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Trauma: One of the Leading Causes of Addiction

Popular examples of significant traumatic events include:

  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Sexual, Emotional, or Physical Abuse
  • Natural Disaster
  • Combat Duty
  • Professional Challenges
  • Bullying
  • Incarceration


New Paradigm Recovery's trauma-informed treatment professionals are trained to identify and address the link between trauma and addiction.

Our program incorporates a combination of state-of-the-art occupational therapies and group and individual counseling to help clients build strength and confidence by learning to effectively manage their trauma. We address the root causes of trauma, while simultaneously treating clients for the physical and psychological damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse.

Perhaps most importantly, we recognize that trauma treatment is a lifelong process, and ought never be attempted in a short period of time.  We work collaboratively with private practice trauma clinicians who employ specific trauma treatment modalities, and play a critical role in the treatment of our clients and families.

Three Trauma Categories

There are several types of physical and/or psychological trauma, most of which fall into one of three categories and may occur at any time in an individual’s life [DSM V].

Trauma Category One

This traumatic experience may involve a single, intense event such as: a serious automobile or industrial accident; a serious threat to one’s life or the life of a loved one; abduction; rape; robbery, mugging or other acts of personal violence; natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, fire, etc.; and acts of terrorism.

Trauma Category Two

In the second category, the traumatic experience may involve repetitive and ongoing events such as: sexual or physical abuse of the self; witnessing violence and/or sexual or physical abuse of others; profound physical or psychological neglect; military combat; prisoners of war, kidnapping, or other captivity; torture; prolonged illness and extensive medical procedures; etc.

Trauma Category three

The third category involves the combination of those events listed above and may occur simultaneously or separately over long periods of time.

Helping Clients Face and Manage Their Trauma Safely

Our treatment program was designed to help clients comfortably and healthily process, acknowledge and communicate their trauma without breaking down and resorting to extreme and drastic behavior. Fear and shame often prevent clients from being able to live with their trauma while maintaining a healthy, normal life. Our program combines group and individual counseling with proven yet innovative treatment modalities to help clients cathartically process some traumatic experiences while avoiding relapse.

These therapies include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT evidenced-based),
  • Mindfulness,
  • 12 step models,
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI evidence-based),
  • Psychodrama,
  • Systemic family therapies

We have developed the program to incorporate the treatment of trauma brought on by both shocking, singular events like abduction and repeated patterns of traumatic experiences such as bullying or parental abuse. Our specialists are well versed in working collaboratively with trauma clinicians and can successfully reduce the damage caused by trauma-related drug and alcohol abuse.

Next Steps...

Give yourself or your loved one the chance to move past their debilitating emotional pain and suffering of trauma. Please call us anytime day or night at New Paradigm Recovery for more information on our trauma recovery treatment program.