Many individuals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction suffer from some form of trauma. Trauma can be caused by physical, sexual, or emotional abuse (particularly when experienced as a child), rape, combat in war, death of a loved one, natural disasters, or any other event that caused the person to be in fear for their life or safety for an extended period of time. These experiences can lead a person to experience negative memories, flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, and other indicators of being psychologically troubled that can last long after the event has been resolved. Individuals often turn to alcohol and drugs as ways to self-medicate those uncomfortable symptoms and soothe lingering anxieties and so and the treatment for both substance use, and trauma is closely tied.
When a client seeks addiction treatment at Long Island Center for Recovery and is diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder that is shown to be related to traumatic past event or events, specific therapeutic treatments are added to their individualized rehab program. This additional trauma therapy and specified addiction treatment will address the unresolved past trauma and clear the related painful and disturbing memories. Trauma therapy for addiction is tailored to each individual’s needs and is essential in clients’ healing process and his or her success for the lifelong recovery.
Trauma therapy sessions are offered utilizing Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) and it is offered in conjunction with our addiction treatment programs. This form of trauma therapy for addiction is effective, efficient and proven valuable for those who need it most. Rapid Resolution Therapy® is an effective intervention to alleviate symptoms related to trauma such as: anxiety, fear, panic disorder, relationship issues and heartbreak, accident, chronic pain, emotional/sexual/physical abuse, performance problems, self-defeating patterns, poor self-esteem, flashbacks, & body image issues.
RRT is a powerful and gentle holistic psycho therapeutic approach to healing and positive change. It works by eliminating emotional pain and destructive behavioral patterns, while completely resolving the psychological and physiological effects of trauma. It is particularly effective in clearing anxiety and the negative effects of past trauma or grief. Unlike other approaches to trauma therapy treatment with RRT the client does not experience painful emotions while reliving the trauma. Rapid Resolution Therapy® dramatically reduces treatment time. Rather than spending months or years in many hours of weekly talk-therapy sessions, clients often find relief within their first few sessions. RRT was developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, and over his thirty years of treating clients with trauma, his therapeutic services can only be delivered by qualified and certified therapists.
This revolutionary trauma treatment has been mentioned at the US Military website as an optional treatment that works.
The Army isn’t currently using RRT to treat PTSD, but the treatment is provided through private practices and has been an effective treatment for addiction and trauma therapy. RRT can clear trauma in as little as one to three sessions, according to its developer, Jon Connelly.
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