Trauma and Addiction: A Common Link

There is a significant correlation between trauma and addiction. Addiction can occur because of trauma and other mental health disorders related to trauma. In turn, those that suffer from a substance use disorder are at a higher rate of experiencing traumatic events due to engaging in high-risk behavior. Understanding how trauma increases the rate of addiction, and how unresolved trauma can negatively impact an individual’s ability to stay sober is essential to helping those on the road to recovery stay sober and prevent relapse. 

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as: any event or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as life-threatening or emotionally or physically harmful. It is important to understand that trauma is relative to the individual. What is traumatic for one person, may not be for another. Trauma can occur at any time in a person’s life. Trauma has lasting effects that affect an individual’s ability to function emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. There is a wide array of events that could be considered traumatic including but not limited to: grief and loss, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, or a natural disaster. Long term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. It is likely that many of us have experienced a traumatic event in our lives at one point or another.

Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Evidence has shown that the correlation between trauma and addiction is particularly high for adolescents struggling with PTSD. One in 4 children in the U.S experience a traumatic event before the age of 16. Studies show up to 59% of youth with PTSD, end up abusing substances. The prominent effect trauma has on a child’s adulthood can be explained by noticing that children have a lower tolerance to handling stressful situations than adults do. Children also rely on their caregivers as a source of support during hard times. If caregivers in the home are unavailable or are the source of the child experiencing neglect, abuse, or other traumatic event, family support is not an option. This leaves the child feeling hopeless and alone, eventually leading them to reach out for substances to self -medicate and alleviate the effects of being victimized at a young age. Not having the tools and resources to process traumatic events can leave people trying to handle symptoms with unhealthy behaviors. 

Women and Trauma

Research indicates that women are twice and likely to develop PTSD, experience a longer duration of symptomatology, and are more sensitive to stimuli that remind them of the trauma they have experienced. Despite the understanding that women are at a greater risk of negative consequences due to trauma, many women struggle to seek help and support. Many women feel fear and a negative stigma about asking for help and processing the events that have happened in the past. Women are at a higher rate that men of experiencing sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape. It is important to know that it is ok to ask for help. No matter what you have been through, you don’t have to go through it alone. A woman need never feel ashamed of the painful experiences she has been forced to walk through. There is help and healing available to you. 

What Can We Do?

With two thirds of all individuals struggling with a substance use disorder, having experienced some type of traumatic event in their life, it is important to understand that childhood trauma increases risk to substance use in the future. Knowing this you may be able to take preventative measures to help an adolescent in your life take a different path. Seeking counseling services and support groups for individuals having experienced trauma will provide a safe space for both boys and girls to process their experiences in a healthy, supportive and non-judgmental setting.

In regard to addiction treatment, choosing a gender specific program that offers dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, is a great first step to starting the healing process. Other therapies and modalities that are known to help heal wounds from traumatic experiences include, EMDR therapy, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, and trauma informed process groups. 

We’re Here to Help

It is never too late to start the journey of recovery. There is support and services available to you. Anchored Tides Recovery wants to let you know that you no longer have to suffer in silence. Call our admissions line today to speak with a treatment admissions counselor to find the best options for you or your loved one. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs: Who Are They For?

If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and seeking treatment, you’re going to be faced with numerous options. Some you may have heard about before, and others can seem totally foreign. Addiction treatment is an investment (one you’re making in yourself), so it’s important to choose the right treatment for you. At Anchored Tides Recovery in Huntington Beach, California, we provide women with a safe environment to recover from addiction. One type of treatment we offer is called partial hospitalization. 

What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a type of intermediate addiction treatment option between inpatient and outpatient treatment. When attending PHP, you will come to our treatment facility daily and spend the day undergoing different addiction treatment therapies. At the end of the day, you return home and are free to do whatever you please in the evening. 

This type of addiction treatment can be completed after you complete inpatient treatment or as a stand-alone treatment. It’s a great option if you want to participate in intensive addiction therapy but can’t remove yourself from society for 30 or more days. 

Our partial hospitalization program at Anchored Tides Recovery includes a variety of therapies: 

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Adventure based therapy
  • Mindfulness & meditation
  • Trauma resiliency
  • Relapse prevention

Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Programs

There are many benefits to completing a partial hospitalization program for addiction treatment, one of the biggest being you don’t have to remove yourself from ‘normal life’ to receive treatment. A lot of recovering addicts find it helpful to completely go off the grid for a period of time in the beginning of their sobriety so they can focus solely on recovery. The downside is that it can sometimes be challenging to remerge into society. A partial hospitalization program offers the best of both worlds; our clients can spend their days focusing on sobriety 100%, and return to their life when the day ends. If you have pets, you’ll be able to tend to them in the evening, or even take night classes at a college and continue your education. While you’re getting sober, you will learn how to integrate sobriety into your everyday life. 

