Trauma is when we experience very stressful, frightening or distressing events that are difficult to cope with or out of our control. It could be one incident, or an ongoing event that happens over a long period of time.
What is Trauma and how do we treat it?
Trauma and addiction
It is very common to find that people suffering from addiction have also experienced trauma as adults or as children. Examples of childhood trauma include physical abuse, but also drug or alcohol abuse in the family, witnessing others being abused, neglect, and bullying. Experiencing trauma in childhood greatly increases vulnerability to addiction in later life.
At Jintara we assess for underlying trauma and offer treatment as an extension to our addiction program. Our trained Western therapists can provide a number of evidence-based trauma therapies, including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
CPT focuses on the way that the traumatic event impacts how you see yourself, others and the world. A major part of the treatment is learning tools to reevaluate and change unhelpful beliefs and behaviours. Clients keep these tools and can use them as life skills after treatment. CPT does not involve reliving or describing the trauma in detail.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR involves briefly focusing on the trauma memory and then allowing the brain to free-associate for a short period of time while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically following a moving object with the eyes).
This allows the brain to complete the processing of traumatic memories. Thoughts and feelings which are frozen from the time of the trauma get updated to incorporate the strengths and resources that have been gained since then. The result is that the experience gets incorporated into the brain’s working model in an adaptive way, resulting in being stronger and able to act more effectively. The memory is still there, but it loses its emotional charge, and it’s possible to recall or mention it without distress, just like any other memory.
Jintara’s Trauma Program
We have helped our clients overcome debilitating trauma and move on with their lives with freedom and hope.
Jintara’s trauma program combines addiction and trauma treatment. Initially addiction is stabilized and overall well-being is promoted. Once the client is feeling better, the different treatment approaches are discussed and the client and therapist come to a decision together about which one to choose.
During the trauma part of the treatment, Jintara provides multiple individual counselling sessions per week. Working on trauma while staying at Jintara is ideal because all your needs are taken care of, you are protected from the temptation of drugs and alcohol and you will be in a safe, supportive and caring environment.
Once trauma has been resolved, a recovery plan is completed, incorporating the best practices of addiction treatment with the new personal insights and opportunities which come from completing trauma processing.
An overall stay of two to three months is enough to finally be free from the distress of trauma and start a new life.
How trauma is treated at Jintara Rehab
Treatment for trauma starts long before you arrive at Jintara Rehab. We conduct detailed phone/Zoom assessments with one of our International Therapy Team to understand your unique needs, so we can make sure that you get the proper treatment and care from the moment you arrive.
We assess your immediate condition and if you need medication for detox and to help with withdrawal management, safety and comfort. This assessment is done at our Partner hospitals and always under medical supervision and prescription. The actual detox process is done on site at Jintara and managed by our 24-hour Nursing team, who will check on you regularly.
Soon after your arrival, we will take you to one of our Partner Hospitals for a detailed medical checkup. This includes full blood-work, liver function test, kidney function test and EKG at a minimum. Jintara is the only Thai rehab to include these detailed tests as part of the standard fees, and gives both you and us peace of mind that you are in good physical shape, and if not, we can address it during your stay with us.
Counseling and therapy for groups and individuals help you better understand your problem with alcohol and support recovery from the psychological aspects of alcohol use. At Jintara you will receive approximately 70-hours of clinician face time per month. We are unique at Jintara in that we treat the causes of addiction and not just the symptoms. We call this dual diagnosis and you can read more about that here.
This process usually involves alcohol treatment specialists. It may include goal setting, behavior change techniques, use of self-help manuals, counseling and follow-up care.
Aftercare is optional (but highly recommended) and you can continue working with your Focal Counselor after you leave Jintara.
Why Jintara might be the best treatment option for you.
Jintara Rehab is a small boutique rehab that specializes in support for alcohol addiction, accepting only 10 private clients in a beautiful boutique rehab setting – so you wont be overlooked or overwhelmed. Our focus is on providing the best client experience we can – from our highly experienced and credentialed International Therapy Team, attentive and caring Thai staff, wonderful resort-like facilities and amazing holistic, fitness and nutritional options at a reasonable price.
But if you are still not sure on which rehab is best for you, contact us for a no obligation chat about you or someone you care about.
We are here to help.
Jintara Rehab – Escape to Recovery.