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Trauma-Informed Therapies

A trauma is defined as an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury or threat to one's physical integrity. They can be directly experienced, witnessed or learned about events. Examples of traumatic events experienced directly include: experiencing a natural or manmade disaster; being kidnapped or taken hostage; being a victim of sexual assault, robbery and/or physical attack; and engaging in military combat.

Symptoms of Trauma:
  • Sense of numbing.
  • Sense of detachment.
  • Absence of emotional responsiveness.
  • Being in a daze.
  • Depersonalization.
  • Decreased recall of important aspects of the trauma.
  • Recurrent: images, thoughts, dreams, illusions and flashbacks.
  • Reliving the experience.
  • Distress on reminders of the event.
  • Marked avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma (thoughts, feelings, conversations, people, activities, places).
  • Marked symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal (difficulty sleeping, irritability, poor concentration, hypervigilance, exaggerated response and motor restlessness).
Source: SAMHSA

If you or someone you care about has experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event and is abusing alcohol or drugs to ease painful memories, trauma may be the primary driver of substance abuse. Rather than avoiding the issue, Gateway Treatment Centers can help individuals work through traumatic events and instill in them a sense of resilience with our personalized approach. Through integrated treatment, trauma victims may simultaneously addresses addiction and mental health concerns with trauma-specific treatment approaches to meet individual needs.

Gateway Specializes in Trauma-Informed Therapies

Trauma can be seen in chemically dependent people's history and while it does not cause chemical dependency, it can be a block to recovery that needs to be part of both the treatment and recovery process. Trauma can result from experiences of violence and includes physical, sexual and institutional abuse, neglect and disasters that induce powerlessness, fear, recurrent hopelessness and a constant state of alert or even anxiety. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by trauma.

Gateway Treatment Centers is committed to providing a supportive environment in addition to professionals who are trained in evidence-based trauma practices. Grounded in trust and mutual respect, our collaborative methodology helps individuals in treatment leverage their strengths and improve coping skills.

In addition to Outpatient Treatment Programs, the Gateway treatment network also offers gender-specific Residential/ Inpatient Treatment Programs to address specific recovery needs. Our experienced addiction counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, family therapists and social workers will collaborate with you or your loved one to help get life back on track.

Once treatment is complete, Gateway extends support for lifelong recovery, which is why a continuing care plan is part of every person's treatment experience. In addition, on-going recovery support and fellowship is offered post-treatment through Gateway's Alumni Program.

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