Trauma affects people across the United States and here in Nebraska every day. Natural disasters, domestic abuse, gun violence, and accidents lead people to struggle with the effects of trauma every day. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that a life-threatening event has affected their physical, mental, and emotional health. Others may not know where to find help. Self-medicating with drugs and alcohol is one of the most common ways people deal with trauma. At Northpoint Nebraska, we use a range of addiction treatment therapies to help uncover, treat, and manage unresolved trauma for happy, healthy futures.
If you or someone in your life needs trauma therapy, call Northpoint Nebraska. Our outpatient programs make trauma therapy and addiction treatment accessible to the greater Omaha area. Call us now at 402.698.3475 to learn how our addiction treatment therapies can help you and your loved ones thrive.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma might seem simple, but it is complex and personalized to the individual in reality. What someone may perceive as traumatic, someone else won’t. This, in some part, depends on upbringing, experience, belief systems, and someone’s ability to self-regulate their nervous system. Trauma is a physical, mental, and emotional response to a life-threatening event. When threatened, our reptile brain turns on the fight, flight, or freeze response. This is our ancient survival response that has kept humans alive in dangerous situations for millennia. During fight, flight, or freeze, the body releases certain chemicals to help us survive. If these chemicals are processed during the event, it becomes a memory. If they don’t, it becomes trauma.
Studies show that unresolved trauma traps these chemicals in the body’s tissues. When this happens, non-life-threatening events can trigger traumatic memories, flashbacks, and other physical responses as the body attempts to process the unresolved event. While trauma is deeply connected to a person’s memory, it is also connected to the body’s experience of an event. For those who suffered childhood trauma, there may be little or no memory of an event. However, they may struggle with strange symptoms like aggression, feeling on edge, emotional outbursts, and feeling unsafe in otherwise safe situations. These are all signs of unresolved trauma.
Treating Trauma and Addiction Through Dual Diagnosis
Unfortunately, trauma often leads to self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. For those who also have co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, addiction is more likely to develop. Luckily, there are many approaches to treating trauma and reducing addiction triggers at the same time. At Northpoint Nebraska, we use dual diagnosis to diagnose, treat, and manage addiction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma.
Behavioral therapy is a leading therapy for addiction and mental health. For those processing trauma, behavioral therapy can provide gradual life changes to help people overcome triggers. When used alongside other therapies, it can provide a holistic approach to healing. At Northpoint Nebraska, we provide trauma therapy alongside alternative therapies like music and meditation. Alternative therapies provide coping tools and help people express their feelings and process memories outside of talk therapy.
Learn More About The Benefits of Trauma Counseling in Nebraska
If you or someone in your life is struggling with trauma or PTSD, don’t manage symptoms at home. The team at Northpoint Nebraska is here to help. Our comprehensive, evidence-based treatment programs provide a range of outpatient care for addiction and trauma therapy. Serving the greater Omaha area, our clinic gives patients a balance between flexibility and care with PHPs, IPOs, and traditional outpatient recovery.
Call Northpoint Nebraska Now To Get Started With Trauma Therapy
Trauma rarely resolves on its own. Now is the time to get help. Call Northpoint Nebraska 402.698.3475 to connect with a therapist and enroll in our programs today.