What is Trauma?

Have you ever been driving in your vehicle when a police officer pulls behind you, turns his lights on, then drives around you to respond to someone else? Even though you’re aware you weren’t doing anything wrong, therefor the police officer had no reason to stop you, and didn’t; It’s still likely, in that moment, you felt anxiety, stress, elevated heart rate, lack of logical thinking, sweaty hands and maybe shakiness. This is how an individual who has experienced trauma feels like any time they’re reminded of the event.

It’s not good or bad, right or wrong, it just is.

  • Trauma is  subjective
  • Two people can be involved in the same car wreck but have completely different experiences over it
  • At its core, trauma is a normal biological response to a distressing event/events, that overwhelms the ability to cope, decreases the ability to function and causes emotional turmoil
  • Decreases logical & rational processing in the brain

Stages of Recovery

Basis – Fight or flight functions of the body and the brain go into hyper-arousal. The logical, rational side of our brain literally shuts down, in turn, our minds are essentially unable to pull ourselves out of it.

In the example of the cop car, someone who doesn’t suffer from trauma might start to feel better as soon as the cop drives off. Whereas the individual with traumatic experiences does not have the same luxury. It can take hours, days, weeks or longer for the fight or flight response to calm down.

For more information visit: https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4816_litreview.pdf

How does Stages Addresses Trauma?

  • Staff members trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professionals (CCTP’s) on staff
  • Time spent on trauma varies by client, their history is incorporated into personalized treatment planning
  • Our focus is still on substance use treatment, but we filter it through the lens of trauma therapy for those who need it
  • Trauma therapy is intense, it is not to be taken lightly especially in the outpatient setting; therefor, our focus early on during treatment is primarily focused on substance use, trigger management, gaining coping skills, relapse prevention and stabilization prior to more intense trauma work

What is EMDR?

Basics of EMDR centers around bringing the logical, rational side of the brain back “online”. Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing has risen in popularity over the previous years and claims up to 83% success rates

For more information visit: https://www.emdria.org/page/120

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