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Can I Heal Trauma Without Medication?

In our modern Western world, it seems like medication is the answer to everything. While medication can be beneficial in certain instances, it’s not the only way to heal trauma or behavioral health conditions.

Lasting Effects of Trauma

Research has shown a strong link between trauma, health conditions, behavioral health disorders, and other long-term effects. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “many people who experience a traumatic event will go on with their lives without lasting negative effects.” However, many more will have difficulty and experience “traumatic stress reactions.” SAMSHA notes that people can overcome traumatic experiences with “appropriate supports and intervention.” Unfortunately, most people will go without these services.

Somatic Memory and Energy Stores

According to the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, researchers have noted that trauma is “stored in somatic memory and expressed as changes in the biological stress response.” The fact that trauma can be stored somatically, or specifically in the body, is crucial to understanding how to treat it. This is especially important in a world where there’s a revolving door of treatment programs, and medications are given out around the clock.

Healing Trauma Without Medication

In recent years, research has found many benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat those who have had traumatic experiences. CAM treatments like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and acupuncture can help move lingering energy out of the body.

Treatment Methods

In 2013, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease conducted a study to observe the effects of EFT on a population of veterans who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By the time the study was over, it found that 90% of those who experienced EFT no longer met PTSD clinical criteria.

Breathwork is another method that can help people overcome traumatic experiences. When a person focuses on controlled breathing, they can move energy through the body and form a deeper mind-body connection. Other methods that do not involve medication can include somatic therapy, sound healing, meditation, and even exercise.

Healing at The Guest House

At The Guest House, our mission is to help individuals overcome trauma in a safe space. We offer a wide variety of modalities that will allow you to heal without the need for medication.

At The Guest House, we provide many different treatment modalities like breathwork, music therapy, art therapy, somatic healing, and more. With many methods to choose from, you can find what works best for you and not worry about the rest.

Traumatic experiences can leave a permanent mark. Instead of simply masking your trauma, our programs will help you fully heal your mind, body, and soul.

In the United States, medication has become the standard practice to alleviate pain from traumatic experiences and behavioral health conditions. Unfortunately, medication won’t always help because trauma is somatically stored in the body long-term. Our mission at The Guest House is to help you fully heal from trauma and bridge together your mind, body, and soul. We offer a variety of therapeutic modalities like breathwork, sound healing, somatic therapy, and more. We want you to be as comfortable as possible while going through this tough time. Give us a call at (855) 483-7800.