How our therapy can help your recovery
Getting help with the effects of trauma, or the trauma experienced by a friend or family member, can seem like a big step. But it doesn’t have to be a frightening prospect. Our Trauma Rehabilitation programme has been developed in order to help people who have suffered from trauma.
Our highly-qualified team have years of experience of providing effective therapeutic support to people with experience of personal trauma.
We’ve compiled this guide to help you understand how trauma can affect people, and to show you how the Parkland Place therapeutic programme can address trauma and its consequences.
What is trauma?
Psychological trauma frequently follows a distressing event or a series of events. The trauma associated can lead individuals to feel completely overwhelmed and unable to cope.
Reactions to such events can seem unusual or disturbing – but such reactions are commonplace following extremely traumatic incidents.
While some symptoms are mild and may dissipate in time, others can be much more severe and can require professional treatment.
Symptoms may leave the individual feeling disconnected and numb, and cause social isolation. They may also feel more afraid and vulnerable.
Am I traumatised?
Regardless of its source, psychological trauma has three common elements:
- it develops in response to an unexpected event
- for which the subject was unprepared, and
- there was nothing the person could do to prevent it from happening.
Signs of trauma
Common symptoms of psychological trauma include:
- flashbacks – a replay of the traumatic event or events mentally or physically
- insomnia – or difficulty sleeping because of nightmares or replays of the traumatic event
- anxiety – which can develop into post-traumatic stress disorder or panic attacks
- stress – people commonly find stress difficult to deal with following a traumatic event
- anger – you may feel anger at yourself, at the event, or at the person or organisation responsible for the event or at the worlds at large. This can lead to outbursts and anger management issues.
- depression – people who have experienced a traumatic event can be left experiencing dark moods and even suicidal thoughts
- loss of self-esteem – experiencing trauma can cause people to lack self-belief and self-confidence
- self-medication – many people believe the only way they can deal with traumatic events is to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. This can be very self-destructive behaviour and store up more issues for the future.
- emotional detachment – numbness or dissociation can be a survival response to trauma. Refusal to combat psychological issues could make you seem isolated and distant to others.
Risks of trauma
Many short-term and long-term health problems have been linked to trauma, some of which include:
- mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and personality disorders
- obesity and other eating disorders
- skin and hair problems like psoriasis, eczema, acne and hair loss
- substance misuse conditions, where people turn to alcohol or drugs to cope
- relationship breakdown and isolation
- isolation and low self-esteem – with knock-on effects for your career
Getting help for trauma
Effective treatment can help people who experience trauma combat the problem and regain control of their lives.
There are lots of things you can do to manage your trauma better.
You should also consider sharing your problems with family and friends, making time for activities and interests, taking regular exercise and making sure you’re getting enough sleep.
If you’re concerned about your trauma or that of a friend or family member, a good first step is to visit your GP. They will be able to discuss the services and treatments available.
Rehab for trauma
Dedicated counselling and therapy can help you overcome your trauma. This may include self-help groups and talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
You may be offered medication to help with related symptoms, such as a sleep problem, or dedicated support around the misuse of drugs or alcohol.
Therapeutic programmes like the approach favoured by Parkland Place have proven to be effective in the treatment of trauma.
Together, we will address both your condition and any associated underlying social and psychological issues. We will work with you to address all aspects of your life, and to help you to develop a personal toolbox of techniques and resources.
Your treatment at Parkland Place
Parkland Place offers unrivalled therapy for people with experience of alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction and other harmful behavioural conditions – in the comfort of a stunning, 16-bed mansion and gardens near the coast in beautiful North Wales. The house is situated amidst farmland owned by the National Trust, and offers a welcoming and comfortable haven for your journey of recovery.
Our therapeutic programme is tailored to the needs of each of our guests, and is delivered by friendly, expert staff. This truly bespoke approach allows us to address the social and psychological needs underpinning your addiction, and support you as you make key lifestyle changes.
Guests at Parkland Place are required to be, and to remain, abstinent during their stay with us. Many of our guests require structured medical detoxification before beginning their recovery journey. We offer no-fuss access to our own dedicated detox clinic at Salus Withnell Hall – including transfers – to ensure a seamless therapeutic experience.