Trauma Therapy Program

Trauma Therapy & Substance Abuse Treatment in Donegal, PA

Individuals in the Dreamlife Recovery Trauma program are offered a personalized treatment plan addressing each of the three types of trauma: acute, chronic, and complex. Our staff of professional experts are clinically trained to assess which types of trauma each individual may have, whether it is verbal and physical abuse, neglect, or different types of trauma.

During our trauma therapy program, individuals may also be treated with pharmacotherapy when appropriate for managing symptoms of the trauma. The program teaches grounding skills, anger management, self-management, and recovery training. Other treatments can include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and therapeutic group sessions.

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If you are interested in our Trauma Therapy Program, give us a call or fill out our form. Our admission process starts with a verification of benefits to provide the most accurate cost estimate for your stay. We’ll then follow up with a medical screening over the phone before preparing your travel arrangements to our recovery center in Donegal, PA.

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What is Trauma? +

Trauma is an emotional response to experiencing a major negative event or events, such as a natural disaster, sexual abuse, combat exposure, or the sudden loss of a loved one (to name a few). In the face of trauma, individuals can develop any number of symptoms that impact their ability to live their lives the way they want.

When someone experiences trauma, they often find themselves left picking up the pieces of the experience and trying to move on. For some, moving on after trauma can feel near impossible because of the presence of symptoms such as the following:

  • Denial
  • Shock
  • Problems concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Hypervigilance
  • Guilt or shame
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Feeling disconnected


In some instances, individuals experiencing the effects of trauma take matters into their own hands and attempt to self-soothe. Unfortunately, this is one of the many reasons why those dealing with untreated trauma turn to drugs and alcohol.


The Connection Between Trauma and Substance Abuse +

On average, roughly 20-40% of individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a substance abuse problem. That means that almost one quarter to one half of all individuals who develop PTSD in the face of one or more traumatic events turns to drugs or alcohol to cope with the lasting effects of it. And, despite their being several treatment resources to address the impact of trauma, many people continue to drink and do drugs to self-medicate. But why?

For starters, posttraumatic stress disorder is technically an anxiety disorder. This means that those who have it are dealing with symptoms such as being on edge and having excessive worries. These two symptoms alone can make drugs and alcohol look highly appealing, as getting high or drunk can easily take away those unpleasant feelings. In addition, attempting to carry on with a normal, everyday life when symptoms such as problems concentrating and difficulty making decisions are in the way can make even the simplest things seem challenging. Drugs and alcohol have long been known for their ability to mask painful feelings and experiences, and those with PTSD or those who struggle with the impacts of trauma are no exception. PTSD rehab centers near you specialize in understanding the trauma that led to substance abuse and treat both simultaneously.

About our Trauma Therapy Program

Our team recognizes that substance use can help numb the pain of trauma for a long time until the addiction becomes a problem itself. The trauma therapy rehab program at DreamLife Recovery provides a safe, comfortable and caring environment to teach our clients adaptability and coping skills for life’s struggles.

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How Does the Trauma Informed Substance Abuse Treatment Work? +

Clients in the Trauma Therapy Program may be treated with specific pharmacotherapy when appropriate for managing disruptive symptoms of the trauma. This includes any medication treatment that will be appropriately identifies by the treatment team to treat any possible diagnosis such as Depressions, Anxiety, PTSD, and more.

Additional treatment may include the following:

  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Therapeutic Groups and individual sessions using evidence-based behavior therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy to address parenting, trauma, chronic pain, depression, relapse, grief, and loss, among others.
  • Other important topics may include grounding skills, anger management, boundaries, Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), and more.
  • DreamLife Recovery uses research-supported strategies for enhancing and sustaining physiological self-regulation for trauma stabilization including yoga, mindfulness exercises, adventure therapy, meditation, reiki and much more.

PTSD and Alcoholism Treatment Near You +

For those interesting to learn more about the DreamLife Recovery Trauma Program and process, please contact our team today.

Mike Iwinski

Program Director

Get To Know Us

Mike Iwinski has a master’s in human services counseling and executive leadership and an undergraduate is in history with a minor in Ancient Greek and significant coursework in education and religion, giving him a diverse knowledge base to pull from when working with clients.

Having worked as a case manager for clients struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse, as well as a counselor in both of those fields, Mike knows how to navigate systems and help his clients achieve their goals.

Mike has worked with people struggling with all kinds of addictions and MH concerns, specifically with men struggling with sexual abuse, sexual addiction and habitual shame-based sexual behaviors. Utilizing both traditional and holistic modalities Mike seeks to meet clients where they are in their recovery. Mike practices aspects of CBT, DBT, ACT, somatic psychotherapy, sound healing, and engages clients utilizing the polyvagal theory.

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