At Santé Center for Healing, we know that addiction occurs as a result of many factors. Unresolved trauma is often the root problem, resulting in substance use disorders, eating disorders, problematic sexual behavior, compulsive behaviors, co-occurring psychiatric disorders, and professional and safety-sensitive issues. Trauma produces radiating effects on individuals- psychologically (anxiety, depression, guilt, shame), physically (chronically activated stress response, sleep problems, chronic pain, inadequate medical care) and socially (isolation, rigid relationships, inauthentic relationships). To increase the likelihood of long-term recovery, Santé’s clinical team uses an integrated model where substance abuse recovery and trauma resolution components are working simultaneously, resulting in mindfulness, distress tolerance, reduced shame, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

What Is Trauma Treatment?

Santé Center for Healing offers trauma treatment to help people overcome traumas in their life. Individual trauma results for an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. In many cases, trauma is physical or sexual abuse that people experienced as children. Other times, it’s losing a loved one or witnessing traumatic events.  

“In the United State, 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one lifetime traumatic event, and 90% of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma. (National Comorbidity Survey, Archives of General Psychiatry)

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How Does Trauma Lead to Addiction?

The link between trauma and addiction is pretty clear. People turn to alcohol and other drugs to deal with the difficult events in their lives. Over time, they start to abuse the substance. It doesn’t take long for substance abuse to turn into full-blown addiction. As part of our addiction treatment program, we treat both issues simultaneously to promote healing. 

Santé Center for Healing is a trauma-resolution facility. If and when you hear “trauma informed”, it indicates a professional knows trauma is involved but might not address it. 

We believe those suffering from trauma need and deserve more. Santé works towards resolution, decreasing the psychological (anxiety, depression, guilt, shame), physical (chronically activated stress response, sleep problems, chronic pain, inadequate medical care) and social (isolation, rigid or inauthentic relationships) effects of trauma.  

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Why People Need to Seek Treatment for Trauma

Years ago, rehab facilities focused solely on treating physical addictions. While this helped people in the short term, it did nothing to help their long-term sobriety. To keep people from relapsing, they must deal with the cause of the addiction. At Santé Center for Healing, we do just that in our trauma treatment services.

In Santé’s experience, trauma is often a core, underlying issue for substance abuse, problematic sexual behavior, disordered eating and other compulsive behaviors and mental illnesses.  

Research shows that individuals who have experienced trauma have a higher percentage of substance abuse compared to the general population. If trauma goes unaddressed, individuals in recovery are more likely to relapse, have poorer physical health outcomes, and unaddressed trauma is more likely to hinder future recovery attempts.

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Types of Trauma

There’s no one-size-fits-all option for trauma recovery. People experience trauma in different ways and for different reasons. As a result, Santé Center for Healing believes that it’s important to offer a number of different recovery plans. In fact, we built our addiction treatment programs around customizing treatment plans for people.

One type of trauma that people experience is single-event trauma. Single-event trauma happens only one time. Some of the leading causes of single-event trauma include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Abduction
  • Community violence
  • Early childhood trauma 
  • Intimate partner violence 
  • Medical trauma 
  • Physical abuse 
  • Robbery 
  • Sexual abuse 
  • Traumatic grief 

Trauma can be acute, chronic or complex. Acute trauma mainly results from a single distressing event. The event is extreme to the individual involved, as their emotional or physical security was threatened. Chronic trauma is when an individual is exposed to multiple traumatic experiences over an extended period of time. Several unaddressed acute traumas can progress into chronic trauma. For individuals who are experiencing complex trauma, they’ve been exposed to a variety of numerous traumatic experiences or events, generally within the context of interpersonal relationships. 

Whatever the level or type of trauma, it is important to work towards healing, restoration, and trauma resolution with a trusted and experienced professional; otherwise, the negative implications impact an individual’s overall health, relationships, performance and life satisfaction. 

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Get Help for Your Addiction and Trauma at Santé Center for Healing

If you’ve experienced trauma that has led to addiction, it’s important that you receive professional help. At Santé Center for Healing, we provide help for both addiction and trauma resolution. 

Santé’s clinical team recognizes the widespread impact of trauma, recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma, and understands the potential paths of recovery through an integrated model.

From the initial assessment all the way to discharge planning and lifetime alumni services, each step in our process is geared towards identifying and working through traumatic experiences while simultaneously looking at how traumatic events and experiences have contributed to the individual’s mental health and addiction struggles.

Santé Center for Healing treats individuals struggling with:

Santé’s robust, evidence-based program addresses trauma throughout our recovery continuum of care:

  • Licensed Professional Assessments
  • Medical Detox
  • Residential 
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Transitional Living
  • Family Programming
  • Individual Therapy & Med Management
  • Intensive Workshops
  • Monitoring
  • Alumni Support 

At Santé Center for Healing, we focus on providing all of our clients with unique treatment plans. We believe that no two people are the same, so why should their treatment plans be? We customize your treatment plan to fit your individual needs and concerns.

One of our alumni put it best when he said, “we have to heal our past to experience a different future.” 

Contact us to find out how treating the underlying cause of your addiction is the only way to prevent relapse. Don’t let your trauma consume your life any longer. Reach out to us today at 866.238.3154 for more information.