Part of recovery for the future is healing from the past

Trauma

Most women struggling with an addiction have experienced some form of trauma. Traumatic experiences, whether they are emotional, physical, sexual, or complex, impact the way in which our brains process information and informs how we respond to our environment. It is not uncommon for individuals who have experienced trauma to cope in unhealthy ways to alleviate some of the pain. We help women heal from trauma by providing a safe place for them to work through their pain and develop healthier ways to manage stress, anxiety, and other symptoms that come from traumatic experiences. 

Trauma Group

Work through past traumatic experiences in a safe place.

This clinical group is designed to provide a safe place for women to process any traumatic experiences they may have gone through. In this group, women will learn how to develop healthier coping skills to manage their stress, feelings of depression and anxiety, and learn how unhealed trauma impacts their daily functioning and general well being.  

Individual Trauma Therapy

During individual therapy sessions, each patient will have the opportunity to work through any traumatic experiences from the past. During this time, the patient will be able to process their emotions, gain insight into their own symptoms, and learn new ways to gain resilience and manage stress related to trauma. 

Emotional | Physical | Interpersonal

Trauma Symptoms

Intrusive Thoughts and Memories

- Unwanted and distressing thoughts and memories of the traumatic event
- Reliving traumatic experience, also known as "flashbacks"
- Unpleasant dreams and nightmares, sometimes about the traumatic event
- Severe emotional distress when triggered by something that reminds the individual of the traumatic event.

Avoidance

- Avoid talking about or thinking about the traumatic event
- Using drugs, alcohol, or an addictive behavior (e.g., self-harm, eating disorder, gambling, love or sex, etc.) to numb out and avoid feeling pain or emotions
- Avoiding people, places, activities, or things that remind the individual of the traumatic experience

Negative Thinking and Moods

- Negative thoughts about oneself, unpleasant beliefs about the world (e.g., "the world is a bad place", "I am a bad person", etc.)
- Hopelessness
- Memory problems, specifically around recalling details about the traumatic event
- Struggle to maintain healthy and close interpersonal relationships
- General lack of interest in hobbies or activities that were once fun
- Feelings of depression, anxiety, and a general sense of apathy

Physical and Emotional Reactivity

- Always in "reactive" mode. The individuals flight, fight, or freeze response is always on
- Self-destructive behavior
- Easily scared
- Extreme irritability
- Outbursts of anger, rage, or aggressive behavior
- Overwhelming feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness

Physical Symptoms of Trauma

Traumatic experiences not only impact our psychological and emotional well being, but also our physical health. Here are some ways in which trauma may impact your physical health: 

  • Frequent stomach aches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Racing heart
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chronic pain
  • Physical tension
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic disease (usually related to chronic stress)

Recovery is possible!

Contact us today to learn more about our program. 

COVID-19 Updates from The Fearless Kind

While social distancing is necessary to stay safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the risks of isolation associated with those living with an addiction or eating disorder. The Fearless Kind is still open and accepting new patients at this time! If you or a loved one is struggling, we are here to help. While treatment is a big commitment, it may be one of the safest places to be during these challenging times.

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