There are numerous types of trauma. Trauma can affect an individual, a family and even entire communities.  Many people don’t consider themselves survivors of trauma, but the likelihood that you have experienced or maybe even are currently experiencing something traumatic in your life is quite high.  Have you ever been bullied? Physically assaulted? Emotionally abused or neglected? 

The interesting fact about trauma is that it isn’t necessarily what the event is; it’s more about how the individual perceives the experience.  For example, one individual may experience being bullied at work but, they don’t perceive the behavior of their boss or colleagues to be that disturbing. Another person may experience the same thing, and may have trouble sleeping, could become anxious, may quit their job, develop poor self-esteem and even want to avoid work places or people that remind them of their experience.

As many as 60% of adults in the United States report having experienced a traumatic event during their childhood years. Each year, there are approximately 207,754 victims of sexual assault with someone in our country being sexually assaulted every two minutes. In the United States, approximately five million children experience some form of traumatic event each year. Research has shown that there absolutely is a relationship between experiencing trauma and using drugs or alcohol to manage the stress reaction(s) that follow.

Here is a list of several types of trauma: This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Abuse
    • Physical, emotional, sexual
  • Neglect
    • As a child, teen, adult or elder
  • Serious accident, illness or medical procedure
  • Victim or witness to domestic violence
  • War, terrorism and political violence
  • Traumatic grief (death) or separation (due to an uncontrollable situation).

Not every person will go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after experiencing something traumatic, but many will suffer from lasting traumatic stress reactions/symptoms like anxiety, low self-esteem and depression and may turn to drugs and alcohol to alleviate those symptoms and to perhaps try to forget what they endured.

The treatment providers at Beacon HouseSM are able to help people who have experienced trauma and are struggling with substance use.  Along with dedicated dual diagnosis treatment, modalities can include; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Neurofeedback, 12- Steps, and Experiential Therapies and activities such as Equine Therapy, Golfing, Surfing, and Birding.