Emotional and psychological trauma are intense emotional reaction to a severe situation that are caused by stress-inducing events such as abuse, natural disaster, assault, car accidents, or the unexpected, sudden death of a loved one. It’s important to note that psychological trauma does not have to involve a physical trauma. A traumatic event is an occurrence or a pattern of occurrences that completely overwhelm your ability to cope with the emotions of the experience. These overwhelming feelings can last days, weeks, months or even years.
Traumatic events are psychologically damaging as they violate the way you’re used to seeing the world and your rights as an individual, which can lead to feelings of confusion and insecurity. If you’re struggling to overcome a traumatic event, remember that it’s not the objective facts of the event that make it traumatic for you; it’s the way that you emotionally interpreted the events. The more frightened and helpless you felt during your traumatic event, the more likely it is that you’ll feel traumatized afterward.
Being traumatized after a particularly traumatic event is not the result of a character flaw or weakness on your part. Everyone reacts differently to traumatic situations, so don’t judge your symptoms upon the reactions of others. Simply because someone else did not experience the same event in the same way does not minimize the way you feel about what happened. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings about the traumatic event and the symptoms you are experiencing should always be taken seriously. Like any physical trauma, your soul needs a chance to cope with your emotions, process them, and heal before you can move on.
Your responses to trauma are normal reactions to abnormal events.
No matter what traumatic event you’ve experienced, it’s time to take control of your life and begin to heal from the trauma. You need the experience and dedication of the staff at Blue Ridge to allow your soul the chance to heal from the trauma and start the process of regaining your life. At Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center, we’ll work alongside you to process the trauma and begin to heal. We’ll be alongside you every step of the way. No one should live in fear and misery. Let us help you heal.
Why Should You Consider Residential Treatment at Blue Ridge?
A traumatic experience can completely disrupt an individual’s life, leaving them feeling scared and alone. The longer the symptoms of trauma go on untreated the worse the symptoms will be. That’s why it’s vital that you take the aftermath of the traumatic event you experienced and allow others to help you through this difficult time. No one should suffer alone.
At Blue Ridge we are equipped to help individuals who are struggling with the repercussions of a traumatic experience. Our main concern is that you feel safe and supported while you begin to heal. We make sure that you always have support and compassion when you need it most.
Our beautiful recovery center is located on 40 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which provides you the perfect calming environment to heal from your intensely traumatic event. Our holistic treatment approach ensures that you will get the most comprehensive trauma treatment available to allow you to best heal from the events, process your feelings, and remind yourself that there is hope for the future. Our empathic and fully trained treatment team is ready to help you overcome your fears by various types of empirically validated therapies and medication management to best allow you to reclaim your life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
The multidimensional residential treatment programs at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center is dedicated to providing personalized care to each person who walks through our doors. Our emphasis is placed on treating the person as a whole instead of focusing on your symptoms. We know that you’re not defined by the trauma you experienced.
The compassionate staff at Blue Ridge takes the time to get to know you on a personal level so that we are able to provide you with the best plan of care for your struggles during your stay with us. We focus on the strengths that you do have and use them to empower you to take an active role in your recovery. You can get through this. We’ll be beside you every step of the way.
Types of Therapy we Use to Treat Trauma
The residential program at Blue Ridge for trauma recovery offers many different effective treatment models. Through years of experience we have found that the best way to help individuals who are suffering emotional and psychological trauma is to use a combination of medication management, traditional therapy, and experiential techniques.
Medication is often used to help individuals who have experienced trauma to cope with the emotional pain they are experiencing. Additionally, medication may be used to manage the symptoms of co-occurring disorders, such as depression, that may have developed as a result of the trauma. Types of medication will depend upon the presenting symptoms and any co-occurring disorders and will be discussed with your treatment team. After you’ve had some time to heal and work through your painful emotions, medication may be decreased or eliminated.
Individual therapy provides you with a safe intimate setting where you will work with a licensed therapist to process your feelings about your traumatic experience. Individual sessions are designed to give you the chance to delve deeper into your concerns and get what you need out of therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used to identify and alter negative ways of thinking. By challenging negative thought patterns and changing them to more constructive thoughts, you can begin to change your behavior.
Reality-based therapy (RT) focuses on the current problems you are having as a result of your traumatic experience. By focusing on current problems, you we will be able to address those issues and overcome your difficulties when presented with them in real life. Through RT, you’ll learn that you alone hold the key to creating the future you want and through your behaviors, you’ll be able to attain all that you dream of.
Group therapy is a large part of our residential treatment programs. We want you to connect with other individuals who have gone through traumatic experiences so that you can gain additional support and validation. This allows you to work together to overcome your fears. We offer both process and psycho-educational groups that focus on a variety of topics depending on the group session.
Our family therapy sessions are there to help you reconnect with loved ones and work on any problems within the family dynamic. We also hold a 2-day intensive family workshop where your family members will learn about how trauma can emotionally and psychological damage an individual and how they can contribute to your recovery process.
We also provide additional non-traditional methods to assist with your recovery. These may include:
- Recreational programming
- Guided meditation
- Spiritual therapy
- Art programming
- Nutritional counseling
- Role playing
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Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When you are close to being discharged from the residential treatment program at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center, you will sit down with your treatment team to set up an appropriate aftercare plan to work on your continued recovery. Together you will determine which program will be the next best step for your recovery needs. All of these types of programs provide less structure than residential programs, but still offer a variety of therapeutic services.
Some individuals choose to step-down to a lower level of care such as Partial Hospital Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Others feel that traditional outpatient therapy is best. If you are returning home, we will connect you with a local outpatient provider and set up an appointment time to ensure there is no lapse in your recovery.
No matter the program you choose, we will help make all the arrangements to allow the transition to be as smooth as possible. We want you to continue to be successful in your recovery.