Breaking Free, a program designed to help you resolve trauma and achieve lasting recovery from addiction
The pain, unease and lingering emotional impact of trauma or PTSD is often one of the major underlying factors of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Worse yet, addiction itself often creates new traumas that perpetuate the vicious cycle of addiction. If you have experienced traumatic or emotionally painful events in the past that may be preventing you from achieving lasting recovery and living your best life, Recovery Centers of America can help.
Breaking Free is a unique and life-changing program that begins the healing process for overcoming trauma and addiction to drugs or alcohol. The program is designed with an evidence-based approach that gets to the root causes of your trauma and addiction, and helps you… break free.
Gain freedom from trauma and addiction
While you are in Breaking Free, an elective 4 week trauma-informed substance use disorder treatment program, our compassionate, expert team of addiction professionals will help you heal through proven, therapeutic treatments designed specifically for dealing with both trauma and addiction.
CBT is considered one of the most safe and effective treatments for both emotional trauma and substance use disorder. A vicious cycle of negative thinking is often a cornerstone of emotional trauma and CBT is the perfect tool to break out of it. Through it you can learn to realign your views on yourself and the world, and to modify your thoughts and behaviors, thereby improving your emotional flexibility and overall well-being.
Often the impact of trauma and addiction causes a person to view themselves negatively, with judgment and to play a tape in their head which reminds them of their shortcoming and mistakes in a way that can be difficult to overcome. Through narrative therapy you will work to rewrite the mental stories you tell yourself about who you are in a more positive frame, working toward an understanding that what you have experienced is not who you are as a person. A basic tenet of Narrative Therapy is “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.”
Mindfulness is a valuable tool for recovery. It will help you improve your ability to focus on the present and become more able to identify and manage current experiences and emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. This is critically important in both trauma recovery and overcoming addiction.
We will help you develop a more positive perspective towards life and other people, this will help you find more joy, freedom and meaning. Through community activities and therapy, you will learn to garner the power of positive emotions, positive relationships, accomplishments and gratitude – which, in turn, will change how you feel for the better and energize you to move forward in a positive direction in life.
The impact of trauma and addiction isn’t restricted to the individual in treatment, it often also takes a heavy toll on their family as well. At RCA we offer your family an opportunity to also heal and to address any unresolved challenges and conflicts. Your family is welcome to participate in family counseling with you, take advantage of visitation opportunities and to attend weekly education sessions, just for families, led by our expert team.
Opportunities to help others through community involvement
Connections and sober events/meetups with alumni from the RCA Alumni Association
Art and music therapy
12-Step immersion and 12-Step yoga
A seamless transition to outpatient programs for continued recovery support, available both in-person or virtual
Find your best life through the Breaking Free program
The Breaking Free program curriculum is designed to release you from the heavy burdens of trauma and addiction. You will learn that recovery is possible, and you can break free from the vicious cycle of trauma fueling addiction and addiction creating new trauma.
In Breaking Free, you will learn about:
- The connection between trauma and substance use
- False beliefs that often surround trauma
- Using grounding and other techniques instead of substances to manage emotions
- Triggers for both trauma and substance use
- Feeling safe and secure in your environment
- How trauma affects the brain on a physical level and how to heal it