residential trauma treatment programs

Private Residential Trauma Treatment Programs

The deep emotional wounds left as a result of having experienced one or more intense traumatic life event can have devastating and long-lasting effects on someone.  The residual effects of the trauma can morph into self-destructive behaviors in an attempt to manage the extreme fear and anxiety that is triggered by memories, nightmares, or exposure to someone or something related to the event.  About 20% of those who have experienced an extreme traumatic event will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the Sidran Institute.

When unresolved trauma becomes so debilitating that daily functioning is affected, intensive residential trauma treatment programs can offer a safe, supportive environment for working through the underlying trauma.  In gender specific inpatient housing, these trauma rehabilitation programs provide solace, intensive therapy, and soothing holistic therapies to assist with the healing of deep emotional pain.

Types of Traumatic Life Events

It is not fully understood why some people can work through traumatic events and eventually return to an emotionally stable state, where others cannot process and resolve in the same way.  Personality, genetics, history of prior traumas, or existing mental health conditions can all influence how any individual will respond to a traumatic experience over the long run.

The physical, psychological, and behavioral response to trauma presents with specific symptoms, including insomnia or sleep disturbances, mentally revisiting the event over and over, irritability, chronic tension and anxiety, avoidance behaviors and detachment, recurring nightmares or flashbacks, and feeling emotionally numb.  The overarching sense of fearfulness can become irrational over time, leading to the inability to cope and causing complete disruption of life.

Examples of trauma include:

  • Abandonment
  • Childhood sexual abuse, neglect physical assault
  • Rape
  • Sudden death of loved one
  • Bodily assault
  • Serious injury or illness
  • Sexual abuse
  • Witness to a violent event
  • Natural disasters
  • Combat trauma
  • Serious car accident
  • Witness to suicide

Treatment for Trauma

For individuals whose lives have become overwhelmed by fear and foreboding, or who exhibit the residual signs of attempts to repress the memory in the form of self-destructive behaviors—substance abuse, self-harm, unhealthy eating habits, behavioral addictions like gambling, shopping, sexual—intensive trauma treatment is available.  Cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy are two of the most commonly used treatment modalities for trauma.

Residential trauma treatment programs are the best setting for learning how the unresolved trauma has impacted all areas of your life.  Therapists will gently guide you towards examining the source of the underlying emotional pain.  This is key to recovery, as the source of the pain is what is now manifesting as self-destructive behaviors.  Supportive, non-judgmental therapists create a safe, healing environment where trust bonds can be created, fostering a productive therapeutic experience during individual and group therapy sessions.  Some programs integrate holistic therapies and 12-step or non 12 step groups to round out the treatment plan.  Targeted medication is also a treatment component.

Gender Specific Residential Trauma Treatment Programs

When it comes to treating trauma, a gender-neutral approach (co-ed) will work against the treatment process.  Why?  This is because men and women are wired differently, behaviorally, emotionally, and physically.  Cultural gender-based norms can become inhibitive in treatment for trauma and PTSD.  By having gender specific treatment for trauma therapy, clinicians can maximize the impact and minimize roadblocks.

For example, in our culture, men are expected to be strong and in control of their emotions or face chastisement.  In a trauma treatment program for men, they will be encouraged to release their innermost emotions and openly discuss their fears without worrying about judgment.

Women may feel timid about revealing their fears and emotional weakness in the presence of men.  In addition, many women’s traumatic events are attributed to males—rape, molestation, physical violence—so resentment towards the men, or a lack of a sense of safety in the therapeutic environment, would impede the process.

Both men and women will benefit from gender-specific group therapy as well, with common experiences and camaraderie an important foundation for benefiting in the peer setting.

The Treatment Specialist Can Guide You to a Residential Trauma Treatment Program

The Treatment Specialist is a team of highly experienced mental health and addiction professionals who offer a free assessment and locator service for residential trauma and complex PTSD treatment providers.  With a vast network of mental health and dual diagnosis providers, the specialists can match your specific needs with the appropriate men’s or women’s trauma treatment program. We work with trauma rehabs that accept insurance towards treatment.  Don’t let irrational fear and deep emotional pain keep you from living the life you deserve!  For more information about how to get help, contact The Treatment Specialist today at (866) 644-7911.

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