At Chelsea By the Sea, we approach addiction treatment and recovery from a holistic approach that seeks to treat both the addiction and the underlying causes. For many of our patients, the root cause of their addiction is something below the surface that needs to be addressed and treated before they can move forward with their recovery. Through our individualized therapy programs, we work alongside our patients to identify these issues and build long-term coping methods to ensure a successful break from addiction.
We offer several therapy options to our patients including:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Trauma Therapy
- Sound Therapy
- Art Therapy
Once the underlying causes of an alcohol or drug addiction are identified, it becomes possible to treat the addiction itself. Our trained team is ready to help you on your way to sobriety and provide you with the tools needed to avoid relapse.
What is Trauma Recovery?
As a significant risk factor for developing a substance abuse disorder, trauma can be the exact cause of an addiction. Many people who suffer from some form of trauma resort to drugs and alcohol to manage their symptoms of anxiety, guilt, shame, insomnia, depression, and anger. This coping method is not sustainable and can be life-threatening if the trauma is not diagnosed and treated.
Trauma recovery tackles this problem head-on by providing the patient with trauma therapy services specialized in this topic. Our team works with the patient to identify and treat the source of the trauma and to develop coping methods that are best suited to the individual needs of the patient.
Traumatic experiences are often repressed or minimized, but our comfortable, safe, and protective environment offers patients an opportunity to fully explore these experiences and come to terms with them. It’s only after treating the source cause of an addiction that you can begin to move forward and truly heal.
What’s Included in Our Trauma Therapy Program?
Every patient’s experience is different as we design programs that are the best fit for the needs of the individual patient, but our trauma therapy program can include:
- Grief or loss counseling
- Peer support groups
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy including individual and group talk therapy
- Exposure or desensitization work
- Pharmacotherapy: medications to decrease symptoms
- Holistic practices including mindfulness techniques, relaxation, yoga, and meditation.
- Coping skill development including emotional regulation and cognitive restructuring
What is Trauma?
Trauma is a subjective experience. A person’s own traumatic event is extremely unique to them and their personal life experience, and what upsets one person may appear to be a typical event to another. Because of this subjectivity, it’s often impossible to initially identify what a traumatic event was, and those suffering from trauma may not even be aware of the issue. However, some common kinds of traumatic experiences include natural disasters, war, physical or sexual abuse, and automobile accidents.
Trauma is, unfortunately, a wide-spread problem. Millions of America’s youth experience some form of physical or sexual abuse while millions of adults suffer from domestic violence. Those returning from service in the military often experience severe cases of PTSD that may lead them to substance abuse to manage the symptoms. Psychological trauma can be so intense that victims are unable to live and function normally in the world around them, further increasing their likelihood of substance abuse.
Many of those who experience substance abuse as a result of trauma endured the traumatic experience during childhood. Childhood traumatic events can be particularly challenging to diagnose and treat because of how long ago they occurred and the extended period during which they’ve affected the victim.
It’s estimated that over half of adults experienced some trauma as a child, but far fewer seek the trauma treatment therapy they need to come to terms with their traumatic experience and recover.
The Relationship Between Trauma and Substance Abuse
Those who experienced trauma are far more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs later in life. Substance abuse is often used by trauma victims to manage the symptoms of their experience and to dull the pain and shame they may be experiencing.
Certain substances can provide a numbing effect that trauma victims need to block out the full pain of their experience. While these temporary reprieves can feel like a sanctuary to trauma victims, they are further repressing the trauma and making eventual recovery all the more difficult.
Substance abuse only adds to the problem of trauma and does nothing to treat it in the long-term. As tolerance builds, trauma victims will need to use more and more of the substance and can quickly develop an addiction. When this addiction leads one to an addiction treatment facility, it’s essential to treat both the addiction and the trauma to guarantee a successful recovery.
The Importance of Proper Trauma Therapy
Trauma therapy is an essential part of recovery for those who have experienced these events. For many sufferers, overcoming the pain and stress of the experience proves impossible without the help of a trained professional. At Chelsea By the Sea, we’re ready to separate your trauma from your substance abuse and address both causes of your suffering so you can lead a happier life long into the future.
What is Sound Therapy?
Sound therapy has been used for centuries to help achieve balance and promote overall wellbeing. Sound therapy works by aligning our brainwaves with a stable, repeating frequency.
This synchronization helps to calm patients, often putting them into a meditative state that promotes
- Slowed breathing
- Increased state of awareness
- Eased physical tension
Sounds are created by using a variety of tools including gongs, drums, and chimes. The goal of sound therapy is to change the mind through the use of the created vibrations and to promote healing within the brain and to change the circuitry supporting the addiction. Sound therapy can also help patients reconnect with nature and feel attuned to the rhythm of their own body.
Can You Overcome Addiction With Sound Therapy?
Drug and alcohol addiction continues to be one of the most challenging problems facing American today. There is no city unaffected by this epidemic. As the path to addiction is unique to each person, so are the ways they can find a road to recovery. For some, sound therapy offers a new and exciting way to connect with the world around them and fight against their addiction. Everyone’s own experience is different which is why we provide a variety of options to our patients as they work towards recovery.
For many people suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, the causes of their addiction may be subconscious. Through our art therapy sessions, we give patients an opportunity to lock into their subconscious to tackle to root causes and emotions associated with their addictions. These art therapy sessions increase our patients’ awareness of their feelings and help them to process underlying issues including grief, loss, and trauma.
During these sessions, patients mindfully participate in a directed art activity. Through their work, they can access the symbolism and metaphors that correlate to their own experience. Our team assists patients to become more present, recognize patterns, and increase their awareness of themselves as well as their surroundings. For many of our patients, these sessions also develop into coping tools for when they leave recovery, and many of our alumni have gone on to make art a regular hobby.