Trauma Treatment for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Hotel California by the Sea provides multiple evidence-based treatments for PTSD in addicts and alcoholics who enter substance abuse treatment.

PTSD is one of the most common co-occurring mental health disorders that develops alongside addiction and substance use disorders. According to the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Illnesses Administration, 75% of women and men in addiction treatment programs have experienced trauma or abuse at some point in their lives.

That means that in over three-quarters of our clients (on average), it is not as useful to treat addiction without also treating trauma-related disorders, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Our addiction experts realized this early on in the development of HCBTS’ comprehensive treatment program and designed a portion of our plan to specifically treat PTSD.

By incorporating numerous treatments for the healing of early childhood trauma and adulthood trauma, our clients have a better chance at sustained abstinence from drugs and alcohol. And that is our ultimate goal!

Hotel California’s Trauma Treatment

At the very beginning of each client’s stay, both a medical physician and licensed psychiatric professional assess them for any co-occurring disorders. As mentioned, a considerable amount of our clients enter our addiction treatment center with a history of trauma and undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hotel California by the Sea offers multiple levels of addiction treatment for those struggling with the disease of addiction, including medical detox, inpatient addiction treatment, outpatient programs, and continuing care. Depending on a client’s specific needs, our addiction professionals lead clients through powerful psychological treatments to heal their PTSD, such as:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Meditation, yoga, and other holistic practices
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Peer support groups or group therapy
  • Mindfulness techniques

Long term recovery from substance use disorders requires a treatment team to address the diseases that exist alongside addiction, including those caused by trauma, such as PTSD. PTSD and substance abuse can each act as the other’s catalyst. And if not treated together during a stay in rehab, they can eventually cause a relapse.

What Is Trauma?

Three important things to remember about trauma include:

  • Traumatic experiences and PTSD do not discriminate.
  • A trauma response is not the victim’s fault.
  • Trauma and PTSD can be treated and alleviated with professional help.

Trauma is an involuntary bodily response to an event that is disturbing or distressing. It can cause problems with coping, a diminished sense of self, and an inability to regulate stressful emotions. Unfortunately, these effects also go hand-in-hand with the development or intensification of addiction.

Some types of trauma include (but are not limited to):

  • Sexual abuse or violence
  • Military combat
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce or a severely distressing breakup

Trauma causes a chemical change in the brain.

When someone experiences a traumatic event, even if they don’t realize the event is traumatic at the moment, it causes chemical changes in their brain. Some studies also suggest that trauma can activate genes in someone’s body that would have otherwise remained dormant, like ones that are associated with the development of mental illness.

Whether we like it or not, our brain’s circuitry is complex, fragile, and still widely misunderstood – especially in those susceptible to developing an addiction or mental health disorder due to genetics or other biological and environmental factors.

Signs of trauma or PTSD

Trauma is a condition relative to its sufferer, meaning it manifests in different ways depending on the individual at hand. With this knowledge, Hotel California by the Sea uses various personalized treatments on our clients with dual diagnoses to help them overcome any of their co-occurring disorders.

Trauma’s Relationship With Addiction

Trauma and addiction go hand-in-hand. Research shows that exposure to trauma in early childhood and adulthood is a leading risk factor for the chances of someone developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

It only makes sense that someone experiencing fear, anxiety, and other distressing effects of PTSD would seek comfort in an external substance. Many who experience trauma turn to drugs and alcohol later in life, or even in adolescence, to help regulate their emotions and mask the pain of their traumatic events.

Trauma affects someone’s ability to cope with uncomfortable emotions, a skill that Hotel California prioritizes helping our clients build. With improved ability to manage painful feelings, a strong support network, and other evidence-based treatments, clients achieve a well-rounded approach to healing their trauma at Hotel California by the Sea’s drug addiction treatment center.

Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment Matters

Without addressing the entire situation contributing to someone’s substance abuse patterns, a client is more likely to relapse on their substance of choice. Alcohol abuse and drug addiction are both complicated conditions, but they’re also treatable.

As a primary predictor of later substance use disorders and other mental health conditions, addressing trauma is crucial to achieving long term recovery in addicts and alcoholics looking to remain abstinent.

PTSD Trauma Treatment For Men

Our seasoned case managers, therapists, and doctors develop personalized treatment plans for those in our drug and alcohol addiction program for men.

Men and women face different barriers to overcoming their PTSD and seeking help for their mental health conditions. Due to social conditioning, many men believe that they don’t need treatment for their trauma, or that seeking help will make them look weak and threaten their masculinity.

However, suppressing traumatic events or denying them altogether can cause the trauma to escape “sideways.” Often, they’ll develop problems like eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction, and even depression.

For men to get (and stay) sober, they must address their traumatic experiences head-on.

PTSD Trauma Treatment For Women

Sandy’s Place, Hotel California by the Sea’s exclusively-female program, offers a specialized trauma treatment track for ladies suffering from PTSD. In an intimate setting, women can sort through their trauma with private therapists 2-3 times a week and heal with the support of their peers.

Unfortunately, women are more likely to experience traumatic events in childhood, adulthood, and the extent of their active addictions. The denial or repression of their trauma can cause maladaptive behaviors and disorders.

Addiction doesn’t discriminate – and neither does trauma. No matter who you are, where you come from, your financial situation, your marital status, or how “strong” you try to be, you can develop PTSD.

Hotel California by the Sea approaches trauma, along with every mental illness, with compassion and nationally-acclaimed expertise. Our treatment methods are strategic and our team is tenacious, making for the manifestation of a perfect environment for healing.

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction, PTSD, or another co-occurring mental illness, reach out to our admissions team today to learn more about what you can do to start healing today.

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