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Addressing Trauma and PTSD in Substance Abuse Treatment

Overcome trauma/PTSD and substance abuse with MBO’s holistic approach. We heal the mind, body & spirit for lasting recovery.
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The Mind Body Optimization Mission

Trapped in a cycle of trauma/PTSD and substance abuse? You are not alone — nearly two-thirds of people facing addiction have also experienced trauma.1

At Mind Body Optimization (MBO), we believe in the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. We understand that substance use disorder (SUD) is rarely the root cause of the problem, but rather a coping mechanism for deeper emotional struggles.

Sustainable healing involves addressing the whole person, not just the symptoms. Understanding the link between trauma/PTSD and substance abuse is imperative in developing integrative treatment that empowers you with the tools necessary for a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Trauma/PTSD and Substance Abuse

Understanding Trauma/PTSD and Substance Abuse

Traumas are deeply distressing or disturbing experiences that overwhelm one’s ability to cope. These experiences can range from:
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • Accidents
  • Witnessing violence
  • Natural disasters 

While everyone reacts differently to trauma, some individuals develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is marked by intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and avoiding reminders of the traumatic event.2

Common Symptoms of Trauma

The causes of trauma are diverse and can range from single incidents to prolonged exposure. The lasting impact of trauma can manifest in various ways, affecting all aspects of a person’s well-being.
Some common symptoms include:
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • Irritability and anger
  • Feelings of isolation and detachment
  • Engaging in risky or self-destructive behaviors
Those with trauma may turn to substance use to cope with their pain. In fact, nearly 50% of people with PTSD meet the criteria for a substance use disorder.3
This self-medication, while offering temporary relief, ultimately creates a vicious cycle, leading to worsened mental health and addiction.

The MBO Approach to Healing Trauma/PTSD and Substance Abuse

At MBO, we understand that healing from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse is all about a comprehensive approach that addresses the whole person.
We believe that true recovery goes beyond simply stopping substance use. It involves healing the underlying emotional wounds that may have contributed to addiction in the first place.
Our integrative approach includes various evidence-based therapies and practices to create personalized recovery plans for each individual. This may include:
  • Individual therapy to address past traumas and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Group therapy to focus on building a supportive community and sharing experiences with others who understand.
  • Mindfulness and relaxation techniques to manage stress and promote emotional well-being.
  • Nutritional guidance and physical activity focused on supporting overall physical and mental health.

MBO’s Approach to Care

We create a safe, trauma-informed, and supportive environment where individuals feel empowered to share their experiences without judgment. We recognize the impact of trauma on the healing process and tailor our interventions accordingly.

By integrating trauma-informed care into our approaches, we empower individuals to heal on a deeper level and create a balanced and rewarding life free from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.

How We Help You Heal

We offer a range of techniques to address the specific needs of individuals struggling with trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
These include:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT involves identifying and challenging negative thoughts and behaviors that may be contributing to mental health concerns. Then, individuals work to replace those negative patterns with healthier, more adaptable alternatives.4

Our CBT approach empowers individuals to develop healthy coping mechanisms and work through negative emotions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR helps people process and integrate traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment. At its core, EMDR combines guided focus on traumatic memories with bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, or sounds.5
MBO uses EMDR to help people reprocess traumatic memories. This reduces their emotional impact and lets the brain heal naturally.

Mindfulness and Meditation Practices

Mindfulness and meditation help cultivate a greater sense of calm and well-being in the face of stressful experiences, including those caused by trauma. These practices help people become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, which lets them manage stress and control emotions.6

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Nearly 21.5 million adults experience a co-occurring disorder.7
Recognizing that individuals often experience co-occurring mental health disorders alongside substance abuse, MBO offers integrated treatment plans that address trauma/PTSD and substance abuse at the same time.
By offering diverse therapies, we empower individuals to choose the approaches that resonate most with them and create a personalized path toward healing.

Insights on Trauma Resolution and Lasting Recovery

While the journey to overcome trauma/PTSD and substance abuse can seem overwhelming, it’s important to remember that lasting wellness is achievable.
At MBO, we believe that addressing the underlying trauma that may have contributed to substance abuse is crucial for sustainable recovery.

Why is Trauma Resolution Crucial for Lasting Recovery?

Trauma can leave deep emotional scars that can manifest in various ways, including substance abuse. By addressing past traumas and developing healthy coping mechanisms, individuals can break free from the cycle of addiction and build a fulfilling life.
This allows individuals to:
  • Process and manage unprocessed emotions
  • Challenge negative thought patterns
  • Break free from avoidant behaviors
  • Cultivate self-compassion
Ultimately, trauma resolution helps individuals build resilience to navigate future challenges and live a fulfilling life while acknowledging that the trauma itself cannot be erased.

How MBO’s Trauma/PTSD and Substance Abuse Treatment Helps

MBO prioritizes a trauma-informed approach to treating trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. We provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals feel empowered to share their experiences.
Our trauma-informed therapists utilize various evidence-based techniques to help individuals process their trauma and manage emotions effectively.
In order to the get most out of treatment, it’s important for individuals to:
  • Approach therapy with an open mind and a willingness to engage in the process.
  • Be patient and compassionate with themselves, as healing takes time and effort.
  • Build a strong support system of friends, family, or a therapist who can provide encouragement and understanding.
MBO is here to provide the resources, support, and expert guidance you need to heal from trauma, overcome addiction, and build a brighter future.

