Trauma therapy to resolve the past.
Psychological assessments and testing when indicated
Developmental trauma and family-of-origin work
Group and individual therapy
Experiential work to put tools into practice
Your story matters, and you’re more than a medical chart. We offer opportunities for physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
If you’re staying 28 days or longer, we offer your family members a weekly therapist appointment too.
We tackle addiction, trauma, and mental health by addressing the root causes instead of just the symptoms.
Your treatment plan is made specifically for you – based on your needs and the therapies that are right for you.
Our Trauma Treatment Approach
We start by fully examining each guest’s family and developmental history to gain a clear understanding of their childhood and development, including the various roles they played in their family of origin and the ways in which they adapted to those roles.
Guests work to identify triggers and adopt healthy, functional coping mechanisms that enable them to better resolve moments of emotional distress.
DISCOVERY OF DYSFUNCTION
Through our in-depth exploration process, we identify unfavorable developmental patterns that will help reveal the underlying causes of the guest’s issues, including addictions and self-destructive or dysfunctional behaviors.
Guests are taught to recognize their own inherent value as human beings, with imperfection and vulnerability as essential parts of that value. This allows them to come to terms with their own fallibility, overcome limiting core beliefs, and develop a sense of meaning.
TEAM STRATEGIC APPROACH
Our clinical team works together to establish an emotional baseline for each guest, allowing the primary therapist to establish a personalized, curated curriculum of care.
Guests receive tools to monitor their own progress and achieve greater self-awareness through the sharpening of communication skills. By learning to calmly and effectively describe how they feel, they lay the foundation for healthy interpersonal relationships.
REGRESSION AND REPAIR
The primary therapist guides the guest in learning to recognize when they emotionally revert to childhood ego states. From there, the guest will learn to “grow themselves back up” to maturity in each scenario.
As they progress through treatment, guests are encouraged to take on more responsibilities and explore their improved resiliency in coping with emotional triggering and adversity. Armed with these tools, guests are equipped to experience their lives with long-term stability, lasting recovery, and meaningful purpose.
Each guest is assigned a primary therapist. This therapist works with the clinical and residential teams to track and identify the guest’s unique dispositions and behaviors that create unmanageability and relational problems
What We Treat
Learn About: Attachment Issues
Attachment begins at birth, when infants first begin developing emotional bonds with their mother or primary caregiver and other close family members. This normal part of childhood development lays the groundwork for all social, romantic, and familial relationships an individual will have in his/her lifetime. Unfortunately, disruptions in this developmental process can have a lasting impact upon one’s ability to form healthy relationships later in life.
Studies show that more than a third of all children in the US experience some form of attachment issue. Most are never diagnosed or treated because resulting behaviors manifest in ways seemingly unrelated to the attachment issue’s cause.
When infants and children are mistreated or abused, attachment issues commonly result. They may also occur when a child is moved between primary caregivers. Younger children may also develop attachment issues if they are left to cry without a caring and responsive caregiver to depend on for comfort. Anyway, it happens, when a child’s needs, the child learns that they cannot depend on the caregiver. As the child grows up, this carries over to impact their view of the world and development of relationships.
Treating Attachment Issues
Attachment issues are often only part of an individual’s mental health picture. Because they were developed in childhood, these issues often result in aberrant behaviors long before adulthood. If not identified and treated at that time it manifests, the issues become more likely to develop further into dysfunctional behavior, such as addiction or codependency.
It is very common for attachment issues to go unaddressed until an individual gets treated for other, more apparent conditions. When the individual does enter treatment, family members have to be involved. In order for the therapeutic process to effectively resolve the issues, broken family bonds must be repaired.
It is also important for individuals with an attachment disorder to understand and make sense of their past, so they can develop the ability to identify their own behavior and begin to separate themselves from a cycle of strained relationships.
When to Seek Treatment for Attachment Issues
When possible, attachment issues should be identified and treated as early as possible. Ideally, attachment issues will be treated during childhood. In reality, that’s often not the case. Whatever your age, look for the following signs of attachment issues. Pursue professional help if any of these signs are characteristic of you.
- If you have difficulty with intimacy of any kind
- If you don’t like to be touched or if you avoid physical affection
- If you have problems with anger
- If you have difficulty feeling empathy or caring for others
- If you have trouble feeling guilt, regret, shame, or remorse
- If you have any form of addiction or codependency
Click to View: Codependency
Codependency is often referred to as “relationship addiction”. Codependence is a condition that often becomes the centerpiece of dysfunctional relationships. It was first identified in the spouses of alcoholics (termed “co-alcoholics”), but research soon revealed that the codependence occurred in a large percentage of relationships of all kinds.
Codependency occurs when one person in a dysfunctional relationship takes on responsibility for nearly all of the other’s emotional needs and self-worth. This may begin for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a person is simply devoted to caring for a sick parent or spouse. Other times, one person is suffering from some form of addiction while the other person is desperate to hold life together. Codependent individuals put their loved ones’ needs above their own. Though it may at first seem loving, this not only enables the other person’s dysfunction, but it feeds further dysfunction. The codependent carer develops their own dysfunction as they lose elements of their own identity.
Generally, codependents mean well and act out of care and concern for their loved ones. However, that selfless intent can harden into a sense of duty and supersede their own emotional development. Thus, codependent individuals have a hard time saying “no;” they have low self-esteem and poor boundaries; and generally suffer from intimacy issues, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Codependency is often a learned behavior for the children of parents who are abusive or suffering from addiction. In this type of codependency, the codependent child often grows up to develop substance or behavioral addictions themselves. A dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is incredibly common, as many PTSD sufferers turn to excessive drug and alcohol use to try to relieve PTSD’s intrusive and uncomfortable emotional and psychological symptoms.
