Trauma Treatment for Substance Abuse
In Cincinnati, Ohio


Hotel California by the Sea, Cincinnati, offers exclusive trauma treatment to those attending our program for their substance abuse issues. Trauma treatment at HCBTS involves a highly integrative group of specialized therapies, one of which includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). Learn more below about our dual diagnosis treatment plans for our clients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

trauma treatment

At Hotel California by the Sea, Cincinnati, we feel personally connected to those who enter our treatment program. While some people enter our rehab center without any co-occurring mental illnesses alongside their substance abuse issues, many have mental health conditions that can exacerbate their addiction.

It would be an injustice to treat our patients for their substance abuse issues while not addressing the other factors that may have contributed to the development or worsening of their substance use disorders. Read more below about the trauma addiction treatment track at Hotel California by the Sea, Cincinnati. We treat each client individually so that we can make sure they receive the most customized care possible.

Why Treat Trauma and Addiction Together?


Trauma is a well-known risk factor to the eventual development of a substance use disorder (SUD). Someone may become addicted to drugs and alcohol after they experience a traumatic event, or a series of traumatic events. The symptoms of PTSD can be extremely distressing and may arouse a desire to escape or self-medicate with substances and other behavioral addictions.

Symptoms of PTSD

Trauma is also often highly intertwined with substance use disorders and other co-occurring mental illnesses. The symptoms of PTSD, some of which may include anxiety, trouble sleeping, irritability, and more, can mimic symptoms of other mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.

Treating trauma while also treating addiction to drugs or alcohol is an extremely crucial part of a successful recovery process at rehab. By focusing on these two problems and their often-overlapping symptoms and behavioral patterns at the same time, Hotel California by the Sea has the opportunity to treat our clients more effectively.

“The symptoms of PTSD can be extremely distressing. Because they cause such a great amount of stress on the individual, many with PTSD will be unable to cope and turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of escape. As a result, 52 percent of males and 28 percent of females with PTSD meet the lifetime criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence, according to findings on post-traumatic stress disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey, published in 1995 in the Archives of General Psychiatry (Kessler et al.). When it comes to drug abuse, statistics from the same study show that 35 percent of men and 27 percent of women with PTSD meet the criteria.”

What is a Traumatic Event?

A traumatic event is any event that deeply affects. A traumatic event may be one singular experience, or a series of unpleasant experiences stringed together. Some trauma is so intense that someone may end up involuntarily suppressing their memories – memories which often arise when people quit using drugs or alcohol to mask their PTSD symptoms.

What is traumatic to one person may be less traumatic to the next. Trauma is also formed relative to age.

Traumatic events are most commonly associated with the following: PTSD is most often associated with these traumatic events:

  • War
  • Sexual attacks or abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical attacks or abuse, or domestic violence
  • Natural disasters
  • Death of a loved one
  • Serious accidents

Trauma has significant biological effects on the developing brain of a child or young adult. Trauma can cause biological changes the brain in areas that affect mood, regulation, and the ability to reason and self-soothe. In other words, trauma can literally stunt someone’s growth. Only by treating addiction with co-occurring PTSD can someone reap the full benefits of their time in treatment at HCBTS.

Trauma Treatments at Hotel California by the Sea


At Hotel California by the Sea, we offer plenty of therapies to those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, and much more. The most well-known therapies that can help alleviate symptoms of PTSD while treating a substance use disorders include:

One of the more recent and modern therapies used specifically for the treatment of trauma and PTSD at Hotel California by the Sea is called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR. EMDR was developed especially for the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.

What Happens During EMDR?


The first time you meet your EMDR facilitator (typically a physician) at HCBTS, they may sit and talk with you about your past experiences, what you’d like to work on in EMDR therapy, and your overall treatment goals. From there, you will move forward with your facilitator and entire clinical team to integrate EMDR with the rest of your therapies to get the most out of your treatment at HCBTS.

You may have EMDR sessions multiple times a week, once weekly, or less frequently depending on your particular needs.

EMDR is a powerful treatment that helps alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. During an EMDR session, your facilitator will ask you to recall traumatic memories while simultaneously tracking your eye movements.

As its name suggests, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy involves the tracking of peoples’ eye movements while simultaneously asking them to recall and reprocess their traumatic memories.

“Procedurally, the model [of EMDR] is basically rather simple. First, healthy volunteers recall unpleasant memories for a few seconds. They rate those memories in terms of vividness and emotionality (i.e., unpleasantness). They then recall those memories for a second, longer time (e.g., several periods of about 24 s). During this second recall, there is either no dual task (‘recall only’) or the participant makes eye movements while recalling the memories (‘recall + eye movements’), by visually tracking a white circle that moves from side to side on a computer screen. After a break, lasting from between a few minutes to a few days, the memory is recalled under the same conditions as the first time and is rated again in terms of vividness and emotionality. This model can be used to test hypotheses about EMDR, such as the following.” – Journal of Experimental Psychology

Determining Whether You Have PTSD


After a client arrives at our treatment center, a medical and psychiatric physician will evaluate the client’s state of physical and mental health. During this initial and intense psychiatric evaluation, a psychiatrist at Hotel California by the Sea, Ohio, may diagnose this person with a certain mental health condition, or multiple mental health conditions, and assign a proper treatment plan to this client.

In this initial session is where the psychiatrist may diagnose the client with PTSD or another mental health condition. If the doctor sees fit, they may ask the client if they’d like to try EMDR to alleviate their symptoms of PTSD.

The client will continue to see their psychiatrist throughout their time receiving care from us so that the doctor can track their mental health and treatment progress.

Receive Treatment For PTSD And Addiction


To receive treatment for PTSD and addiction at our Cincinnati, Ohio rehab, all you need to do is call our admissions specialists or fill out an easy contact form below. At HCBTS, we accept most insurance carriers. To learn more about your plan, you can ask your admissions specialist to run a verification of benefits on your insurance plan, or call your insurance provider yourself to learn more about your behavioral health benefits.

Our admissions specialists can help you work out the nitty-gritty details about the admissions process, answer any questions you may have about addiction treatment at Hotel California by the Sea, and help you map out your financial plan for treatment. We are here to not only help you get into treatment, but help you find the treatment you need to recover from your substance use disorder for good.

Our admissions specialists are highly trained in the field of addiction. Many are even in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse themselves, and have suffered from PTSD or other co-occurring mental health conditions. When you call us, know that we’ll understand exactly what you’re going through and where to direct you next.

Request a Call

The road to recovery is full of uncertainty, leave your worries behind…
Our compassionate staff will answer all of your questions without any pressure. Learn about our evidence-based treatment, the ease of entering our program, and the benefits of getting help from a reputable addiction treatment facility like Hotel California by the Sea.

Every member of our admissions team has been where you are today – be sure to ask them about their journey!