. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is a successful evidence-based treatment that helps you address trauma, identify triggers and cope with emotions.

If you struggle with trauma, it is important to find healthy ways to cope with your symptoms without the use of substances. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol can worsen trauma-based conditions like PTSD, so finding a treatment program that has experience with trauma can greatly improve your recovery outcomes.

What is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy uses evidence-based techniques to treat conditions like PTSD. Evidence-based treatment means that the technique has been successful in the past. Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy strives to help you address and overcome symptoms related to your past trauma. Some examples of TFCBT include:

  • Education about trauma and trauma related symptoms
  • Relaxation and stress management techniques
  • Coping skills to deal with symptoms
  • Discussing the traumatic events related to your symptoms
  • Exposure therapy
  • Teaching you interpersonal, communication and social skills

PTSD is the most common trauma based mental health disorder and can result in symptoms like panic and anxiety attacks, flashbacks, night terrors and avoiding situations that remind you of a traumatic event. While using substances may help alleviate symptoms temporarily, continued substance abuse can make your symptoms worse. Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy specializes in helping you cope with your trauma and address underlying issues which may have led to your addiction.

How Trauma Based Therapy Improves Treatment Outcomes

Trauma therapy is an important part of treatment when you are suffering from conditions like PTSD. While drug treatment programs commonly integrate evidence-based treatments, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy specifically addresses symptoms that appear in disorders like PTSD.

PTSD results in various symptoms, ranging from anxiety to depression. Those symptoms can make it difficult to handle stressful situations. Leaving trauma unaddressed during treatment, symptoms will likely reappear during recovery and put you at risk for relapse. When you are struggling with a co-occurring disorder, both conditions need treatment concurrently in order to properly support your recovery.

Finding the Right Treatment Center 

At Providence Treatment, we specialize in providing unique programs, such as:

In addition to the programs listed above, we also provide trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Battling addiction can be overwhelming but finding help doesn’t have to be. If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step towards recovery, our compassionate and experienced staff is ready to provide you with the foundation you need to overcome addiction. To find out more about our programs, call us today at 866.247.3307.