According to the Huffington Post, every 98 seconds someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. This means that each day in America, more than 570 people experience sexual assault. These numbers are staggering and goes to show that more support, resources, and policies need to become available for our communities. If you’ve been a survivor of sexual abuse, you may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, disconnection from reality, substance abuse, and more. The physical, mental, or emotional effects of sexual abuse can last many years, but it is possible to move forward and live your life in the most meaningful way. You are a survivor and that alone brings strength.
Psychology Today emphasizes the importance of treatment – by working closely with reputable healthcare professionals in a treatment program, you can work towards building healthy coping skills. The following are some excellent methods for treatment:
- Cognitive Processing Therapy – teaches you how to evaluate and process upsetting thoughts that relate to the trauma
- Eye-Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing – clients use bilateral eye movements to help the person process unresolved memories from trauma
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy – a form of treatment that involves recalling a traumatic memory and engaging in it rather than avoiding it
These treatments can lend you a variety of benefits, including: reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, challenging yourself to reconnect with life, increasing your awareness of inner strengths, regaining your quality of life, make meaning with what happened and how this has affected yourself and family, reduce symptoms of PTSD, and more. Many people who have experienced sexual abuse may also rely on substance abuse to cope with their feelings. By seeking treatment, you can potentially avoid these situations and obtain the support you need. In cases of sexual abuse, the sooner you seek help, the better.
If you have experienced sexual abuse, know that you are not alone, and that help is available. For immediate support and advice, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.