Trauma recovery cases are among the most unfortunate in the mental health field. Trauma recovery patients often fall into a pattern of severe emotional distress, through no fault of their own, and can develop subsequent addictions that wind up further damaging their lives. People who experience traumatic incidents such as sexual assault, physical abuse, and even battlefield combat, often have a great deal of difficulty living with them. They either bury the memories of the trauma until the pressure builds and begins eat away at their subconscious, forcing them into a pattern of self-destructive behavior, or they wind up hurting someone else in a moment of reflexive aggression. Therapy is a vital resource for anyone living with traumatic memories, repressed or otherwise. There are a number of therapeutic methods that help victims work through the consequences of their trauma without having to unpack those repressed memories..
Patients who benefit from trauma therapy include:
Trauma counselors will often design specific coping exercises around a patient's individual triggers or issues. There are also a few tried and true universal therapies that can help patients live with their traumatic memories:
No matter what trauma you’re living with, there is undoubtedly a program that can help you deal with it. There’s no reason why you should let your trauma rule your life. The National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of the leading trauma recovery centers in the United States.