Trauma Therapy


Oftentimes, those who experience traumatic life experiences can turn to substances to self soothe with the aftereffects of these events. Whether you are suffering from physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological trauma experienced as a child or adult, these horrific events can leave undeniable marks on our brains, bodies, and souls. Untangling the symptoms of trauma to process these events are an important part of creating sustainable recovery, and an important part of the process at Root Recovery. 

Not only will you receive recovery coaching to help integrate new patterns, and coping skills into your daily life, but also identify how trauma may have affected you in therapy from a licensed psychotherapist (provided off-site in the therapist's office). So while coaching helps give tools and support to live the life you desire, this type of therapy gets to the root of the addiction itself. EMDR is often utilized in this work as an integration tool along with psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems Therapy. 

An Understanding of Trauma

Man sitting near a window suffering from trauma

Trauma is an involuntary physical, psychological, or emotional response to an event that is disturbing or distressing. It can ultimately cause problems with a person’s day-to-day functioning, and in addition cause issues with self-esteem and the way an individual perceives themselves and the world. When a person does experience a traumatic event, it causes chemical changes in their brain. Oftentimes, trauma symptoms can go hand-and-hand with the development of addiction. Types of trauma can include, but not be limited to:

  • Sexual abuse or violence
  • A car accident
  • Domestic abuse or violence
  • Combat or witnessing violence
  • Death of a loved one
  • A significant or cross-country move
  • Divorce
  • Bullying
  • War

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

man struggling with addiction

Signs and symptoms of trauma can vary from person to person. They can manifest themselves either days or years after the traumatic incident has occurred. Common symptoms seen can include mood swings, anxiety, hypersensitivity, nightmares sweating, and substance abuse, among others.

Trauma doesn't discriminate. This means regardless of your gender, race, age, or nationality, you can experience the effects of a traumatic incident. Somet individuals can experience one traumatic incident in their lives, while others can experience several. 

So, what makes an event traumatic? The important thing to remember is that individuals experience trauma in different ways for different reasons, and affect each person differently. It can happen once, twice, or even on multiple occasions. 

There are three types of trauma that include the following:

Acute trauma: When a person experiences one traumatic incident

Chronic trauma: Repeated or prolonged exposure to traumatic events

Complex trauma: When a person has experienced multiple traumatic incidents

How is Trauma Treated?

girl affected by trauma talking to therapist

At Root Recovery, we offer concierge services for our clients in order to heal from trauma and create healing, change, and recovery. Working with each individual, therapists help each client address underlying issues and develop new coping skills around the traumatic incident. In addition, treating the symptoms of trauma simultaneously with substance abuse is more effective. At Root Recovery, we believe in an alternative approach to treating trauma. We treat trauma with the following modalities. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy helps someone move through unprocessed trauma though visual or bi-lateral stimulation. This modality helps lessen the emotional pain associated with the traumatic event. Developed in the late 1980s, today EMDR Therapy is recognized as an evidenced-based form of trauma treatment.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a modality used to help individuals gain clarity with their emotions, thoughts, and belief systems. Recognizing maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and patterns learned over time, can help individuals understand the reasoning behind their coping skills. The newfound insight can help them begin to change these patterns.

Internal Family Systems Therapy 

Internal family systems therapy is rooted in looking at the internal aspect of an individual. With the belief that there are no bad parts to a person, Internal family systems therapy stands on the fact that these parts are only mitigated into bad roles such as an “inner-critic.” The objective of this modality consists of healing these painful feelings and self-limiting beliefs.

Find Sustainable Recovery in Austin, Texas

When someone experiences trauma, they can lose sight of themselves and the world around them. Without the proper help and guidance, trauma is something that can rarely be healed alone. Challenging, but deeply rewarding, trauma therapy can help to regain a sense of self, and resiliency and consistency. At Root Recovery, we stand on the belief that you are not your addiction. Our cutting edge holistic recovery retreat and medical concierge services help individuals recover from addiction, trauma, and rediscover a purpose-filled life, becoming the person they were truly meant to be.

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