It is extremely common for people living with addiction to actually be experiencing anotherunderlying issue, such as anxiety, depression or PTSD, in addition to their substance abuse.
At Full Impact Recovery , we understand that addictive patterns can mask, or offer a way to avoid, something painful that is happening, or has happened in your life. They are coping mechanisms that you may have adopted in order to ‘self-medicate’ and cope in the best way you can.
For many people, drug dependency or alcohol dependency can indicate underlying or unconscious hurt, which may have started in your childhood or teenage years. In order for you to heal sustainably, our treatment approach embraces two very powerful elements:
An alcohol or drug problem very often occurs together with a mental health issue. This twofold condition is known as a ‘dual diagnosis’.
It is likely that someone who is living with a substance addiction is also experiencing other issues with mental health, such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, or childhood trauma. We work to ensure that each individual client is supported to explore their own unique experience through one-to-one care with therapists, doctors, and other healthcare professionals.
Trauma-informed care is a form of treatment that allows you to feel safe, held, and ready to work with the possibility of past or current trauma/s that may be affecting you or causing addictive behaviour. Trauma can cause people to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol in order to cope. For this reason, we consider trauma as well as the substance use in our rehabilitation programs.
Through this approach, we can help you to recognise that addictive patterns and dependencies are not necessarily embedded for life; that through creativity and resilience, you can overcome them and change your life for the better.