Partial hospitalization can also be used as a transitional tool for recovering addicts leaving inpatient treatment. Like we mentioned before, it can be difficult to go back to ‘everyday life’ after leaving inpatient treatment. By attending a PHP, you can slowly start to rebuild your life , like securing a safe place to live, or returning home to the place you lived before treatment. You’ll be able to spend your days working on your recovery and spend the evenings tending to personal needs, like cooking for yourself or going to the gym. 

Another benefit to partial hospitalization is it’s less costly than inpatient treatment. Because you live and receive treatment at an inpatient treatment facility, and eat all of your meals there, it tends to be the most expensive addiction treatment option. At Anchored Tides Recovery, we work with a number of insurance providers and also offer financing options to our clients. We want addiction treatment to be as accessible as possible for all women, and don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t get the help they deserve because they can’t afford it. 

Call Us Today

If you’re in the process of seeking addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, congratulations for taking the necessary first step to a better life. A partial hospitalization program is for you if you’re looking to start your recovery journey, or completed inpatient treatment and are looking to continue treatment. At Anchored Tides Recovery, we provide addiction treatment for women and are a women ran facility. We offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment programs. Reach out to us for more information regarding our programs! 

7 Things You Can Do for Your Recovery Every Day

Admitting you have a problem with addiction and seeking help are the first steps to obtaining sobriety and building a new foundation for a successful future. Regardless of what substances an individual might struggle with – addiction is a disease. And just like any other chronic illness, addiction must be treated on a regular basis. The disease of addiction can impact an individual on a biological, physiological, spiritual, and social level. Oftentimes the negative impacts of addiction affect one’s physical health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, occupational abilities, academic success, and domestic functioning. Even after an individual has completed a substance abuse program, relapse can happen. It is important to know what tools, skills, and resources you can utilize to maintain long term sobriety. Below are seven things you can incorporate into your daily routine to contribute to a healthy lifestyle of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. 

Attend a 12 Step Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, is an international organization of peer support groups comprised of people who have struggled with alcohol and substance abuse and are working on maintaining sobriety. AA is non-professional, self-supporting, multi-racial and apolitical. There are no age or education requirements. 12 step meetings are open to any individual who is in recovery. 12 step meetings are a safe place for those in recovery to discuss their issues and concerns related to their addictions and receive support through their triumphs and difficulties. 12 step meetings are a great place to confide in like-minded individuals and build community. In active addiction many people become isolated from their friends, families, and communities; often feeling ostracized and misunderstood. 12 step meetings are a great way for an individual to seek free support while participating in normal, every-day activities such as work and family life. AA meetings are available almost everywhere and in countries around the world. 12 step meetings are held at many different times of day and every day of the week. They can be accessed virtually as well. 

Reach out to Others

When in recovery from an alcohol or substance abuse disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone. While addiction treatment programs are temporary, the support you have in continuing on with your recovery is not. Reaching out to friends, loved ones, fellow members in recovery, trusted spiritual leaders, or professionals is important to maintaining good mental health and spirituality. Combating old habits of isolation is important to avoiding relapse. By finding others, you can be honest and share your feelings on a regular basis. Connection builds self esteem and brings purpose into our lives. Knowing you are cared for and are an important part of other people’s lives is essential, and something everyone deserves. Whether it’s taking the time to go for a walk with a friend, or making a phone call to someone you trust, staying connected to others will help you stay sober.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Seeking spirituality can be an effective way of centering one’s self and alleviating stress. The practice of mindfulness is defined as bringing one’s complete attention to the experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment. A similar practice is meditation, which can be thought of as any practice that self regulates the body and mind. These practices can take shape in different forms such as: deep breathing, practicing yoga, taking a walk in nature, or simply slowing down and focusing your thoughts only on what is in the present. Those that are able to incorporate meditative practices in their daily lives are known to be able to monitor the emotions of themselves and others in an effective way. This also helps to guide the individuals thinking and actions, resulting in higher emotional intelligence. Mindfulness and meditation can improve self-efficacy and improve the individual’s health, optimism, and confidence in dealing with life events and stressors. These practices are known to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, leading to a higher chance of long-term recovery. 

Journaling

Taking the time to journal regularly can be so helpful in your recovery. Being able to put pen to paper and write your thoughts down can be an effective way to manage stress and self- regulate. Journaling is something you can do anywhere. Throughout your day taking time to jot down any overwhelming thoughts, emotions, fears, or looming tasks can help you stay present and continue to keep moving forward. Journaling is a great way to self-reflect and take time to set and achieve goals. Taking the time to be introspective and address your needs and intentions is essential in continuing on the path of recovery. Journaling can also be an outlet for creativity and to have fun. 

