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A personʼs reaction to trauma can be difficult for loved ones to understand. At Innova, we know that you are the first line of support for your family member and we want to equip you with the best possible tools for that role.

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The Importance of Your Support

Healing is a journey best travelled with a faithful companion for support

Trauma work is often similar to a readdressing a previously broken bone. If someone breaks a bone and does get the right medical attention, it will heal, though it is often crooked, painful and has reduced capabilities of functioning.

If we are able to eventually seek medical attention, it is often necessary for the doctor to “re-break” the bone first to reset it for healing. This can seem like the opposite of what any rational person would “want” to do in order to heal and requires a great deal of initial pain and discomfort.

In many ways, addressing our trauma can feel like the same process. If we have spent years struggling with being overwhelmed by our emotions or if we have done the opposite and “numbed” our emotions, starting the process of confronting them can be uncomfortable. Because of this, it is easy to empathize with why many clients may arrive to treatment and feel afraid, intimidated, uncomfortable, or even desire to leave during the first few days.

For other clients, they may be relieved at having the structure they are lacking in their lives and may experience these feelings later  once they start addressing their feelings about the trauma. Both scenarios can result in a person “sabotaging” their recovery by leaving therapy before they are able to experience the relief that comes when their symptoms begin to improve. This is why support and encouragement not just from therapists, but from everyone in a clientʼs support network is often crucial to a clientʼs recovery.

What are some common reactions to trauma?

Many individuals are often surprised to learn that struggles they have are actually a product of trauma

  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Feeling detached from others, as if no one understands you
  • Sitting with oneʼs back to a wall in any room
  • Sleeping on the couch
  • Bedwetting as an adult
  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance of crowds
  • Carrying a gun or weapon regularly
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance dependence and abuse
  • Personality disorders (especially Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • Disordered Eating
  • Self harm

Know someone who could use some help?

If your family members is experiencing the above symptoms, they may benefit from focused trauma treatment. We are here to help. Call or text today to schedule an appointment with one of our trauma-informed coordinators.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many families don’t know where to begin or what to ask. Here are a few commonly asked questions to help you make the best decision for your loved one.

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How can I support someone who has experienced a trauma?

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There are no magic words to take away the pain. The most powerful thing someone can do is simply be present. Listen without judgment. Don’t say things like “you should be over it by now.” There is no timeline for trauma recovery, especially without proper treatment.

What if my loved one doesn’t want to talk about their trauma?

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This is very common. Sometimes individuals experience something that feels so horrific or shameful to them that they cannot speak about it. They fear judgment. They wonder if it is their fault or it could have been prevented. Others don’t want to burden someone else with their story. You don’t need to know details to be supportive. It is enough to say “I am here for you, no matter what happened.”

How can I pay for treatment?

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We take all major insurance. We also have generous payment plans to make sure finances are not a barrier.

How do I know what level of care my person needs?

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You can learn more about levels of care here.

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