Repeated exposure to traumatic events, particularly early in life, can cause significant physiological dysregulation. Chronic fear, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, mood and behavioral issues are just some of the symptoms traumatized individuals may experience, often throughout their lifetimes. As with PTSD, Gray Matters has significant expertise working with Developmental Trauma, through the use of Neuroimaging, Neurofeedback, EMDR, and Psychotherapy.
Addiction / Substance Use Disorders
Individuals suffering from the debilitating symptoms of PTSD or Developmental Trauma often turn to alcohol or psychoactive substances for relief. While relief is often initially realized, these individuals typically develop tolerance to their drugs of choice. Increased consumption soon follows and becomes a problem of its own, compounding both the original dysregulation, and its symptoms. Often, when an individual stops or curtails the substance use, either in treatment or independently, the trauma symptoms quickly re-surface and propel the individual toward relapse. Chronic relapse is a significant obstacle to long-term recovery and return to normal functioning.
Gray Matters is uniquely positioned to address the psychological, behavioral, and symptomatic components of substance use disorder. Our staff is fully trained in traditional psycho-education and relapse prevention techniques, which, when coupled with psychotherapy, neurofeedback and/or EMDR, offers substance users the greatest chance of obtaining long-term recovery and mental health.