Emotional and psychological trauma results from an extremely stressful or disturbing event that shatters your sense of security. People who have gone through a traumatic event feel unsafe, and this can affect the way they interact with the world around them.
Drug addicts and alcoholics who have suffered trauma often find that the experiences of the past can get in the way of their recovery. They will often relive the pain of the experience over and over, and use drugs and alcohol to numb them. Also, past trauma can trap an addict or alcoholic in the “victim” role. They will use the trauma of what happened to them to excuse their using and drinking. If they don’t let go of what has happened in the past, there is a very slim chance that they will stay clean and sober in the long term.
Trauma can affect you in a number of different ways, both psychologically and physically. Common psychological symptoms of trauma include shock, anger, guilt, shame, hopelessness, confusion, and anxiety. Trauma can manifest itself physically by causing nightmares, insomnia, muscle tension, body aches, and fatigue. These symptoms can last for months to years after the trauma occurs and they can interfere with your ability to function normally.
In trauma resolution, you will learn how the events of the past are affecting your life in the present. You will learn new skills to be able to deal with the emotions that a trauma may cause you to have about certain situations. You will learn to identify psychological and physical symptoms of trauma and how to resolve them.
Trauma resolution focuses specifically on the traumatic events in one’s life. Trauma resolution therapists concentrate on developing coping skills to help deal with past traumas. In trauma resolution, the goal is for the individual to truly let go of the negative feelings associated with the trauma and are able to approach life with an unaffected mind. Unconscious conflicts that may be blocking the client from desired change are brought to light and resolved. Negative habits, behaviors, and emotions are replaced by positive feeling and action.
The outcomes of trauma resolution are specific to the problems of the client who has experienced the trauma. Goals for trauma resolution can include getting rid of anger or anxiety, improving relationships, eliminating self-destructive behaviors, improve outlook on life, or reduce physical symptoms of trauma like insomnia or muscle pain. It is important to remember that not all extreme or potentially traumatic events create trauma. Some people get over things without the help of trauma resolution. Likewise, a person that experienced an event may have trauma from it while most others would not. Trauma is highly individualized, and so is trauma resolution. No two people have experienced the exact same traumatic event, and no two people have the same reaction to trauma. Therefore, the goals of trauma resolution and what you will learn from trauma resolution are specific to you.