Rape affects people of all backgrounds, ages and genders. Rape is a traumatic experience and many rape survivors suffer long-term consequences. Sometimes, substance use can become a way to self-medicate painful feelings, or compulsive behaviors may serve as a way to gain a sense of control over life. If you have been raped and currently struggle with an addiction, there are specialized programs that can help you regain control of your life.
Due to how traumatic rape is, long-term consequences can devastate survivors. Some of the side effects of rape include the following symptoms:
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic experience. People with PTSD often experience the following problems:
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a new type of treatment designed to help people who have suffered from traumatic experiences. EMDR is a safe and easy counseling method that allows you to talk about your situation in a calm and relaxed way. EMDR is different from other therapies because it usually works faster, is less traumatic and shows proven results in as little as a few weeks.
EMDR is a wonderful option if you are struggling to discuss your experience, because it helps each person work at a comfortable pace to heal the emotional wounds that caused addiction. EMDR allows you to be in control of your counseling experience while helping you let go of trauma and past experiences in comfort.
Would you like to learn more about addiction counseling for rape survivors? Please call us today at our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to find out how we can help you. Ask how your treatment can be covered under insurance, and remember all of our calls are free to you and are completely confidential. Find out how one of our experienced counselors can help you today.