Trauma can happen at any time in our lives and can leave lasting emotional scars that affect our ability to function in society. Those who experience a trauma flashback will feel like they are experiencing the trauma all over again, even years after the event occurred. Healing from trauma is possible but can be a long, difficult process, especially if the person turns to drugs or alcohol as a means of coping with the trauma.
At Evoke Wellness, we understand the difficulties of processing trauma and work with those whose mental health is negatively affected by the experience. Our therapists have experience working with all types of PTSD, including wartime, childhood trauma, physical and emotional abuse, in-person and cyberbullying, and many others. We use a combination of trauma and behavioral therapy, meditation and mindfulness therapy, and medication to ease any depressive or anxiety symptoms.
To discover the benefits of our PTSD treatment program, call 866.276.1920 today to speak with our compassionate team.
Understanding the Effects of Trauma
For many people, trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. It can occur from a number of different events, like a natural disaster, the COVID-19 pandemic, a car accident, or abuse at the hands of a loved one. The effects of trauma are generally not realized until well after the event has passed and can cause a number of distressing symptoms.
Symptoms of trauma include physical and psychological symptoms, such as:
- Feeling withdrawn and detached from society
- Losing hope for the future
- Trouble focusing on current tasks
- Feeling jumpy or easily startled
- Experiencing nightmares and flashbacks of the event
- Substance abuse
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Muscle tension
Panic attacks are common in people with unresolved trauma. In fact, a number of different events can trigger them. A child who loses a parent or loved one suddenly can be triggered by a photograph, the smell of perfume or aftershave, or hearing a favorite song. Someone who experiences combat can be triggered by loud noises or flashes of light. A person who was abused by a parent or friend can be triggered by their presence or hearing their name.
At Evoke Wellness, we are well aware of the effects of trauma and how difficult it can be to learn to cope with those feelings. Our PTSD and trauma therapy programs work to uncover the original trauma and find healthier ways of processing those feelings.
4 Tips for Healing From Trauma
Are you or a loved one struggling with a past or recent trauma? If so, the best way to deal with that trauma is by enrolling in a trauma treatment program. This program can give you the skills and confidence to cope with the trauma through a combination of behavioral therapy and medical support.
Here are four tips on healing from trauma:
1. Creating a Self-Care Routine
Self-care is essential for coping with past traumas and comes with plenty of healthy side effects. Some proven self-care tips for trauma survivors include:
- Building an exercise program
- Eat a healthy diet
- Avoid drugs or alcohol
- Get plenty of sleep
- Be mindful of your thoughts and actions
Enrolling in a trauma treatment program is an excellent way to learn other self-care tips that promote better mental health.
2. Have a Strong Support System
Surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones who care about your well-being is another great tip for coping with trauma. They can be there during difficult times and help keep you focused on your recovery goals. Group therapy is a great way to meet peers who are going through similar struggles and build supportive relationships with them.
3. Daily Journaling
Keeping a journal is an excellent way to process difficult emotions and experiences that happen. It allows you to think about any troubling experiences and what you did or did not do to manage the experience.
4. Attend Regular Therapy Sessions
Enrolling in a PTSD treatment program is the best course of action for anyone struggling to get over a traumatic event. Therapists use a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies, along with medication, to ease any depressive or anxiety symptoms. Therapy can also treat any substance abuse disorder that develops due to the trauma.
Healing from trauma can take several months to years. Be patient and continue practicing the skills you learn in therapy while relying on close friends, family, and peers who want to see you healthy and happy.
Evoke Wellness: Enroll Today in Our PTSD Treatment Program in Waltham, MA
Evoke Wellness is a fully accredited addiction treatment center. We work with individuals struggling with past traumas and any related disorders. Naturally, we understand that healing from trauma can take time. Therefore, we work closely with each patient to uncover the original trauma and create a comprehensive treatment program. Each program will include a mix of therapies and medical support so that patients can reach their recovery goals and build a healthy life.