Emotional trauma is often the root of addiction and mental health conditions.
Emotional Trauma: What You Need to Know
Emotional trauma can be a significant factor in the development of addiction and mental health conditions. Conditions such as severe depression, anxiety disorders, and even personality disorders have their roots in emotional trauma. However, processing emotional trauma allows individuals to reconnect with their whole self. There are a number of experiential therapies that offer relief from emotional trauma, including Somatic Experiencing, which was developed by Dr. Peter Levine, one of our Meadows Senior Fellows. Somatic Experiencing is just one part of a holistic recovery program that we offer to young adults suffering from emotional trauma and other conditions.
Effects of Emotional Trauma
Trauma can stem from a number of events or circumstances, such as childhood abuse and neglect; witnessing acts of violence; war, accidents, and natural disasters; grief and loss; medical interventions; and physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
Emotional trauma pertains to a person’s thoughts, feelings, and memories related to the traumatic event he or she experienced. These may grow in complexity over time, and symptoms may cause severe distress to the individual.
If emotional trauma is left untreated, an individual may develop PTSD, which can be intense and life-disrupting, or they may self-medicate with substances. Trauma is an underlying factor in nearly every case of addiction or mental health issues (up to 90%). Processing trauma is critical to finding healing from disruptive symptoms and any mental or behavioral health conditions.
Symptoms of prolonged trauma may include:
- Intense, disruptive memories
- Persistent exhaustion
- Sleep disturbances and disorders
- Physical sensations
- Fear and anxiety
- Continuous distress
The Stats on Emotional Trauma
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
- Two out of three children reported experiencing at least one traumatic event by age 16.
- In 2015, an average of 683,000 children had experienced abuse and neglect.
- One in six adolescents has experienced cyberbullying.
- 12% of physically ill youth and 19% of injured youth have PTSD.
- 54% of US families have been affected by some type of disaster.
According to The National Council:
- In the US alone, 70% of adults (over 220 million people) have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives.
- 90% of clients in the public behavioral health system have experienced trauma.
Treating Emotional Trauma
At the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, we conduct assessments to discover each person’s unique treatment needs. We are focused on helping young adults resolve trauma, learn valuable life skills, and develop new coping habits.
Our experiential therapies include neurofeedback, mindfulness practices, equine-assisted psychotherapy, challenge courses, trauma-informed psychodrama, EMDR, and Somatic Experiencing. These evidence-based forms of treatment have proven effective in helping individuals process and overcome emotional trauma. They allow a young adult to reconnect with his or her whole self. Trauma disrupts that connection to the mind, body, and emotions with pain and negative associations, but we understand how trauma works and know how to rebuild that connection in a positive way.
We also focus on the power of safe communities where young adults can engage with peers in a secure, nurturing environment. Our family program also helps to promote healing for loved ones, who are often the support system that helps a young adult sustain recovery.
Individuals can experience healing from traumatic events that restores their well-being, self-esteem, and willingness to engage in life activities. Fortunately, full recovery is possible and well worth the effort.
Help for Emotional Trauma
Emotional trauma can be serious, leading to the development of a substance use disorder or mental health conditions. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center can help individuals suffering from emotional trauma regain control over their lives. We offer a comprehensive treatment program that focuses on healing the whole person. Emotional trauma is addressed every day in our programs, and our experienced staff looks forward to helping you begin your healing journey.
“Roughly 90% of clients in the public behavioral health system have experienced trauma.” – The National Council
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