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Moving On After a Traumatic Event

Moving On After a Traumatic Event

By Jennifer McDougall

“When a problem or a difficult situation arises, say to yourself, as if you already believe it: “This is for my benefit.”
― Chris PrentissBe Who You Want, Have What You Want: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Moving on after something traumatic has happened can feel like an impossible task, but it’s not. It’s not impossible to move forward after something traumatic has happened. The event that has left you feeling confused, broken, hurt, abandoned, abused, silenced, or sickened, happened for a reason. It happened to teach you something. It happened so that you could be given the tools you need to help other people. It happened so that you could be given the strength you needed to move forward in your life with more courage than ever before. This traumatic event was not a downfall or a setback. It was something that needed to happen to teach you something good and valuable. This event was something that was meant for you and part of your destiny.

The concept that something good can come from a traumatic event may sound new to you. The idea that something like a job loss, a cancer diagnosis, death in the family, a breakup, witnessing or experiencing any type of violence or abuse, car accident, a miscarriage, or even rape could be turned around and looked at something you can benefit from might sound ridiculous, but after stepping back for a minute and finding something positive you can take away from that experience or situation you may see that your perspective of the traumatic event changes.

Looking for a lesson and a blessing in every situation will help keep your outlook on life and all the events that happen within it a more positive experience. Sure something like being raped, or diagnosed with cancer is not something anyone wants or is anywhere close to pleasant, but there is something to positive to take away from everything that happens in our life.

How you move forward after a traumatic event is how you begin to heal. Taking the opportunity to speak with a therapist and talk about what you are feeling will help you process the events leading up to, during, and after the event that occurred. It’s important to let out the emotions your feeling so your therapist can help you work through the trauma and sort out the thoughts tangled up in your mind so you can release the pain built up and move forward in a healthy way.

What happens to many people is they hold on to the pain. They cope with the use of drugs and alcohol to numb that pain, and they wait a while before telling anyone what has happened to them. Some people wait many years to open up and finally talk to a therapist or a trusted confidant. The problem with waiting is that you prolonged the healing process. The longer you hold on to the pain caused by the traumatic event, destruction tends to seep out into your daily life causing you to make poor decisions, get caught up in your head and be distracted.

Substance abuse issues frequently stem from a person’s inability or unwillingness to get the help they need after a traumatic event. It’s important to talk to a close friend or family member immediately after something traumatic has happened to you. It’s even more critical to seek professional help to learn healthy coping mechanisms and not let this thing that has occurred become a weight in your life that holds you back from being the best possible version of yourself.

Also read: HEALING FROM TRAUMA AT PASSAGES ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS

Moving On After a Traumatic Event

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Healing From Trauma at Passages Rehab

Healing From Trauma at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

by Jennifer McDougall

What is Trauma? 

When someone experiences a deeply distressed or disruptive event in their life, physical, mental, or emotional, they have been exposed to what is known as trauma. This event or experience can disturb a person’s thought process, emotional response, and behavior patterns that show significant psychological troubles. That is why it is important to get help for any trauma-related issue. 

The Connection Between Trauma and Substance Abuse

Those who have trauma-related issues and are triggered by subtle yet similar events that originally caused the deeply rooted disruption. When this happens, it’s not uncommon for the individual to seek quick relief from the pain and discomfort they are feeling. That’s when someone who is not practicing healthy coping mechanisms, such as working with a therapist, exercising, meditating, and practicing deep breathing techniques, will, unfortunately, reach for drugs and alcohol to suppress their pain and anxiety. 

Who Has Trauma?

Many people have experienced some type of traumatic experience in their life; some have resolved and healed from the event and found peace. Others have unresolved trauma that affects many aspects of their lives and need one-on-one therapy, such as the treatment that is offered at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

Common types of trauma are:

  • Breakup or divorce
  • Cancer or loss of health
  • Death of a loved one, including a pet
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial crisis
  • Physical, mental or emotional abuse
  • Devastation in the local community
  • Unwanted relocation
  • Selling or losing the family home
  • Miscarriage
  • Stressful legal battle

Most common emotional responses to unresolved-trauma: 

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Increased arousal 
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Guilt or shame
  • Isolation
  • Cynical views on self-image
  • Neglect of responsibilities
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dramatic changes in sleep patterns
  • Feelings of being threatened
  • Re-activeness in thoughts and behavior
  • Lack of appetite
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships

The Connection Between Trauma and Self-Harm

Someone who is struggling with a past traumatic situation in their life may harm themselves due to poor self-esteem, guilt, and shame. This could be because of past abuse brought on to them by a loved one or experiencing direct violence by anyone else, such as rape. There is a lack of healing and forgiving with someone who is harming themselves because of the unbearable pain they are currently experiencing. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, our team of therapists works with clients every day to help treat and heal the underlying conditions causing substance abuse and self-harm related issues through one-on-one holistic therapy methods. 

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Healing Your Fears and Trauma at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

5 Ways to Confront and Heal Your Inner Demons

By Jennifer McDougall

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” – August Wilson

Facing your inner demons takes great courage. Bringing forth all of those memories, fears, pain, regrets, and causes for your current conditions, can cause a range of many emotions. Many of us have pain from the past and fears we live with every day that often times get suppressed as a way to ignore them rather than acknowledging them. If you are ready to heal your inner demons and overcome the blockage that has been holding you back from living your best life, this article is perfect for you.

Through professional therapy and compassionate care that is tailored just for you and your specific needs, it is possible to overcome your innermost darkness and experience true freedom. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we focus on healing the underlying conditions causing you to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Our non-12 Step holistic therapy methods are provided to you by those who have many years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and medicine.

Examples of inner demons:

  • Regrets

  • Trauma

  • Substance Abuse

  • Fears

  • Jealousy

  • Pain

  • Anger

  • Depression

  • Self-Doubt

  • Feelings of being stuck

  • Desire to seek revenge and harm others

  • Worries about money, health, or romance

  • Loss of worthiness and purpose for life

Photo by Marco Xu

Photo by Marco Xu

Helpful tips to heal your inner demons:

  1. Address the core issues and unresolved events from the past with a therapist

  2. Practice letting go through meditation, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and other holistic treatment methods such as the ones offered at Passages Rehab

  3. Develop a strong self-care routine that you stick to on a daily basis (time alone, quality time with friends and family, massage, hair & nail care, facials, reading, writing, painting, disconnecting from technology & social media, healthy dieting etc.)

  4. Forgive yourself and others from previous events by telling them personally or just quietly saying the words to yourself in your own privacy

  5.  Bring your fears, pain, trauma, and worries to surface– be real with how you feel as you experience a vast range of different emotions as you heal through this difficult yet courageous process

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

Photo by: Ben White

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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