Our clinical team continuously assesses each client who comes to Balboa Horizons for trauma treatment and the underlying behaviors that may be contributing to addiction. One of the more commonly co-occurring issues we see is unresolved trauma or PTSD. These traumas can be related to a wide variety of experiences, including:

  • Bullying
  • Death/injury of a loved one
  • Emotional abuse
  • Guilt over actions taken as a result of the addiction
  • Illness or injury
  • Military service
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual abuse
  • Vehicular accident
  • Workplace-related abuse

While trauma is different for each individual, there are some signs and symptoms that those afflicted may exhibit, including:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Detachment
  • Disassociation
  • Eating disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Self harming behaviors
  • Shame
  • Sleep disorders
  • Substance abuse


Estimates of addicts who have PTSD range as high as 75%—and most clinicians think that number is low. Left untreated, trauma can pose a powerful risk for relapse. If you are reading this and are feeling overwhelmed due to struggles that you or a loved one are experiencing with trauma or addiction, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is hope. Millions of Americans live incredibly rewarding lives after seeking professional help for these issues and embracing a program of recovery. The short term pain associated with recovery from trauma and addiction is well worth the long term gain of recovering hope, health, self esteem, and the path toward a rewarding life.

Trauma Treatment and Addiction

Therapeutic processes employed at Balboa Horizons include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Group Therapy and Counseling
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • “One on One” Therapy
  • Psychodrama and Experiential Therapies
  • Somatic Trauma Resolution