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How Does DBT Help With Trauma Recovery?

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How Does DBT Help With Trauma Recovery?

Trauma recovery is essential. Many individuals struggle with carrying trauma throughout their lives. Some know that something feels off, while others do not even realize their symptoms are taking place. 

There are many approaches and methods for treatment that can help individuals heal from trauma. However, many people do not know what they are or how they work. Some even develop substance use disorder (SUD) or other mental health disorders from struggling with trauma. You do not have to take on these wounds of war and live with them.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a great form of treatment for trauma recovery. The mental, emotional, and physical damage that trauma can cause can be avoided. Even if trauma does cause damage, you can recover from it with treatment.

Why Trauma Recovery Is Important: Where Does Trauma Come From?

Trauma is the debris left behind from terrifying, uncomfortable, and jolting life situations and events. It is a continuum of distress that can feel unshakable if it is not worked through after its birth. 

Trauma comes from single and specific events or prolonged and repeated traumatic occurrences in one’s life. Have you ever heard the phrase trauma response? A response that is birthed by trauma is an umbrella of symptoms one struggling with trauma may have. Symptoms of trauma can include:

  • Being on guard
  • Jumpy or easily frightened
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Trouble focusing 

Trauma can be experienced at any time throughout life. There’s childhood or adolescent trauma. Teenagers can carry childhood trauma into their teen years and experience new traumas as well. Those traumas experience in childhood and as a teenager can follow you into adulthood also. 

If you never learn how it affects individuals and truly understand the importance of healing from your trauma, it can become a part of you. From adolescence through adulthood, you can wind up on a loop as you continue to carry past trauma and develop new ones. 

When trauma is not addressed and grows with you through life, it can change you. It can cause you to be a reflection of characteristics that you do not and have never identified with. 

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

DBT is a form of psychotherapy in which supporting evidence shows success in the treatment of mood and behavioral disorders. It can help change negative behavior patterns like substance use and suicidal thoughts or self-harm. 

DBT works to address and provide the treatment of multiproblem. Trauma can come with the baggage from the event that it stems from and even create new issues as well. DBT helps you to release the baggage and pain that trauma brings into your life.

How DBT Helps With Trauma Recovery

Trauma recovery can consist of various forms of therapy.  DBT is a specific form of psychotherapy that takes a deeper dive into assessing the behavioral changes caused by your trauma. As DBT is a form of talk therapy, it allows you to go back to the root of your trauma and talk through it. 

Addressing the trauma in your life is almost like digging up a grave and assessing what lies beneath the dirt. This assessment is necessary to heal the wounds trauma has inflicted on you. DBT uses the information provided by your symptoms and the discovery of their origin to treat your trauma. 

When trauma changes you, it can feel or look unexplained to others as well as yourself. Oftentimes people are unaware of the damage that trauma has done in their lives. DBT helps to uncover these hidden truths and allows you to walk in the balance and comforts of who you truly are. 

One behavioral change that trauma can bring about is alcohol and substance use. If a dependency is then developed in an attempt to cope, your behavior can change even more. This can start a downward spiral that can only be halted by treatment.

Getting Started With Trauma Recovery: How Lantana Recovery Is Here to Help

Never think that something is wrong with you or that you are flawed because of traumatic life experiences that you have survived. Living in such a judgemental society that stigmatizes any form of mental illness makes getting help hard. 

Seeking treatment and help means acknowledging that there is a problem. However, you can find solace in knowing that you are not alone. At Lantana Recovery, you can get the support and resources that you need to heal and live in your truth. You do not have to exist as a result of trauma.

Our goal is to help you achieve effective recovery. We want to give you your best shot at getting back to the real you. Even if you’ve experienced so much hurt that you have yet to discover all that you are, treatment can help you find it. We offer several treatment options and a structured plan of action to ensure your total healing and recovery.

Many individuals do not know it, but trauma is extremely common. Children, teenagers, and adults of all ages can experience trauma. Trauma can be damaging to one’s life and cause them to behave differently, such as overindulging in substance use or even self-harm. Recovering from trauma is highly important. However, sometimes individuals do not know that they are even struggling with trauma or carrying it with them through life. If you or someone you know is struggling with trauma or addiction as a result of it, help is available. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a great form of therapy to treat trauma. For more information on addiction and trauma recovery, call Lantana Recovery at (866) 997-2870

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