Read a Spiritual or Inspirational Book

Even when living as our best selves, the day to day can become mundane and boring. It is important to stay motivated in your recovery. Setting aside time to read a few pages of a spiritual or inspirational reading can help you achieve a positive mindset and assist you in your willingness to keep moving forward. Keeping a daily reflections book by your bedside, or setting a timer for 10 minutes in the evening to read a book of your choice is a great way to incorporate the active recovery lifestyle. If you are having trouble finding something great to read here are the top 5 suggestions from our staff at Anchored Tides Recovery:

  • Keep it Simple by Hazelden Meditations
  • Mindful Recovery: A spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Bien Thomas
  • Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
  • As Bill Sees It by Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Each Day A New Beginning by Karen Casey

Find Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that we can feel in our physical bodies. It can bring a sensation of warmth, grounding, calmness, or a smile. As an individual on the road to recovery, it is important to remember that it is a success to be sober and all the good that comes from being free from the bondage of alcohol and substance abuse. Acknowledging the things you are grateful to have in your life is an active way to stay in recovery. Being grateful can change your mindset and keep you inspired to continue to achieve more. Being able to take a moment to write a list of the things that are good in your life on a regular basis is a great tool to stay on the path of recovery.

Acts of Service

Once you have made the choice to stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol, you are able to find freedom. Your livelihood returns, and you are able to become a successful and functioning member of society once again. Acknowledging your strengths and utilizing them to assist others is a great way to stay active in your recovery. Despite the hardship you may have endured, you have so much to offer your community, friends, and loved ones. Scheduling time to be helpful to someone you know, or an organization in your community is a great way to build self-esteem and bring good into the world. As an individual in recovery you must remember you are strong and worthy. Taking time to give back to others can relieve your own stress and depression while promoting balance for a healthy sober lifestyle. 

We Can Help You!

Anchored Tides Recovery is a women owned addiction treatment center for women. We offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment options for women struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services & how we can help you! 

Outpatient Treatment: How It Leads To Long Term Success

Addiction is a multifaceted problem that affects all kinds of people from all walks of life. It stands to reason that addiction treatment should not be a “one size fits all” solution, yet the sad truth is that many rehabilitation programs remain generalized and outdated. In fact, many follow treatments designed for men, despite modern research that shows women face unique sets of challenges when it comes to addiction

That’s why we are a women-specific treatment center at Anchored Tides Recovery, with a focus on individual needs and long-term recovery. We also realize that many women feel the need to delay treatment because of busy everyday lives and feelings of obligation towards others. 

Sound familiar? It’s time to get the treatment you deserve and give yourself a new lease on life. And because we offer outpatient addiction treatment at Anchored Tides, you can retain some schedule flexibility and return home each night. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Outpatient Addiction Treatment?

Whereas inpatient treatment is more traditional and involves actually being admitted to a facility under 24/7 medical supervision, outpatient is a more modern style of treatment that allows for some flexibility and goes far beyond just the detox process

While the exact experience varies for everyone, the outpatient program generally involves highly focused treatment during the day, after which you are allowed to return home each day with guidance on how to continue working towards sobriety. 

There are a naturally a lot of benefits to this arrangement, specifically:

  • Recovering addicts can maintain their basic everyday routines and keep up with responsibilities
  • In many cases, the ability to go to work and not have to forfeit a job
  • Medical care only as needed, not necessarily required 24/7
  • Ability to build a support network with friends and family much earlier on
  • Family and friends are actively able to witness the patient making progress
  • Ability to engage in community activities and hobbies — keep living life! 
  • Greater personal responsibility helps keeps patients dedicated to becoming sober and actively learning coping skills
  • No grand re-entry into the “real world”, meaning no shock or dramatic adjustment period following treatment
  • More affordable costs than most inpatient programs, thanks to fewer hours of onsite treatment and medical care

At Anchored Tides, we firmly believe in outpatient care and how allowing patients to spend time at home contributes to their successful treatment. And because different people require different levels of care, we offer three types of outpatient programs of varying degrees: Outpatient Program (OP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Those with more severe addiction problems may require PHP for closer medical monitoring during detox, while others may do well under the programs with lower medical intensity aspects. 

How Outpatient Treatment Paves the Way for a Lifetime of Sobriety

With outpatient treatment, one of the greatest benefits of all is the ability to actively make changes in everyday life. With inpatient care, the “real world” comes later, after detox and early counseling have been achieved. But because outpatient participants have their treatment worked into their everyday schedules, they are allowed to continue living their lives in the real world and make more steady, gradual changes each day. Though this means treatment is usually spread over a much longer period of time, it also means that long-term recovery is more feasible. 

