Treatment of trauma

A previous traumatic experience is a common cause for the development of an addiction. Some people suffer from (psychological) pain caused by one or more traumatic events and start using alcohol or drugs as a means to relieve this pain. We call this 'self-medication'.

Trauma and the risk of relapse

Trauma is not a topic that is likely to be shared in a daily or even therapeutic conversation, but it can have an important influence on treatment. The relationship between addiction and traumatic reactions is often very complex and cannot be easily addressed. By leaving these problems untreated, the chance of a relapse is significantly increased. Therefore, sufficient attention must be paid to both during the treatment.

A wide variety of events can be experienced as traumatic. The reactions to this have various consequences for the person, which are sometimes very negative. These consequences can completely block the therapeutic process and treatment. Fortunately, there are many options to successfully treat trauma, often wrapped in the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are also options and therapies to help people further their personal well-being and long-term recovery from addiction.

Trauma therapy in group sessions

Effective treatment of traumatic experiences can take place in a group. By participating in a so-called trauma group, patients learn techniques to better tolerate these experiences, which creates the opportunity to successfully process the traumatic experience. After successful processing of traumatic experiences, often with the help of EMDR, the complaints decrease and patients are able to recover from addiction for a long time.

Trauma treatment with individual therapy

We offer individual therapy, where we also pay attention to traumatic experiences. This therapy is provided by highly experienced practitioners who have undergone years of specialized training to successfully deal with these problems. Various forms of treatment have proven to be successful in treating trauma and are being used. Our practitioners apply therapies such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma inoculation techniques such as Mindfulness and meditation.

The benefits of trauma treatment

Trauma-related complaints have a major influence on addictions. Although a traumatic experience can give rise to an addiction through 'self-medication', the addiction can also develop as a primary disorder. This provides a multiple diagnosis for the patient. If the traumatic experiences have been treated, this does not necessarily mean that the addiction has been treated. Treating addiction requires a different approach. Treating the addiction alone can fuel the traumatic symptoms, significantly increasing the chance of a relapse. We therefore tackle both problems simultaneously, under intensive treatment by practitioners and in consultation with doctors.