Traumatic experiences are often part of the overall human experience.

Roughly 70 percent of U.S. adults have experienced some type of traumatic event in their lifetimes – that’s 223.4 million people. And while the majority of people do bounce back after suffering trauma, some do not.

Sadly, some people go on to experience psychological and emotional distress that puts them at risk for substance use and mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. So why do some people fare better than others when it comes to trauma?

There are many factors that affect a person’s ability to heal from trauma, such as family history, social circumstances, age and gender. Also important is the person’s social support. Do they have a loving, supportive family? Or do they come from a history of abuse or neglect?

For those who do not recover from trauma, the next step is to access therapy and support from a licensed treatment center.

Shadow Hills Recovery Treats Trauma and Addiction

At Shadow Hills Recovery, we treat individuals suffering from unresolved trauma. Some of the clients who seek care at our treatment center have gone through multiple traumatic experiences and are now self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol only provide ‘temporary’ relief – and certainly not the right kind of relief.

While it’s difficult to stop this cycle, it is possible. As a luxury treatment center in California, Shadow Hills Recovery provides a safe and supportive setting where individuals can heal from both trauma and substance abuse. We provide everything they need to excel in their recoveries, including a wide range of behavioral and alternative therapies, chef-inspired meals and private suites.

Most importantly, we want you to know that when you walk through these doors, you are entering a new chapter. YOU get to write this story.

Why the Connection Between Substance Abuse and Trauma?

Decades of research have found a strong link between exposure to traumatic events and substance use disorders. Through these studies, researchers have offered several hypotheses to help us better understand why the two are connected.

  • Self-medication hypothesis. When a person is suffering from emotional distress following a traumatic experience, they are more likely to indulge in drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms.
  • High-risk hypothesis. People who abuse substances are more likely to have a high-risk lifestyle, resulting in additional traumatic experiences such as domestic violence.
  • Susceptibility hypothesis. It’s also theorized that people who abuse substances are more susceptible to developing PTSD after exposure to trauma.

Most of the evidence we have today shows that the self-medication and high-risk hypotheses are most likely to occur. If a person doesn’t get the right support following a traumatic event, they are more likely to use drugs or alcohol to escape the pain. Abusing these substances puts them into more high risk situations, further drawing on the original trauma.

Access Supportive, Comprehensive Care in California

Shadow Hills Recovery is a residential treatment facility that is equipped to treat individuals with severe trauma and substance use issues. Our residential setting offers private suites, private bathrooms, a swimming pool, a private chef and both behavioral and alternative therapies.

Since clients reside at our facility while they receive treatment, they are able to focus solely on their healing and recovery. There are no distractions from the real world, and we provide plenty of outlets to relieve stress and anxiety associated with trauma, such as acupuncture, art therapy, music therapy and breathwork.

To learn more about our approach to treating trauma and substance use, contact Shadow Hills Recovery today.

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