Essential Coping Mechanisms and Self-Care Practices

Healing from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse is a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Developing healthy coping mechanisms and self-care practices is crucial for managing triggers and fostering emotional well-being on your path to recovery.
Here are some essential tools you can integrate into your daily life:

Grounding Techniques for Managing Triggers

When faced with triggers, it’s essential to have techniques in place to manage emotions and stay present in the moment. Some effective grounding exercises include:8
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Technique: Name 5 things you see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you hear, 2 things you smell, and 1 thing you taste.
  • Deep Breathing: Focus on slow, deep breaths from your diaphragm to calm the nervous system.
  • Mindful Movement: Engage in gentle activities like walking, stretching, or yoga to reconnect with your body.

Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques for Changing Harmful Thought Patterns

Negative thoughts can often contribute to emotional distress and unhealthy behaviors surrounding trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
By employing cognitive-behavioral techniques, individuals can challenge and reframe these thoughts:
  1. Identify negative thoughts: Pay attention to automatic thoughts that arise and question their validity.
  2. Challenge the evidence: Are these thoughts based on facts or distorted perceptions?
  3. Develop alternative thoughts: Replace negative thoughts with more realistic and helpful perspectives.

Healthy Lifestyle Practices for Overall Well-being

Taking care of both physical and mental health is essential for supporting the recovery journey. Here are some key practices to incorporate:
  • Balanced Nutrition: Fuel your body with nutritious foods to promote physical and mental health.
  • Regular Exercise: Engage in physical activity that you enjoy to manage stress and improve mood.
  • Quality Sleep: Prioritize a consistent sleep schedule for optimal physical and mental functioning.

Journaling and Creative Expression for Processing Emotions

Journaling and creative expression offer powerful tools for processing and managing trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
By providing a safe space to express emotions, revisit experiences with fresh perspectives, and tap into non-verbal parts of the brain, these methods can help:
  • Release pent-up feelings
  • Reframe past events
  • Foster self-awareness
  • Facilitate healing
Remember, self-care is not selfish. It’s essential for your well-being and empowers you to navigate challenges on your recovery journey. By including these coping mechanisms and practices into daily life, you can build resilience and manage triggers.

Overcoming Obstacles and Embracing Hope During Treatment

The road to recovery is rarely a straight line. There may be setbacks and challenges along the journey to recovery from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
However, it’s crucial to remember that these setbacks do not define you, and they are not a sign of failure. With compassion, support, and the right tools, you can learn from these experiences and emerge stronger.

Addressing Setbacks and Relapse with Compassion and Support

Self-compassion is essential when treating trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. Forgive yourself, acknowledge your progress, and recommit to your recovery journey. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to your support group or loved ones for encouragement and guidance.
Reflecting on what may have contributed to the setback can help you develop strategies to manage similar situations in the future.

The Importance of Building a Strong Support Network

Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive individuals is crucial for your recovery journey. MBO focuses on helping to build a strong and supportive community to address feelings of isolation often associated with trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
Remember, recovery is a journey, not a destination. There will be ups and downs along the way, but with perseverance, self-compassion, and the support of a strong network, you can overcome challenges and create a fulfilling life free from the grips of trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.

Pave a Path Worth Following

At MBO, we understand that taking the first step towards healing can feel overwhelming. We are here to support you every step of the way.
Here’s how you can get started on your journey to overcome trauma/PTSD and substance abuse:
  1. Reach out for a consultation or appointment
  2. Speak with a caring representative
Our team will answer your questions, discuss your needs, and help you connect with the right therapist at MBO.

What to Expect During Intake

The intake process generally includes the following factors:
  • Initial consultation: During this confidential conversation, you’ll discuss your experiences, goals for treatment, and any questions you may have.
  • Personalized treatment plan: Our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and addresses trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
  • Flexible scheduling: We offer an outpatient treatment program that accommodates your busy schedule.

Why Choose MBO?

At MBO, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment in a safe and supportive environment. 
We believe in:
  • Treating the whole person
  • Empowering individuals and providing the tools and resources needed to build resilience and achieve lasting recovery.
  • Building a supportive community and creating a safe space for individuals to connect, share experiences, and find encouragement.
We are committed to helping you heal from trauma, overcome addiction, and build a brighter future.
Trauma/PTSD and Substance Abuse

Embracing Hope and Healing: A Brighter Future Awaits

Healing from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse is a courageous journey, but it’s one that you don’t have to walk alone. At MBO, we believe in the transformative power of holistic healing that addresses whole-person wellness.
By integrating trauma-informed care into our personalized treatment plans, we empower individuals to:
  • Process past traumas and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Break free from the cycle of addiction and build lasting sobriety.
  • Cultivate resilience and emotional well-being.
  • Create a fulfilling life filled with hope and possibility.
We understand that taking the first step towards healing can feel daunting, but we are here to support you every step of the way.

Reach Out Today

Explore MBO’s compassionate approach to trauma-informed care and discover how we can help you reclaim your life from the grip of trauma/PTSD and substance abuse.
Contact MBO today by calling (682) 590-9909 or reaching out online.
You deserve to heal. Take the first step towards a brighter future.