Understanding Trauma

In tandem with substance abuse treatment we treat trauma and offer a nuanced approach to addressing its many faces.Trauma is not selective; it doesn’t exclusively affect a particular group and can stem from a myriad of situations: It can be a one-time event, a prolonged period of events, or chronic, lasting adversities. Traumas can range from witnessing violence, experiencing a natural disaster, facing a serious accident, enduring physical or emotional abuse, to living through events of war or terrorism. The effects of trauma can be transient, but they can also have lasting repercussions on an individual’s emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. Some common characteristics of trauma include:

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

While trauma describes both an event and an emotional response, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. This disorder can arise when trauma symptoms persist and interfere with daily life long after the traumatic event has ended. PTSD is characterized by chronic and disruptive symptoms that can severely impact an individual’s daily functioning.
Both trauma and PTSD require understanding and the appropriate therapeutic interventions for healing and recovery. At New Found Life we integrate a trauma informed approach when treating clients with substance abuse and co-occurring trauma and PTSD. Therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), equine therapy and mindfulness meditation are a few of the modalities that work well along with individual therapy, experiential work, psychiatric care and medication management.

Trauma + Addiction Treatment in Long Beach, CA

At New Found Life, we believe in the possibility of reclaiming one’s life from the clutches of trauma. Our treatment programs have been redefining lives since 1993. If trauma and addiction shadows your life, allow us to illuminate a path toward healing and wholeness.