Every story is different, but pain is shared.

The trunk of our Trauma Tree: PAIN

We are built by nature to be survivors. This means at any age – from childhood to adulthood- when we experience painful events, our brains and our bodies will create coping mechanisms to survive the experience, albeit often unhealthy coping mechanisms. 

This commonly occurs when we experience negative events during our early developmental years when our ability to use positive coping mechanisms has not matured or been taught to us.

Unfortunately, while we live in “survival mode,” it can also rob us of the ability to live a healthy, satisfying life. When this happens, individuals find themselves stuck in their pain, and may act out in ways that are not healthy.

Living in “survival mode” keeps us in a state of heightened response and unable to live a happy, healthy life. At TBTR, we help you journey from SURVIVING TO THRIVING.

By attending our program at TBTR, you will begin your emotional healing and wellness journey. Clients completing our program talk about their experience simply: 

“The Bridge to Recovery profoundly helped me find happiness again.”

Happiness, in relation to emotional healing, can seem hard to ascertain, hard to grasp, and often impossible to believe in. But it is possible, and our Alumni report improvement in the following areas of their lives:

  • Family Relationships
  • Vocation/Career
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Social Experiences
  • Interpersonal Friendships and Relationships
  • Parental Endeavors
  • Community Engagement & More

But most of all, our Alumni report an improved relationship with SELF.  

Understanding Trauma

Trauma is complex. It is painful. It is sneaky.  

We often think of trauma very simplistically: ABUSE.  

The reality is, however, that trauma comes in many forms. And, when we experience any one of these forms, it can cause emotional dysregulation which can lead to behavior changes, mental health struggles, and more.

At The Bridge to Recovery, we believe that until you heal the emotional pain caused by trauma, our emotional response system will be unable to operate in a healthy manner.

While there are many forms of Trauma, the definition of it can be simplified to:

Any event we experience that causes pain.

If you are in any kind of emotional pain, something caused it. And at The Bridge to Recovery, healing from pain is what we have helped our clients experience for five decades.

Let’s take a look at what trauma is, or, the “roots” of our trauma tree.

Some examples of trauma include (but, are certainly not limited to):

  • Early Childhood & Adolescent Trauma: Trauma experienced during developmentally critical ages. This can (and often) includes family of origin trauma, which you can read more about HERE
  • Traumatic Grief: Death of someone close to us; also can include grief and loss issues surrounding people, places, or things.
  • Bullying: Emotional and physical harm can be caused from the deliberate and unsolicited actions of others.  
  • Terrorism, Community Trauma, & Mass Violence: May include trauma inflected from shootings, fires, weather devastation, acts of God, and/or other types of attacks.
  • Intimate Partner Violence: Harm or threats inflicted by current or past partners.
  • Medical Trauma: Any negative experience relating to caring for your medical needs, such as procedure malpractice, chronic illness & fatigue, and more.
  • Abuse: any type of physical or emotional/mental injury caused by another individual.
  • War and/or Refugee Trauma: Persecution, abandonment, and violence are just a few examples of trauma experienced from such events.
  • First Responder Trauma: Exposure (including continued exposure) to highly emotional, graphic, and violent events can cause traumatic response.
  • Change of Life Events: Can include trauma experienced from divorce, job loss, financial devastation, and more.

Healing from Trauma

Until you address the cause of your pain, you cannot heal from it. When left untreated, this can cause a wide variety of issues in life. Healing starts with un-covering, understanding, and un-shaming our experiences which shaped development, boundaries, and emotional response. This is how attending our program will change your life.

“I’ve never experienced any trauma.”

“I already know what I’ve been through and reliving it won’t help.”

“I just want to stop (fill in the blank), not sit around talking about my past.”

“I’ve blocked out my past, and bringing it back up will only make things worse.”

These are all things we commonly hear. They are also misunderstandings. Trauma is evasive and we often think because we did not experience what society has deemed as “painful enough,” that our pain is not “bad enough.” 

That’s simply untrue. Again, if you are in pain, there is a reason.  

Ask yourself: “Am I happy in all facets of my life?”

If you cannot answer yes, then there is something hindering you from happiness.

Uncovering and addressing trauma is a critical step in being able to find reprieve from the unhealthy behaviors, dissatisfaction, and overall general disconnect in your life. It cannot simply be skipped. Why? Because when you experience trauma, your emotional development, regulation, and maturity is changed. At The Bridge, we help you do the work to let go of the pain caused from trauma so that you can develop new, healthy response systems.

The Bridge to Recovery is a transformational, residential program specializing in healing the effects of unresolved trauma leading to negative thinking, behaving, and feeling.  The end result of attending our program is emotional recovery, improved happiness, and a renewed enthusiasm for life.