Somatic experiencing or SE is a treatment technique designed to help patients resolve symptoms of chronic stress and trauma that may play a role in substance abuse and addiction. This body-oriented technique specifically addresses the instinctive “flight, fight or freeze” response initiated by the body in response to a single traumatic event or cumulative stress over time. SE assess where a patient might have become “stuck” in these responses and provides effective clinical tools to resolve those fixated physiological states.

Features of Somatic Experiencing

SE can be used to treat two different types of trauma:

Shock Trauma – trauma due to a single event or near-death experience

Developmental Trauma – trauma experienced at some point during childhood

Benefits of Somatic Experiencing

West Coast Recovery Centers offers SE when appropriate for our patients, because we believe it offers the following benefits:

  • Teaches patients how to be present in the “here and now”
  • Helps to release physical and emotional blockages due to trauma
  • Creates stability in the patient’s life and relationships
  • Addresses both emotional and physiological distress

While SE may not be the right treatment technique for every patient, it can be a life-changing experience for those struggling with previous trauma in their lives. To learn more about SE and how it can positive impact addiction treatment, contact West Coast Recovery Centers at 855-927-2687.

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