As its roots dig themselves increasingly deeper over time, codependency is often present in those with addictions or other mental health disorders. Codependent individuals can benefit from a variety of dual-diagnosis treatment methodologies. As with any trauma, family involvement in treatment is immeasurably crucial.
Children who grow up in codependent families will often carry their codependence into their own families. Without knowing why, they are most likely to seek out needy partners, rather than healthy relationships. They also tend to pursue careers where they can pour their identity into either helping or controlling others.
When to Seek Treatment for Codependency
Codependency is most easily identified through analysis of your relational tendencies. However, if you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should seek professional help regardless
- If you are in an abusive relationship
- If you have low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy
- If you have difficulty saying “no” when asked to do something
- If you are unable to separate your own feelings from those of a loved one
- If you become overly defensive when someone disagrees with you
- If you get upset or despondent when someone refuses your help
- If you have trouble expressing your thoughts, feelings, and needs
- If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress
See: Developmental and Relational Trauma
Trauma can be defined as the inability to effectively process, accept, and move on from life experiences perceived as overwhelming. Perhaps trauma is best understood as an emotional wound that won’t seem to heal.
Individuals who have faced traumatic experiences are left with a kind of unhealed emotional wound that actually causes them unbearable psychological pain when certain emotions or memories are triggered. To help them alleviate this pain which feels too great to bear, individuals instinctively seek out coping mechanisms. This is the link between trauma and behavior.
Relational and developmental traumas most commonly occur in children, still in the process of emotional development. When kids encounter a traumatic event, they may find themselves unable to adequately cope. In their cases, the coping mechanisms they find may appear as rage, affection-seeking, or approval-seeking.
These inadequate trauma coping mechanisms may continue well into adulthood unless the trauma is correctly addressed. Poor coping mechanisms don’t actually resolve or deal with the trauma, they just help a person avoid some part of its related emotional pain. Eventually, the individual will seek out other means of avoiding the pain of their trauma. Ideally, this would be professional help. In reality, the desperation to cope with underlying trauma can often drive a person to abuse drugs or alcohol.
Obviously, drug and alcohol abuse will not solve or “cure” an individual’s trauma. It only compounds their problems. Traumatized individuals may seek drugs and alcohol for temporary relief from pain. But inevitably, as their substance tolerance grows, they require larger and larger doses to achieve the same level of relief. This pursuit of relief and increase of substance use carves out the path to true addiction.
Treating Developmental & Relational Trauma
Whether trauma originates from personal relationships or societal problems, the effects are fairly predictable. Without proper trauma therapy, the trauma’s impact can endure and invade wellness and life overall. Individuals with untreated trauma are often filled with uncertainty, fear, and a sense of confusion about finding purpose or even normalcy.
Much of trauma is rooted in childhood: abusive family members, school bullies, prejudice, or oppression. These experiences are intense and continue to perpetuate themselves, creating a cycle of depression, substance abuse, and failed relationships. While one family member may process and recover from an event, another may find themselves wholly unable to cope.
These individuals continuously experience their trauma emotions, with no innate ability to process or handle them. New experiences which trigger the same emotions cause the individual to re-experience the earlier traumatic event over and over, making resolution and recovery from these experiences extremely challenging.
More on: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Unfortunately, the majority of guests who have been through multiple rounds of addiction treatment are never treated for or even informed about underlying cases of PTSD.
Trauma, according to the DSM-V, regards a personal experience involving emotionally-scarring acts of violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, the witnessing of violence, terrorism, and natural disasters. Gaining an understanding of the personal traumatic experiences of each individual guest helps us to better assess and treat them for related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Our expert clinical staff has extensive experience treating survivors of sexual assault, as well as first responders such as military personnel, police officers, paramedics, and firefighters.A dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is incredibly common, as many PTSD sufferers turn to excessive drug and alcohol use to try to relieve PTSD’s intrusive and uncomfortable emotional and psychological symptoms.
In the treatment of PTSD, support from family members and close friends is unexplainably important. The development of a solid network of recovering peers has also proven to be immensely beneficial. For those who are afflicted with both PTSD and a co-occurring substance abuse issue, comprehensive inpatient treatment can be a true lifeline. At All Points North Lodge, we have created an environment where personal safety and communal trust are non-negotiable. Our staff has been specially trained to assist guests dealing with unresolved trauma. The multi-faceted clinical approach at APN Lodge has proven to be highly successful in treating cases of post-traumatic stress disorder and associated substance abuse.
These symptoms include:
- Reliving the traumatic event
- Attempting to avoid all thoughts or memories of the event
- Being overly wound-up or in a constant state of high alertness
- Emotional numbness and detachment
- Functional problems in work, school, and interpersonal relationships
- Anxiety, hostility, suicidal thoughts and plans, and difficulty identifying a sense of purpose
The Link Between Trauma and Addiction
One of the first true breakthroughs in addiction treatment was the realization that addiction is often the result of someone trying to cope with a major underlying issue – such as physical or psychological trauma. Once treatment specialists identified the connection, it became clear that those struggling with addiction would continue to cycle through treatment and relapse until the focus of recovery expanded to address those untreated issues as well.
APN’s approach is founded upon the belief that addiction is often a symptom of unresolved trauma. Our process weaves together fundamental addiction recovery techniques with trauma intensive individual, group, and family therapies to comprehensively treat each client. In doing so, we help them establish a personalized framework to better identify, understand, and manage both their dependencies and mental disorders long-term.