Did you know that events that happened to your parents or grandparents can impact your life today? At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Osawatomie, Kansas, we have a trauma therapy program that helps clients just like you get to the root of mental health issues that impact addiction recovery. You don’t have to cover your pain or self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to get well.
What Is Intergenerational Trauma?
You may not realize that the traumatic stories you hear from your parents and grandparents can affect the way you feel and react to things in your own life. When previous generations pass down traumatic events, we call it intergenerational trauma. This condition causes uncontrollable fear that can impact your quality of life. Additionally, you may even pass it on to your own children unless you break the cycle now.
Intergenerational trauma is sometimes referred to as historic trauma or transgenerational trauma. As stories get passed down from one generation to the next, the trauma can remain unresolved and overwhelming, eventually impacting several generations.
Getting into a trauma treatment program can help you begin to heal. However, if you also have a substance use disorder, you need a dual diagnosis treatment program to address both issues.
How Does Intergenerational Trauma Get Passed On?
There are many ways you can experience trauma from events that happened to your parents or grandparents. If you don’t deal with the trauma in a healthy way, you won’t learn how to cope with the emotions that remembered events evoke.
Symptoms of intergenerational trauma include the following:
Fortunately, there is treatment available for intergenerational trauma.
How Intergenerational Trauma Affects Your Relationships
The human brain develops in response to your environment. So, if you carry trauma from your family history, it will probably affect your own relationships. All kinds of trauma produce neurochemicals that alter brain chemistry. Unfortunately, you can pass on these neurological changes to your children.
Examples of intergenerational trauma include the following:
- Surviving terrorism
Experts have studied the effects of these traumatic events across generations. However, individual trauma such as physical abuse, neglect, rape, and other events can also impact future generations. Too often, people who survive trauma don’t get the treatment they need. So, they can unwittingly pass it down to their descendants.
Parent-Child Relationship and Trauma
Trauma most closely impacts the parent/child relationship. If a parent experienced horrific trauma, they may remain anxious, fearful, and traumatized for the rest of their lives. This can lead to an insecure bonding between mother and child or father and child. If a parent shows physical signs of anxiety and fear, the child can sense the unease and internalize those feelings.
Sometimes, a parent telling the story of a traumatic event can cause physical and psychological trauma. Self-destructive behavior, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse may result from this trauma.
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we have skilled therapists who can help you stop the cycle. Work through the trauma that has resulted from transgenerational trauma before it can impact your own children and get the help you need at our drug and alcohol treatment center.
Working Through Intergenerational Trauma
Let our counselors guide you through trauma therapy to heal the awful experiences passed down by your parents or grandparents. If you have experienced a traumatic event, it’s time to come to terms with it without leaning on drugs and alcohol. Otherwise, you could pass it on in your brain chemistry to your own children.
We can help you delve into your past to begin the healing process at our comfortable facility. Through group therapy and individual therapy programs, you can work through your feelings and learn effective ways to deal with them.
Learn More at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Osawatomie, Kansas, our family therapy program can help you and your family members work through intergenerational trauma together. For more information on trauma therapy, mental health therapy, and substance addiction, contact our team today at 855.730.8825.