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What is Trauma?

The word “trauma” originates from the Greek word for “wound” or “hurt"

The Greeks also used it for “defeat.” In the late 1600s, trauma was used as a medical Latin term for “physical wound,” and by 1894, it came to represent “psychic wounds” as well. But what is trauma exactly?

image of soldier working through trauma during one to one counselingPsychological trauma is literally damage done to an individual’s mind. The damage can be caused by an event or situation, one so stressful and overwhelming that the brain loses some control over the body. The person then experiences physical symptoms as outward manifestations of the anxiety within.

Although trauma is different for everyone, it can be categorized into three general types:

  • Acute - Trauma caused by one particular incident
  • Chronic - Trauma caused and reinforced by an ongoing situation
  • Complex - Trauma compounded by multiple issues

The list of events that can cause trauma is virtually endless. Commonly, trauma occurs after experiencing or witnessing an act of violence or a terrible accident. Victims of assault and battery (including domestic violence), rape or other sexual abuse, or other violent crimes will invariably experience the effects of trauma. Soldiers put into combat situations are also prime candidates for experiencing trauma.

However, trauma can also occur from non-violent situations, such as severe or ongoing verbal abuse, bullying and cyberbullying, stalking, gaslighting, and other forms of manipulation or harassment designed to injure a person’s emotional state. Other causes of trauma include, but are not limited to, childhood neglect, grief after an impactful personal loss, surviving a natural disaster, experiencing a severe illness, undergoing a medical procedure, or living in a dangerous environment.

image of woman considering rehab and the therapy features the program has to offerWhen the trauma is severe enough, a person might develop a mental health disorder. These can range from cases of anxiety-related disorders to serious cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

  • Anxiety disorders: Agoraphobia (avoidance of certain places), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (or social phobia), and other specific phobias
  • Symptoms of PTSD: Intrusive memories, avoidance, negative thoughts, feeling emotionally numb, or experiencing arousal symptoms such as being “on edge,” irritable, and easily startled

In many cases, a person who suffered a traumatic event may not have done so alone. For example, family members who experienced routine domestic abuse together or strangers who survived a mass shooting might have had similar experiences. And yet how they process those experiences and cope with the subsequent trauma will be completely unique to each individual. The damaging effects of trauma can last long after the occurrence has ended. Some people may be able to “move on” relatively quickly (or at least appear to do so), while others might carry the psychological scars for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, the latter is quite common because trauma tends to leave deep mental wounds. These wounds alter the brain, thus changing one’s behaviors, attitude towards others and to life itself. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s “traumacare” program utilizes advances in neuroplasticity to help those suffering from the effects of trauma co-occurring with substance abuse. Sufferers do not have to let trauma defeat them.  There is hope and a solution to live a life happily and substance free.

The front of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab specializing in helping guests overcome chronic relapse

About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

End Chronic Relapse and Start a New Life!

At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

Contact Us, or Call: (855) 433-4480

The word “trauma” originates from the Greek word for “wound” or “hurt"

The Greeks also used it for “defeat.” In the late 1600s, trauma was used as a medical Latin term for “physical wound,” and by 1894, it came to represent “psychic wounds” as well. But what is trauma exactly?

image of soldier working through trauma during one to one counselingPsychological trauma is literally damage done to an individual’s mind. The damage can be caused by an event or situation, one so stressful and overwhelming that the brain loses some control over the body. The person then experiences physical symptoms as outward manifestations of the anxiety within.

Although trauma is different for everyone, it can be categorized into three general types:

  • Acute - Trauma caused by one particular incident
  • Chronic - Trauma caused and reinforced by an ongoing situation
  • Complex - Trauma compounded by multiple issues

The list of events that can cause trauma is virtually endless. Commonly, trauma occurs after experiencing or witnessing an act of violence or a terrible accident. Victims of assault and battery (including domestic violence), rape or other sexual abuse, or other violent crimes will invariably experience the effects of trauma. Soldiers put into combat situations are also prime candidates for experiencing trauma.

However, trauma can also occur from non-violent situations, such as severe or ongoing verbal abuse, bullying and cyberbullying, stalking, gaslighting, and other forms of manipulation or harassment designed to injure a person’s emotional state. Other causes of trauma include, but are not limited to, childhood neglect, grief after an impactful personal loss, surviving a natural disaster, experiencing a severe illness, undergoing a medical procedure, or living in a dangerous environment.

image of woman considering rehab and the therapy features the program has to offerWhen the trauma is severe enough, a person might develop a mental health disorder. These can range from cases of anxiety-related disorders to serious cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

  • Anxiety disorders: Agoraphobia (avoidance of certain places), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (or social phobia), and other specific phobias
  • Symptoms of PTSD: Intrusive memories, avoidance, negative thoughts, feeling emotionally numb, or experiencing arousal symptoms such as being “on edge,” irritable, and easily startled

In many cases, a person who suffered a traumatic event may not have done so alone. For example, family members who experienced routine domestic abuse together or strangers who survived a mass shooting might have had similar experiences. And yet how they process those experiences and cope with the subsequent trauma will be completely unique to each individual. The damaging effects of trauma can last long after the occurrence has ended. Some people may be able to “move on” relatively quickly (or at least appear to do so), while others might carry the psychological scars for the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, the latter is quite common because trauma tends to leave deep mental wounds. These wounds alter the brain, thus changing one’s behaviors, attitude towards others and to life itself. Gulf Breeze Recovery’s “traumacare” program utilizes advances in neuroplasticity to help those suffering from the effects of trauma co-occurring with substance abuse. Sufferers do not have to let trauma defeat them.  There is hope and a solution to live a life happily and substance free.

The front of Gulf Breeze Recovery a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab specializing in helping guests overcome chronic relapse

About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

End Chronic Relapse and Start a New Life!

At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

Contact Us, or Call: (855) 433-4480

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