Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Addiction Rehab Centers is a safe, nurturing community for survivors of sexual abuse and severe trauma. The need for safety is paramount while treating the effects of sexual abuse and trauma. These issues are extremely painful, create enormous shame, self-hatred, abandonment issues and co-dependency. Sexual abuse and trauma takes many forms. These can be single events or events that escalate over time. Examples include sexual harassment, rape, inappropriate touching, being pressured to engage in sexual activity and threats of harm are all examples of sexual trauma.

Sexual abuse and trauma are extremely painful and one of the leading causes of substance abuse disorder and abuse of other addictive substances and behavior. ARC takes a multi-disciplinary and individualistic approach to treating survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. ARC understands that individuals are all effected differently; thus, the importance of developing individualistic treatment plans rather than a “treatment track.”

Our approach includes techniques such as EMDR, in-depth process work and development of self-love. We believe in beginning to define love, intimacy and safe boundaries. Through these and other techniques, ARC takes advantage of the human brain’s neuroplasticity-the brains ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in order to adapt and adjust to new situations, experiences and environments-.

Symptoms common with Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Diagnosis of sexual abuse and trauma can be difficult given the co-morbidity of co-occurring disorders.  Many individuals suffering from sexual abuse and trauma also utilize other forms of addiction to avoid shame and emotional pain.  Some of these symptoms include:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Difficulty trusting
  • Sexual anxiety and disorders, including having too many or unsafe sexual partners.
  • Difficulty setting safe limits with others and relationship problems.
  • Poor body image and low self-esteem.
  • Self-harm, or eating problems.

ARC provides a safe and empathetic community to address these issues.  We are experts in the field of addressing trauma and abuse and believe that the underlying issues of shame and co-dependency are exacerbated when sexual abuse and trauma are present.