Returning home after military service can be challenging. It can be complicated for your family and friends to understand your experiences and how it has impacted you.
Veterans sometimes need a different kind of support.
Connecting with others who have had similar experiences can be helpful. Your group facilitator will teach skills for managing symptoms.
Approximately 500,000 troops involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 13 years have a diagnosis of PTSD.
In veteran trauma recovery groups, you can talk about your experiences and the way it affects your daily life. You may find that others in the group are going through similar challenges.
Being able to talk openly about it in a confidential place is often helpful. Your group guide will teach skills for managing symptoms like flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and overwhelming stress.
How Trauma Can Impact Soldiers
– Sleeping issues, hypersomnia/ nightmares
– Increased startle response
– Avoidance of specific environments/people
– Memory recollection issues
– Anger Management/Irritability
– Triggered responses
Learning to deal with these symptoms can put you back in charge of your life. Trauma recovery groups that are run by trained trauma specialists are useful in helping soldiers regain control and manage the symptoms of trauma in daily life.
What to Expect in Trauma Recovery Training
Your trauma recovery will be tailored to meet your specific needs. You and your treatment provider will explore some of the goals you have relating to trauma and recovery, which may include reducing intrusive memories, learning strategies to get through difficult moments, increasing social interactions, or any specific goals that apply to you. You will create a plan to support your journey in trauma recovery.
Interventions for Trauma Recovery
Training for trauma recovery can include a variety of formats. As you explore your needs with your trainer, you may find that some of the following methods can help:
- Relaxation training
- Imaginal exposure
- In vivo exposure
- Anger management
- Identifying individual triggers
- Cognitive restructuring
- Life review
- Activity scheduling/reward planning
Develop and Implement a Strategy
You and your trainer will be able to create a plan of action that is detailed and specific to your needs for trauma training and recovery. Part of that plan of action will be an assessment to determine your needs, strengths and developmental history.
As you progress through the designated weeks of training and follow the protocol you and your trainer established, you may be asked to track your responses to the work, practice new skills and identify thoughts as they arise.
Your trainer will assign practice tasks for you to complete and this will help you reach your goals.
Trauma Recovery Training can change your life, reach out today!
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