Trauma and Addiction Treatment

There are many alcohol and drug addiction treatment avenues to consider, but which methods are considered effective in terms of treating addiction? 

With so many options today, it is important to have information available so you and/or your loved one are able to make an informed decision. After all, you aren’t looking to purchase a new car, you’re looking to take back your life.

Types of Addiction Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines these more common types of addiction treatment services:

  • Long-term residential addiction treatment (6 to 12 months)
  • Short-term residential addiction treatment (3 to 6 weeks)
  • Addiction treatment outpatient services (structured around your work and family schedule)
  • Jail diversion (centers partner with the courts)

Such programs can include any or all of the following treatment methods:

  • Detox
  • Management of withdrawal symptoms
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • 12-step facilitation
  • Evaluation of and treatment for depression and anxiety
  • Individualized, group, and family counseling
  • Therapeutic communities
  • Aftercare or long-term follow-up to prevent relapse

The main question we ask here at Asheville Recovery Center is: “What trauma led to the addiction?”

With a combination of addiction and trauma treatment, Asheville Recovery Center can help you on your individual path to recovery.

At Asheville Recovery Center, one of the top drug addiction treatment centers in Western North Carolina, our holistic addiction treatment approach is backed by medical advances in mental health and addiction and how they intertwine. 

Addiction Treatment at Asheville Recovery Center

We treat the trauma, not the addiction.

Adapted from the American Psychological Association definition, trauma is a single or culminating response to adverse events that include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, or physical symptoms such as headaches or nausea.

Most individuals who have experienced complex or long-term trauma would describe it as a spiraling vortex of emotional, mental, and physical strain that negatively impacts their life and the lives of those around them.

A single trauma or multiple traumas often lead to the development of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

When trauma goes untreated, it can lead to self-medication with a single substance or multiple substances with the initial goal of relieving symptoms.

The 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sheds light on the connection between mental health and substance abuse. As shown in the diagram below, Of the 19.3 million adults that abused substances in 2018, 9.2 million had a mental health diagnosis and substance abuse disorder. 

In 2018, nearly 48 percent of adults with a substance abuse disorder also had a mental health disorder. 

In many cases, biological and chemical components lead to substance dependency, creating a harmful, and often cyclical, outcome.

This is where Asheville Recovery Center can step in.

We work to determine any psychological issues that may interfere in the healing process, preparing the client to live a fulfilling life of resiliency and sobriety. Tackling this  underlying trauma is the first step. The Center for Health Care Strategies highlights a patient comment in their Issue Brief titled, “Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation:”

A non-trauma-informed system punishes and blames your adult actions and asks, “what’s wrong with you?” A trauma-informed program will hold you accountable for your adult actions, but give you space and time to process “what happened to you?” without adding guilt or more trauma.

Our clinicians, physicians, psychiatrists, and therapists all work closely with individuals and family members through holistic case management, medication management, and a socially supportive environment.

12 Step Approach to Addiction Treatment at Asheville Recovery Center

Asheville Recovery Center utilizes a 12 step approach to addiction treatment. This approach, along with useful holistic and traditional therapy methods, helps individuals to understand more about their behaviors, health, and social support community.

With the valuable support of others, the 12 step approach facilitates the notion that an individual is not alone throughout the healing process.

Additionally, our 12 step approach allows individuals to examine their own lives and how their trauma and addiction has affected their well-being and the well-being of those around them. This introspection induces an altered mindset, resulting in a higher chance of long-term recovery success.

What makes Asheville Recovery Center unique?

We have a true passion for helping people with an addiction live confidently and sober, and that includes trauma and addiction treatment services which we know to be successful. 

Our facility is funded and run by people who are in recovery themselves, so we understand what benefits individuals when it comes to trauma and addiction treatment.

We offer a loving and supportive environment while also holding individuals accountable throughout treatment so that they are set up for success outside of our facility walls.

Our treatment philosophy aims to “bridge the gap” by combining traditional 12-step models of care with clinical, evidence-based methods to develop an effective and unique hybrid approach to treatment. 

Through personal experience, we understand that the first few weeks in treatment are typically the most difficult. Clients can rest assured that any medical needs which may arise will be attended to by our very own onsite Nurse Practitioner who is available to provide medical care and 24/7 medical oversight. Nurse Practitioners are trained in treating concurrent conditions as well as basic physical ailments. At Asheville Recovery Center, our top priority is to ensure that every client feels safe and comfortable at all times. 

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, our treatment facility is nestled in the folds of the Blue Ridge Mountains and clients often enjoy group hikes and outdoor activities. Contact us today to speak with an addiction expert and take the first step towards your new, healthy life.

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