And rest assured; when you’re a patient at Anchored Tides, we do not just cut off ties once your treatment program reaches its planned completion. In addition to running outpatient treatment, our team at Anchored Tides practices long-term recovery monitoring for our patients. This means regular follow-ups and wellness check-ins, as well as encouragement for you to stay involved with counseling groups. We help you stay accountable to yourself now and well into the future. 

We’re Here to Help

When you’re suffering from addiction, it’s so important to realize that you’re not alone. Nearly 20 million women engage in substance abuse every year in America, and many suffer from addiction for years. In addition to the numerous health risks, addiction leads to strained relationships, derailed careers, and ruined dreams. The time to get help is now. To learn more about your outpatient treatment options, reach out to us at Anchored Tides Recovery today. 

How To Build A Support System in Early Sobriety

Struggling with addiction takes a toll not just on ourselves, but also on the people we care about. But overcoming any form of drug abuse is easier said than done, and this is especially true for women. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that women, on average, often face greater difficulties due to both biological differences and harsher societal expectations. And despite nearly 20 million women using illicit substances in the past year alone, many addiction treatment programs remain designed and geared towards, men. This is why our team at Anchored Tides Recovery focuses on women and what it takes to achieve long-term recovery.

Now, many people assume that once you get through withdrawal, addiction recovery is a piece of cake. But the truth is that it is only the beginning. True addiction recovery means making active decisions each day to stay sober and find happiness in everyday life. While there are a lot of different things that will help with these decisions (pursuing hobbies, working out, etc.), the real key is building a strong support system early on. 

Why a Support System is Important

Very few of us can make big life achievements all on our own. And yes, getting sober is a major achievement. With the right people surrounding you and supporting you throughout your recovery, you’ll be better able to make the right decisions. Everyone’s situation is different, and support systems can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, counselors, mentors, etc. For many people in early sobriety, it is a good idea to surround yourself with a blend of people from these areas to get different perspectives and support from all areas of life. Specifically, a strong support system helps you in the following ways: 

  • They give you an outlet to voice your frustrations and feelings.
  • They provide a real-world perspective and can help remind you why sobriety is good (healthy peer pressure). 
  • They show that a sober, healthy life is within reach.
  • They can help expand your social circle with other healthy-minded individuals. 
  • They can introduce you to healthy, enjoyable hobbies.
  • They help remind you that you are an important, well-liked person with value to others.

Above all, building a strong support system keeps you accountable to others rather than just yourself. You’re not deciding to stay sober just because of yourself now; you’re also doing it for the important people in your life. 

Choosing the Right People

Now that you know how important having a good support system is, how do you go about surrounding yourself with the right people? To start, you should only be around people who are sober and/or who have already made great strides in fighting their own addiction problems and are acutely focused on sobriety. Especially in early sobriety, it is not a good idea to continue associating with people who are not supportive of you discontinuing drug abuse or who even enabled it. It is all too easy sometimes to slip and relapse, but the right people will do what they can to help you make the right decisions. In the event that you do relapse, the right people are the ones who will help you get back up and into treatment. 

As mentioned earlier, support systems often consist of different kinds of people who are meaningful in your life. For many, it starts with the people in their addiction treatment program. Your rehabilitation staff will serve as some of your earliest supporters, helping see you through the early stages and on to long-term recovery. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of all the resources your treatment program has to offer! There will be many opportunities for you to meet other like-minded individuals and strong people you can relate to. 

That said, while it is important to continue therapy and have the support of a counselor, it is also important to be able to develop a healthy social life with family and friends. Working individuals may even confide in a trusted employer or coworker about their efforts and their intent to stay sober, thus expanding their support system even further. 

Consider Group Therapy

One of the best ways you can build up your support system early on in addiction recovery is by participating in group therapy. This is also another case where you can utilize the resources available to you through your addiction program and find a group that you feel comfortable with. Giving you an outlet with people who know exactly what you’re going through, group therapy has been shown to be highly effective for all kinds of people. It’s also worth noting that groups can help keep you even more accountable than others in your life can, as they can relate to your temptations and will recognize any excuses you may make. In fact, many people continue group therapy long into sobriety because of the support they feel and the meaningful connections that are made.

We Can Help You Find the Support You Need!

Looking for the help you need to overcome drug addiction once and for all? We’re here for you. Anchored Tides Recovery is a comprehensive addiction treatment program designed specifically for women, by women. Our various levels of outpatient and partial-hospitalization services are designed to help you beat drug abuse without having to give up everyday life and the things that make you “you”. In addition to the initial stages of treatment that will help you overcome physical dependency, we focus on long-term recovery monitoring.

Our team of caring professionals will also help form part of your support system, and we will help you strengthen your relationships elsewhere. With the right team behind you, long-term sobriety is within reach!  Contact us today!