Trauma experiences are a part of being human. Each of us experiences trauma. However, childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) often have a greater impact than trauma experienced in adulthood. As children, we are still learning about the world and our place in it.
Childhood trauma can play a significant role in how your personality develops. It is a common contributing factor to substance use disorders and many mental health disorders that continue into adulthood including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.
As we learn more about childhood trauma and ACEs, we are beginning to discover the myriad of ways that traumatic events in childhood can create lasting effects that reverberate throughout adulthood. Treating childhood trauma is often an important key to improving adult mental health. By drilling down to the root causes and conditions of current mental health disorders, we can free ourselves from the burdens of the past and find much relief in the present.
Childhood trauma can take many forms, but the majority of childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can be placed in one or more of these four categories.
The impact of childhood trauma can be lasting and complex. Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are among the most common causes of mental health disorders and substance abuse that arise during or continue into adulthood.
Cottonwood Tucson is a trauma-informed mental health treatment center. This means we appreciate the role that childhood trauma and ACEs can play in adult mental health. We believe that addressing childhood trauma is often the most effective way to produce lasting change and deep healing.
We treat conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD, that are a direct result of traumatic experiences during childhood with a variety of approaches. We rely on proven, evidence-based mental health treatment methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
When safe and appropriate, we may also incorporate exposure therapy where the client is led through the process of dealing with negative emotions caused by the trauma. Each person’s experience is unique, as is the combination of therapeutic modalities that will best meet their needs. Every client we treat here receives a highly individualized treatment plan attuned to their particular set of circumstances.
Recovery from childhood trauma is a process that often continues for life, but it is possible to make substantial progress during residential treatment for childhood trauma. Even patients who have attended counseling or outpatient therapy for many years often find that residential (inpatient) mental health treatment leads to significant breakthroughs. Even with years of outpatient therapy, it is common to reach a plateau in progress. More intensive treatment is frequently the answer.
Some of our specialized trauma services include:
It takes time, energy, and courage to heal from the impact of childhood trauma and ACEs. But there is good reason for hope. The state of trauma treatment is more advanced than ever before, with many breakthroughs in treatment occurring within just the past 20-30 years. No one should be sentenced to endure the echoes of past trauma without relief.
Cottonwood Tucson has been helping people overcome trauma and the mental health conditions and substance use disorders associated with it for over 25 years. If you or someone you love could benefit from treatment for mental health or a substance use disorder, Cottonwood Tucson is ready to help. Contact us anytime, 24 hours a day at (888) 433-1069.