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Trauma and Addiction at RCA Lighthouse

Breaking Free Trauma Program at Lighthouse

At Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse, we have several specialized programs to meet your particular needs, including our ‘Breaking Free’ trauma program. Patients who have suffered trauma have unique needs when it comes to addiction treatment. While both the addiction and the trauma are treated side-by-side, they’re both treated equally, because both weigh heavily on the person.

If an addiction is treated, but the trauma is not, the trauma could push the person back into addiction. That’s why it’s so important to address both – and that’s exactly what Recovery Centers of America does through our ‘Breaking Free’ program.

‘Breaking Free’ takes a trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment. Our supportive therapists and staff, as well as a program tailored to your specific trauma, carefully address trauma without reliving the experience.

This 4-week course runs alongside of addiction treatment. The topics that are covered include (but not limited to):

  • Addressing Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • How to keep grounded
  • Relaxing techniques
  • Understanding trauma and triggers
  • Dealing with flashbacks/triggers
  • Understanding anger
  • Tackling faulting thinking
  • Resurrecting your self-esteem
  • Addressing Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • How to keep grounded
  • Relaxing techniques
  • Understanding trauma and triggers
  • Dealing with flashbacks/triggers
  • Understanding anger
  • Tackling faulting thinking
  • Resurrecting your self-esteem

Trauma-informed yoga

People suffering from trauma can feel unsafe within their bodies; trauma-informed yoga works to re-instill that trust and sense of comfort. RCA’s instructor puts the power in each students’ hands, as they accept everyone is the master of his or her body and experience, and work to create a safe, comfortable healing space.

In this space, there are no loud sounds, bright lights, overpowering scents – it’s a quiet spot to learn calming breathing techniques and comfortable postures to loosen up the body without a hands-on process, while acknowledging each person has their own boundaries.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Meet the team

Jennifer Dolan,
MA, LAC, ATR-BC, CCTP

Jennifer comes to Recovery Centers of America at Lighthouse with experience working as a therapist in the substance use and mental health field. Jennifer specializes in Trauma Informed Care, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches. Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently credentialed as a Licensed Associate Counselor and a Board Certified Art Therapist in the state of New Jersey. Jennifer is also nationally credentialed as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Jennifer’s passion for treating those experiencing unresolved grief and loss, complex mental health symptoms, and maladaptive coping skills comes from her several years of working with multiple high risk populations, and recognizing a need for continued health care reform and social action against stigma. Jennifer approaches her work with non judgmental compassion; encourages empowerment through self advocacy; and offers a safe place to explore underlying issues that layer substance use disorders. Jennifer believes a better quality of life is possible through recovery and healing.

Karin Rossi,
M.S.Ed, CCTP, RYT-200, TCTSY-F

Karin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Fordham University and a Masters of Science from Hofstra University.  She is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Clinical Trauma Professional. She began her yoga practice in 1991 as a path to emotional healing.  Karin is currently working towards her E-RYT through Yoga Alliance.  Her background in addictions led her to RCA working as a yoga instructor. She earned an additional 300-hour trauma yoga certification through the Trauma Center in Boston Massachusetts becoming a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and implementing an evidenced-based, best practices program into the Breaking Free Trauma Track.

As a TCTSY Facilitator, Karin is an integral part of helping clients learn to befriend their bodies.  Additionally, Karin is certified to work with incarcerated populations. In the summer of 2017 Karin was privileged to work with Youth Build Philadelphia leading yoga and meditation classes.  She has earned her certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts.   Karin has created a yoga program at The Branches, an outreach center serving the homeless and those living with poverty in Lower Cape May County. Most recently Karin became a trained Family Support Group Facilitator for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Karin teaches trauma, yoga, and meditation workshops in Cape May County. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Service Council.

Moving from Inpatient to Outpatient

Our support and treatment don’t stop once you or your loved one leaves RCA Lighthouse’s Inpatient. The second half of the track – ‘Breaking Through’ – is available in our Outpatient programs, including Intensive Outpatient (IOP), General Outpatient (GOP), and Partial Care Program (PCP).

Here, trauma is still addressed into different stages of recovery, but worked on less intensely. Trauma-informed yoga and group therapy sessions are offered in RCA at Lighthouse’s ‘Breaking Through’ Outpatient program. Our group therapy includes:

Our therapists and staff will be with you and your family every step of the way.

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