Trauma refers to experiences causing intense physical and psychological stress. It results from events or circumstances perceived as physically or emotionally harmful with lasting negative impacts on an individual’s functioning and well-being. Trauma is not just a mental disorder but can be a normal survival instinct response, becoming pathological if inhibited or untreated.

It varies in form, including acute trauma from a single event, chronic trauma from repeated exposure, complex trauma from multiple events and secondary trauma affecting those close to someone who has experienced trauma.

Symptoms can range from denial, anger, fear to depression and difficulty concentrating and can develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if persistent and severe. Factors influencing trauma’s impact include personal characteristics, mental health history and the nature of the traumatic event.

Traumatic experiences can vary widely and may include events like physical or sexual abuse, natural disasters, accidents or witnessing violence. These events can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, leading to feelings of fear, helplessness and powerlessness. Your response to trauma may differ depending on your individual resilience and support systems.

The addiction recovery community recognises the connection between trauma and addiction. Many people turn to substances as a way to numb the pain or escape their traumatic memories. However, substance abuse only masks the underlying trauma and perpetuates a cycle of addiction.

It is essential for addiction treatment to address underlying trauma. This involves creating a safe and supportive environment where you can explore and heal the wounds caused by traumatic experiences. Therapists and counsellors use various techniques, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) or trauma-focused therapy to help individuals process and make sense of their trauma.

Rehabs and addiction treatment centers provide specialised programs tailored to address trauma alongside addiction. These programs may include individual and group therapy, trauma-informed care, holistic approaches and mind-body practices like yoga or meditation. The aim is to empower you to regain control over your life and develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with past trauma.

It’s worth noting that trauma-informed care is a relatively recent development in the addiction recovery community. Recognising the prevalence and impact of trauma has reshaped the way professionals approach addiction treatment. By integrating trauma-informed practices into treatment plans, rehabs strive to provide compassionate care that considers the complexities of an individual’s trauma history.

    Addiction & Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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