If you have checked out our section on Understanding Trauma, you will remember that at The Bridge to Recovery, we define "trauma" as any event(s) in one’s life, during any stage of life, that causes pain. Some examples of trauma one may experience are:

  • Physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse by a loved one, a partner or spouse, a family member, or a stranger.
  • Childhood abandonment, betrayal and/or neglect.
  • Bullying or social isolation and abuse.
  • Death of a loved one.
  • Triggering life events such as affairs within a relationship, divorce, financial devastation, etc.
  • Sexual assault and abuse.
  • Emotional turmoil experienced by first responders & soldiers/veterans.
  • Experiencing or witnessing emotionally life-changing events such as witnessing or being involved in an act of destruction, violence and/or death to others.
  • Historical and generational family systems issues, such as substance or sex addiction within the family, family secrets and shame, family loss, enmeshment and/or codependency within the family.

Have you or a loved one experienced any of these forms of trauma? It may be causing unresolved pain, and then we respond in unhealthy ways. The Bridge to Recovery can help.

To understand more about how our response to our Trauma impacts our behavior, visit our Trauma Response page.