Discover Trauma Treatment Program Options at South Shore Recovery

Explore the essence of our trauma treatment program and how it can help you heal in this comprehensive article.

What is a Trauma Treatment Program?

A trauma treatment program is a specially designed approach to help individuals cope with and recover from distressing experiences.

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What are Traumatic Experiences?

Trauma is caused by events that cause a deep emotional impact. Traumatic experiences can surround the following experiences:
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Natural disasters
  • Physical or sexual assault
A trauma treatment program offers the right environmental support to guide you through healing.

Long-Term Effects of Trauma

If not addressed, the effects of trauma can persist for long after the event, with symptoms impacting all aspects of daily life. Our program focuses on preventing these lasting issues by helping you process and move past traumatic experiences.
Without proper treatment, the following symptoms may arise:1
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Nightmares
  • Trouble focusing on tasks or making decisions
  • Avoiding certain places or situations
  • Difficulty connecting with loved ones or forming new relationships
  • Missing school or work days due to concentration or motivation issues

Physical and Psychological Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma can have a significant impact on the body as well as the mind. After experiencing a traumatic event, the following symptoms may be noticed:2
  • High blood pressure or digestive issues 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Headaches
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Stomachaches
  • Feeling anxious, sad, or angry for no apparent reason
Joining a trauma treatment program can help you understand these feelings and find ways to improve your health.

Exploring Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a type of trauma response that can occur more commonly. We offer trauma treatment programs that address the complexities of PTSD symptoms.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychiatric condition that is recognized through the following trauma symptoms:
  • Reliving events through flashbacks
  • Hyper-sensitive fight-or-flight response
  • Feeling detached or estranged

PTSD vs. Temporary Trauma Symptoms

If an individual is suffering from PTSD, symptoms may increase in severity over time or occur more frequently. If trauma symptoms begin to interfere with daily living, seeking treatment becomes especially important.

Common Causes of PTSD

There are many traumatic incidents that can lead to PTSD, some of which include:3
  • Combat exposure
  • Childhood abuse
  • Sexual violence

PTSD Demographics

Most people who go through trauma will not develop PTSD. However, 6 out of 100 people will develop PTSD over the course of life.4 Seeing treatment can be life changing for individuals with PTSD. This type of trauma response is severe and can have a negative impact on all areas of living.

Overcoming PTSD Through a Trauma Treatment Program

Our South Shore Recovery Center treatment program is designed to heal the symptoms of PTSD. If you or a loved one is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, reach out today to find out how our kind and compassionate team can guide you toward sustainable healing.

Distinct Features of Our Trauma Treatment Program

General mental health care covers a broad range of health issues, while a trauma treatment program zeroes in on helping individuals who’ve faced deeply distressing or disturbing experiences. 

Read on to learn more about what makes our treatment program stand out as part of a trusted medical practice.

Team Collaboration

Our treatment program is built on a team mentality. Our therapists work with you one on one, and collaborate with research from other medical disciplines to help curate the best possible treatment.
Our program uses methods that have been tested and shown to work for trauma survivors. Our team offers a space where you can share your story and know you’re being heard and understood.

Targeted Interventions for Trauma Survivors

A trauma treatment program offers specific help for the unique problems trauma survivors face. These can include the following:
  • Disruptive reminders of poor experiences
  • Feelings of shame or guilt
  • Feelings of self-loathing

Group Therapy

A key part of our program is the implementation of one-on-one therapy as well as group treatment sessions. Joining a therapy group lets you connect with individuals who understand your situation through similar experiences.

Practical Tools and Skills

Once initial treatment is complete, training for the following skills may be introduced:
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Avoiding triggers
  • Daily coping strategies
While addressing trauma, it’s important to take a comprehensive approach. We start with in-depth therapeutic interventions to address the root causes of trauma, and transition to implementing practical tools. This ensures participants have a full spectrum of support.
Learning simple calming methods can be helpful when feeling anxious or overwhelmed. We also offer training for recognizing and avoiding situations that can trigger traumatic responses.

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Healing

A trauma-informed approach takes into consideration the branching effects of trauma. This way, the root causes of trauma can be uncovered and addressed, so that patients experience comprehensive, long lasting healing. This is a guiding principle in trauma treatment.5

The Importance of a Trauma Informed Approach During Therapy

A trauma informed approach helps ensure the following:
  • Respect
  • Education
  • Connection 
With this approach, a trauma treatment program becomes a place where survivors find healing and hope.

The Key Principles of Our Trauma Treatment Program

Our program offers key principles that help guide individuals toward comprehensive wellness, including the following:
  1. Awareness
  2. Safety
  3. Choice
  4. Collaboration
  5. Empowerment
With these core principles in mind, our trauma treatment program shapes healing in a positive light. From the way staff communicates to the activities and therapy options offered, everything reflects an understanding and respect.

A Closer Look at the Implementation of Key Principles

Our program recognizes the widespread impact of trauma, including how trauma can affect individuals seeking help. During therapy, trauma survivors are given choices that control the pace and direction of the healing journey.
This helps to counter feelings of powerlessness after traumatic experiences. There is mutual trust and decision-making between staff and survivors.

