Co-treating Trauma and Addiction Disorders at The Cabin Dubai
According to a 2012 study in the Current Psychiatry Reports Journal, “over half of the individuals seeking treatment for addiction meet the criteria for current PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).” The report also states that individuals with PTSD have a significantly lower success rate when it comes to addiction recovery. Furthermore, research indicates that a client’s chance of relapse increases dramatically unless their trauma is treated in conjunction with their addiction.
The inextricable link between trauma and addiction has been well documented, but only recently have treatment centres adopted methods to address both addiction and trauma simultaneously. In accordance with the top minds in addiction around the globe, The Cabin has created a specialised and holistic trauma programme to ensure lasting healing and recovery.
What is Trauma?
Trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is typically assumed to be associated with extreme or severe incidents, such as violence or war. However, the reality is that trauma can stem from any situation that is emotionally painful or distressing. Trauma can, and often does, develop after a life-threatening situation such as combat, a car crash or an assault. What’s less well known, though, is that trauma can result from anything that threatens one’s wellbeing or sense of control – such as sexual, physical or psychological abuse, infidelity or relationship problems.
Symptoms of PTSD include reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event, negative changes in thoughts or feelings, hyperactivity or hyper vigilance and susceptibility to addiction and mood disorders.
Trauma can fall into one of three categories:
‘Big T’ Trauma or Shock Trauma
‘Big T’ trauma refers to trauma caused by a severely stressful event that can also include physical abuse. It is commonly brought on by acts of violence, both physical and sexual in nature. Frequently, shock trauma results from significant, unwelcome or unexpected loss. Some examples of ‘Big T’ trauma are: transportation accidents, natural disasters or the sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one. This form of trauma might be experienced directly, but it can also be experienced indirectly (as a witness to an incident).
‘Small t’ trauma
‘Small t’ trauma refers to fairly common, but also distressing, incidents. These events may not seem particularly noteworthy to the outside observer. However, what makes these experiences traumatic is the intensity of the emotions they cause. Often, when others dismiss the impact of the event in question, this compounds the trauma.
A common saying that can be applied to ‘small t’ trauma is “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” The incident of trauma appears less significant to an outsider than it is for the person who experienced it.
Examples of ‘small t’ trauma include:
- Being bullied/left out at school
- Divorce of parents
- Losing friends
- Moving house
- Changing schools
- Having a learning disorder
- Being fired from a job
- Being threatened
‘Small t’ trauma often falls under the umbrella of ‘complex trauma’ (described below).
Complex trauma describes incidents that could be both ‘Big T’ and ‘small t’ traumas. They are complex because the events or experiences are repetitive, prolonged and cumulative and can also occur within specific relationships or contexts.
For instance: relational trauma is a type of complex trauma that occurs within a family, and developmental trauma (another form of complex trauma) occurs during the key developmental stages of childhood and adolescence. Contextual complex trauma may also occur during a period of vulnerability such as disability, old age, disempowerment or dependency.
A few examples of prolonged and cumulative circumstances that might invite complex trauma are multiple military deployments, domestic abuse or being exploited by a person in power or authority.
Trauma and Addiction – What is the Correlation?
Trauma and addiction are frequently co-occurring disorders. Often people suffering from a traumatic event will turn to drugs or alcohol in an effort to self-medicate. Symptoms of trauma include anxiety – and for those who have experienced trauma, living in constant fear is a reality. Drugs and alcohol can help to soothe these feelings. Without proper treatment for trauma, addiction can easily take hold.
It is incredibly important that those suffering from trauma and addiction are treated properly for their trauma. Otherwise, their chances of relapsing are incredibly high. Co-occurring disorders are one of the leading causes of addiction and thus must be treated alongside addiction.
Your Best Option for Co-treating Addiction and Trauma
The Cabin Dubai co-treats addiction and trauma with a highly effective, holistic model that incorporates trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma release exercise (TRE) yoga.
Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a proven method designed to help trauma sufferers properly process memories that are causing pain. It involves bi-lateral eye movements which help to move painful memories from the forefront of the mind into the long-term memory. Just eight EDMR sessions significantly reduces PTSD symptoms.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the leading therapy method for treating addiction and other mental health disorders. It involves a process of changing patterns of thinking and behaviour as well as getting to the root of these issues.
Trauma release exercise (TRE) yoga is another tool that helps in processing traumatic events. By safely activating a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating, muscular tension is released, encouraging the body to return back to a state of balance.
Why Choose The Cabin Dubai for Trauma and Addiction Treatment?
During your time at the Cabin Dubai, you will receive the most cutting-edge trauma treatment available. In addition, you will learn a great deal about the nature of trauma.
Our professionally trained and accredited counsellors understand the complexity of both addiction and trauma individually, as well as how they interplay. The Cabin’s team provides compassionate, evidence-based therapy to treat the roots of your trauma-related disorder while you participate in addiction treatment.
Our highly personalised approach ensures that you have the best possible chance of success. The Cabin Dubai allows you to fit treatment around your daily commitments.
If you prefer, we also offer Telehealth services, allowing you to receive treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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