Trauma Treatment For Substance Use Disorders In Bellevue, WA

At Hotel California By The Sea’s Washington addiction treatment center, we feel personally connected to your recovery and success. We are a part of the setbacks and the victories that come with each client’s individual journey at our Trauma Treatment For Substance Use Program. We are dedicated to providing an open and sustainable community that supports long-term recovery and freedom from alcohol and drug abuse.’

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Our Approach To Addiction And Trauma

We treat the whole person. Substance abuse is often a symptom of underlying trauma and mental health conditions. In fact, an average of 59% of people who have experienced traumatic events in their life develop some form of substance use disorder.  Here at Hotel California By The Sea, Bellevue’s Trauma Treatment For Substance Use Program, we believe in taking a holistic approach to substance abuse recovery, so we designed a trauma-focused program to reach each part of the individual that needs complete healing from trauma and addiction.

We utilize a combination of evidence-based treatments to address trauma-related symptoms and triggers. We employ clinicians experts in trauma therapy that contain vast experience in treating mental health and trauma-related conditions coupled with substance abuse. It is our goal to help our clients in their healing process as a means to lay the foundation for long-term recovery from alcohol or drug abuse.

Our Commitment

Holistic Healing – we take a comprehensive approach to treating addiction.

Committed Staff – over 80% of our staff are in recovery.

Long-Term Recovery – we support success beyond our doors.

Lasting Community – we offer alumni groups and opportunities to past clients.

PTSD And Substance Abuse 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that develops from the physical and chemical ways that trauma changes the brain. Someone experiencing the symptoms of PTSD may experience intrusive memories or thoughts, changes in their emotional or physical reactions as well as isolation and changes in mood.

People experiencing these symptoms are more likely to turn to drug or alcohol use to escape or mute the effects of their trauma. PTSD is one of the most common concurrent diagnoses with a drug or alcohol addiction. According to American Addiction Centers,

It is vital for a client’s long-term recovery that a rehabilitation program addresses the underlying factors of trauma and works to address all the facets affected by it.

Trauma Treatment For Substance Use in Bellevue, WA

HCBTS, Bellevue’s Trauma Treatment For Substance Use has developed a portion of its treatment program specifically designed to understand and treat trauma. This part of the program uses a combination of different therapies to address underlying trauma that has affected a client as well as address conditions that have developed because of this trauma.

The program is designed to create a space where a client can confront and explore their own trauma and its relation to their current world. This space is made to be confidential and understanding in order to provide as much support as possible through the process.

HCBTS Bellevue’s Trauma Treatment For Substance Use Program utilizes several different therapy methods as a means of holistically addressing trauma and its associated conditions.


EMDR is a very effective therapy for treating our clients with PTSD symptoms.

EMDR, or Eye Movement Processing and Desensitization, is a psychotherapy treatment that aims to connect traumatic memories with re-established information, creating a sense of control and a new perspective on a memory.

This treatment has been growing in popularity as a method to address PTSD because of its unique approach to trauma. EMDR specifically focuses on the memory itself and its relationship to an individual’s thought process. Its goal is to change the way it is stored and associated within the brain, ultimately reducing the brain’s physical reaction to the trauma.

A study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry found that EMDR was successful for over 70% of those that participated in the study and only 22.7% of the participants still met the criteria to be treated for PTSD following the study.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

While EMDR focuses on the memory itself, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on the behavioral patterns a person developed due to their trauma. This form of therapy addresses negative associations made regarding the traumatic event and effectively changes the emotional processes attached to those associations. Therapists use a combination of techniques that are specifically focused on reducing the severity of symptoms and providing practical day-to-day coping skills. This helps to mold significant coping mechanisms for clients working through severe triggers and emotional relapses associated with their trauma.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is effective in many different environments and is used to address suicidal ideation, mood dysregulation, self-harm, and substance abuse. This method of psychotherapy is fitting  conflict in interpersonal relationships and focuses on resolving unhealthy patterns within the relationship. Patients are taught effective skills in navigating their environment and focus on unlearning destructive behavioral patterns.

This therapy has proven to be effective in addressing untrue beliefs. It uses mindfulness to manage the unhealthy or overwhelming emotions and thoughts associated with trauma and PTSD.

Meditation and Yoga

HCBS Bellevue incorporates yoga and meditation as a part of our holistic approach to healing. Yoga connects the mind and body through breath and purposeful movement, supporting the physical health and strength of our clients as well as a mental and emotional balance. Having a yoga routine can instill a healthy sense of structure and routine to your mental process and general flow of consciousness.

Meditation can often take on many forms. For example, breathwork moves a high volume of oxygen throughout the body and encourages clients to practice different breathing forms that can relieve anxiety and often produce profound insights. Body scan meditations create a sense of presence and discipline that translates to the daily routine.

Daily meditation reduces stress and promotes emotional wellness in the healing process, whether one is healing from addiction or trauma.

Group Therapy

HCBTS, Bellevue, utilizes targeted support groups to support clients that are coping with grief and trauma. These groups create an important space where people can connect with one another and express their experience in a safe and understanding environment. This community is a key part of the support system at HCBTS, Bellevue and it acts as a means to connect people through events in our lives that often isolate us.

We offer women’s and men’s groups as well as groups that are focused on specific grief for our clients. There are group therapies also focused on specific substance abuse and other co-occurring conditions along with addiction.

Why This Matters to Us

If we do not address the whole person, including the trauma and related conditions that may be underlying a client’s addiction, the client is more likely to relapse after leaving the program. HCBTS is dedicated not just to providing an effective recovery program, but one that actively supports long-term recovery.

Substance use disorders are complicated, multi-faceted conditions that are often exasperated and perpetuated by other mental health conditions. Sometimes they are associated with trauma or abuse. To provide effective rehabilitation, our program addresses each part of addiction and its outside or underlying factors.

Trauma Treatment For Substance Use

Individual therapy is utilized to address each client as an individual in order to create a recovery plan that addresses their individual needs. These different therapies we offer create a space where each client can address their trauma in a safe and private manner with licensed and experienced professionals.

Group therapy helps bring authentic connection to each of our clients and normalizes any stigmas that may exist around trauma or addiction. While addiction and trauma can force someone to feel isolated, group therapy reminds clients that they are never alone and a part of a larger, supportive recovery community. Group therapy replaces shame and denial with community and understanding.

At our Trauma Treatment For Substance Use Program, we are dedicated to understanding trauma and how it affects those who’ve experienced it. We support our clients as they work to understand their addiction and how it relates to the trauma they have experienced.

Call us today for more information on our trauma program and other specialized treatment tracks.

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