Fostering a Safe and Validating Environment

Creating a safe environment is a top priority in trauma treatment programs. The following factors have been taken into consideration at our clinic to help our patients feel calm and secure:
  • Room layout
  • Lighting
  • Color themes

Therapeutic Modalities at South Shores Recovery

A trauma treatment program offers methods to help you heal from distressing events. Read on to learn more about the therapeutic modalities used at South Shore Recovery for lasting recovery.

Evidence-Based Approaches

Evidence-based approaches are techniques and therapies that have been proven to work through scientific research.
Our trauma treatment program uses methods that have a solid foundation in scientific evidence. This ensures that you’re getting the best possible care and the highest chance of recovery.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of therapy that focuses on how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected. CBT can help with recognizing and challenging negative patterns of thinking that may have resulted from traumatic experiences.
Trauma survivors often suffer from self blame and negative feelings regarding self-worth. CBT helps to challenge these false notions and beliefs, replacing unhealthy thinking with a constructive mindset for moving forward.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a form of therapy that teaches coping skills to manage intense emotions and reduce self-destructive behaviors. Trauma can often make emotions feel overwhelming, leading to impulsive or harmful decision making. DBT helps with accepting and tolerating distressing feelings.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

MI is a therapy approach that helps you find the motivation to make positive changes in your life. During MI, a therapist or counselor asks open-ended questions, encouraging self-discovery. This form of therapy can help with recognizing and processing trauma, leading to a better quality of life.

Holistic and Experiential Therapies

Holistic therapies view healing through a comprehensive lens. We may implement experiential therapies that encompass these aspects of healing:
  • Mind
  • Body
  • Spirit
Experiential and holistic therapies help calm the mind and body, offering a break from distressing thoughts.

What Is Experiential Therapy?

Experiential therapies involve expressing and processing trauma in creative ways that go beyond talk therapy. This allows for a larger library of communication and healing.
Examples of experiential therapy includes these forms of treatment:
  • Art
  • Music
  • Movement
  • Yoga
  • Meditation

Trauma-Focused Therapies

Trauma-focused therapies specifically target traumatic memories and related emotions. They guide you to face these memories, understand them, and find ways to cope.

Exposure Therapy

This is a popular form of trauma-focused therapy. In this form of treatment, an individual is exposed to traumatic triggers in a safe and supportive space.
Through repeated efforts, the trauma response becomes less severe. This therapy guides an individual to have a greater grasp of emotional and psychological response.6

Personalized Treatment at South Shore Recovery

Trauma affects everyone differently. Our trauma treatment program is designed with this in mind, tailoring recovery to the unique needs, goals, and experiences of each individual.

Addressing Different Types of Trauma

Trauma can cover a broad range of experiences, including these examples:
  • Physical injuries
  • Emotional shock.
  • Events that scare a sense of safety and trust
Moving forward with tailored therapy involves identifying the kind of healing that a patient needs. Treatment can be adjusted to meet specific areas of trauma.

Considering Patient Background and Trauma Severity

Your background and the depth of your trauma also shape your treatment. The following may be discussed during trauma therapy:
  • Childhood events
  • Past relationships
  • Earlier traumas
All of these factors can influence how an individual copes with trauma.

Long-Term Recovery

Recovering from trauma can make a lasting difference in overall quality of life, and our trauma treatment program is designed to offer lasting recovery.
We also offer long-term care for continued healing after the completion of trauma treatment. This continuum of support offers guidance and encouragement to recovering individuals.

Improving Quality of Life

Life after a trauma treatment program is like stepping into a new chapter. The burden that trauma creates can overshadow life experiences.
Therapy helps to remove this burden through the following:
  • A deeper understanding of feelings and reactions 
  • Connections with a support network
  • The tools to make better choices
  • Skills for confidence 
Our trauma treatment program lays a foundation for long-term recovery and well-being.
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How South Shore Recovery Can Help You Heal

Trauma can affect the way we think and live. Our trauma treatment program is a service to help with overcoming the past and finding ways to heal.

The Start of Your Healing Journey

At the start of your journey with us, our clinical team assesses your unique needs. A comprehensive examination can help to rule out co-occuring conditions and factors that may influence healing.

Tailored Treatment

Treatment and recovery is tailored to each individual. Therapies are often adjusted or combined to match the needs of our patients. Some of the treatment opportunities we offer include CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, trauma focused therapies, and more.

Our Team

At South Shores Recovery, our team is backed by research and is held together by medical experts. We are able to offer cutting-edge care through licensed medical professionals such as the following:
  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Psychiatrists

A Collaborative Medical Effort

We rely on treatments and therapies that are based on solid research. This means that the methods we use have been tested and proven to help people like you recover from trauma. Our trauma treatment program is based on collaborative medical research and care.

Experiential Therapy at South Shores Recovery

We recognize the importance of holistic therapies for comprehensive healing. We offer different types of experiential therapy, including the following that help to find new forms of expression and emotional processing:
  • Art therapy
  • Outdoor therapy
  • Meditative exercises
To learn more about the many forms of experiential therapy offered at our clinic, reach out today.

Reach Out Today

If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of trauma, please reach out to South Shore Recovery. We can guide you toward a path of healing and comprehensive recovery.
To learn more about our trauma treatment program, contact our clinic today.
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Questions About Treatment?

If you or your loved one are ready to begin healing from substance use disorder or mental health challenges in Plymouth, Massachusetts, South Shore Recovery is here for you. Let us guide you on your journey toward sustainable wellness by reaching out to our knowledgeable and compassionate team today.