Overcoming childhood trauma in recovery


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Overcoming childhood trauma in recovery

  1. 1. Overcoming Childhood Trauma in RecoveryFebruary 1, 2013| Last Updated on Friday, 03 May, 2013 16:45Trauma and abuse both leave scars on a person, some physical, some mental or emotional. For thevictims of these things, trusting the people around them is difficult. Often they are made uncomfortableby physical contact or being surrounded by large groups of people. Something as simple and brief as ahandshake can become worthy of panic after a person has been victimized. Things that may not phaseanother person can become insurmountable obstacles to the traumatized or abused person.InteractingLearning how to trust and interact with the people around them can be incredibly difficult for thevictim of the trauma or abuse, but it is essential that they do so. If they do not relearn how to interactwith and trust the people around them, they risk becoming a shut-in. The people around them need toknow that whatever happened to the person has affected that person’s entire being. All of who they arehas been affected.The person may not feel safe anymore. They may not be able to eat certain foods because the textureor scent may trigger a response. Being myself a shut-in, I can confidently say that not everyone canhandle it. Not every person can handle the isolation or the self reliance.Isolated TraumaMany of the people who become isolated due to trauma will worsen and become progressively morecut off, which can lead to some very abnormal beliefs and behaviors. I exhibit some abnormalsymptoms, but I can still function in the outside world and handle being around some people.A common symptom is the Anthropomorphizing of objects and animals. The affected will begin to talkto and have conversations with objects and animals and will develop ways of interpreting things asresponses. Most people do this to a degree, but with a traumatized shut-in who isn’t able to handle theisolation, it can reach extreme levels.Another response to trauma can be Anhedonia. Anhedonia is a lack of pleasure. All the things youenjoyed before no longer bring you and pleasure or joy. This creates a lack of interest in life and dailyactivities that once seemed important or fun, now hold no meaning for the person. This often leads todepression and if left untreated can worsen to the point where suicide seems preferable to living.Anhedonia is a serious condition and may be a result of drug addiction or trauma and requirestreatment.Lifescape Solutions OffersThere are many different methods for treating trauma. Hypnosis, E.M.D.R., Neuro-LinguisticProgramming, traditional therapies, support groups, and countless others. Lifescape Solutions haspeople trained in the various therapies used to treat trauma and addiction and offers several programs oftreatment and counseling in different areas.We offer these in conjunction with both one-on-one therapy and group therapy programs. Using thesemethods we can help you overcome your traumatic experience and the associations it created in your
  2. 2. life. Remember, trauma doesn’t only affect the person it was inflicted on, it affects everyone theyinteract with. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, all of them are affected.