Trauma is one of the most common issues behind addiction and its many co-occurring disorders. It takes many forms and doesn’t discriminate. It might announce itself loudly or you might not even recognize it. But whether it happened 20 years ago or last week, trauma must be addressed or it will grow and fester. Emotions we don’t understand, like anger or isolation, are often the result of unresolved trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To an addict, the real danger of unresolved trauma is a relapse.

Examples of trauma include:

  • 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

Indicators of past trauma often include:

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

You Are Not Alone

Estimates of addicts with PTSD range as high as 75 percent. Most clinicians think that number is low. The point is, you’re not alone. By recognizing past trauma and dealing with it in a safe, therapeutic setting, its power over you slowly fades. You begin to see how trauma has shaped your personality and your decision making, and the role it might have played in your addiction. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to move past it and recover hope, health, and self esteem.

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