When it comes to chronic pain, trauma therapy helps you resolve experiences that makes it difficult to cope with daily stress. Of course, the details tend to be more complicated and nuanced. That said, therapists agree that there’s a distinct connection between unresolved trauma and chronic pain. Moreover, there’s also plenty of proof that physical distress and substance abuse go hand in hand.
The Connection Between Childhood Trauma and Adult Dysfunction
Trauma therapy seeks to undo the damage of childhood trauma caused. At the time that people experience the traumatic situations, certain structures within the brain may delay growing or functioning. Structural growth challenges cause coping mechanisms to delay forming. In fact, these challenges can stop coping mechanisms from forming altogether.
Fast forward to adulthood, where people now must function within society’s guidelines of acceptable behavior. Individuals struggling to fit in because of missing coping skills deal with increasing isolation. Stressors such as school, work, relationships, and family dynamics, demand adjustments, too. When stress exceeds coping skills, people frequently self-medicate with substances.
Factoring in a Dual Diagnosis
Trauma therapy accepts that people with addictions or pain problems often have mental health obstacles, too. For this reason, experts assess rely upon dual diagnosis. Since many drugs target neurotransmitters, self-medicating as a way to cope makes sense. Programs that discount a dual diagnosis or the importance of pain recovery set their clients for failure.
How Trauma Therapy Makes It Possible to Reach Lasting Sobriety
It makes sense that physical pain treatments can give way to pain pill addictions. When individuals enter rehab to attempt overcoming painkiller abuse, they don’t always receive trauma therapy. Thus, their pain persists. Once people leave a rehab facility and seek out a doctor, they may receive pain pills again.
Before long, the cycle of dependence and addiction repeats. Individuals feel hopeless because they perceive their inability to stay clean as a character flaw. What they don’t realize is that the system let them down. They didn’t receive adequate chronic pain treatment.
In other situations, pain can be a direct reaction to an emotional response. While this response may be the result of actual physical pain, it’s often due to insufficient psychological coping mechanisms. Pain treatment center experts work with rehab program participants to discover healthier coping techniques. At a qualified facility, individuals have the opportunity to explore life without dangerous prescription medications that could lead to a relapse.
Customized Treatment Programs Help Participants get a Handle on Pain Management
At Driftwood Recovery in Texas, our experienced therapists understand the connection between trauma therapy, substance use disorder and pain management. Our facility offers customizable treatment programs to help clients recover from chronic pain. Some of these programs include:
- 24/7 Residential treatment program on our 85-acre ranch land property
- Intensive outpatient program arrangements that offer treatment flexibility without sacrificing high-quality therapy
- Partial hospitalization program as a step down or starting point for those with severe addiction histories
- Extended care program to ease into the transition home to a changed life
- Courageous Loved Ones’ Courageous Family Program that helps mend broken relationships
With each of these programs, our goal is to offer full customization that focuses on your needs rather than on those of a hypothetical participant.
Begin Recovering from Chronic Pain
If you’re struggling with chronic pain, prescription drug addiction, or disabling functional impairments, Driftwood Recovery experts are here for you. If you’ve tried to get help before, but it didn’t stick, you might’ve gotten treatment at the wrong facility. Call 866-426-4694 for a real chance at lifelong recovery!