Many people who suffer from substance addictions struggle with much more than just the physical ailments and consequences that come with their dependency and addiction. They also struggle mentally as well. In fact, many people suffering from addiction also struggle with mental health conditions. That mental health issue is what leads some people down the road to addiction. For others, their addictions have led to the development of their mental health conditions. For example, many people that suffer from trauma or PTSD start abusing substances to cope and thus, also develop substance addictions and vice versa. To overcome PTSD and an alcohol or drug addiction, one should look toward rapid trauma resolution, otherwise known as rapid resolution therapy (RRT). But what is rapid resolution therapy?
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What Is Rapid Resolution Therapy?
Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), or rapid trauma resolution, is a type of therapeutic treatment that heals trauma. Developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, RRT is designed to help individuals permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma with a fast and relatively painless approach.
Rapid resolution therapy often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions. It also helps individuals get their lives back on track practically effortlessly.
RRT combines hypnosis, guided imagery, stories, and multilevel communication to eliminate the challenging effects of trauma. By quickly getting to the root of the problem, negative and troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are quickly replaced with ones that are healthy and positive.
Rapid trauma resolution is beneficial for all types of trauma, whether it was a single incident or something that occurred repeatedly (e.g. ongoing sexual abuse). The trauma doesn’t have to be “huge” in order for rapid resolution therapy (RRT) to help.
What Kinds of Conditions Can Rapid Trauma Resolution Help Treat?
In addition to PTSD and the subsequent substance abuse disorder that might come with it, rapid trauma resolution can aid in helping to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions and traumas. Some of those conditions include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Eating disorders
- Chronic pain and other serious medical conditions
- Abuse and rape victims
These are just some of the conditions that RRT has been proven to be effective in treating. If you are unsure if rapid resolution therapy is right for you, talk to a treatment professional.
What Can I Expect?
Rapid trauma resolution is a short-term treatment. Most individuals require between 1 and 3 sessions for lasting results. The first sessions will typically last up to two hours. Subsequent sessions are usually shorter, lasting 50 minutes to an hour.
What Are the Important Components of Rapid Resolution Therapy?
There are several key elements of RRT that help to make it beneficial for clients who are striving to recover from trauma or dealing with other challenging issues. They include:
Picturing the Desired Outcome at the Beginning
During rapid trauma resolution, your therapist will instruct you to imagine how you want to change as a result of treatment. For example, if things were better, how would you be feeling? How would you think about things differently than you do now? How would you react to situations in your life differently?
Hypnotic techniques and strategies will be implemented to help you clearly create this picture in your mind. You’ll not only be able to see how you want things to be, but also feel it deep within.
Staying Emotionally Connected to the Present Moment
Many people struggle with worrying or thinking about the future or dwelling on the past. During rapid trauma resolution, one of the most important elements is to help you feel safe enough to stay right in the present moment. Once that occurs, your therapist will help you identify the negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that have been keeping you stuck. This will enable you to resolve and release them so they no longer cause distress.
Your therapist will work with you to reprocess or reorganize a traumatic event without having to essentially relive it all over again. As you stay in the present emotionally, you can describe specific aspects of the event from a detached perspective. This allows you to feel safe, rather than re-traumatized all over again by the therapy itself (which is not uncommon in other types of trauma recovery work). Staying present plays an important role in allowing you to finally break from the impact of the trauma.
Changing Perspective with Stories, Symbolic Imagery, and Metaphors
Your therapist will use stories and metaphors to help you look at yourself, the world, and the things you’ve experienced from a healthier and more affirming perspective. An example of a metaphor that symbolizes trauma recovery is that of a butterfly finally emerging from its chrysalis. Once released from the trappings of the cocoon (which is symbolic for the negative impact and “stuck” feelings following a trauma), it flies away, finally free at last. As you see yourself within these metaphors and stories, you are able to look at yourself in a more positive and self-affirming manner, thus making you feel resilient, strong, and free.
Shifting to Positive Emotions with Humor and Playfulness
The use of humor and playfulness during rapid trauma resolution serves several purposes. For starters, it helps you lower your defenses so you’re more open to the process. It also helps reduce negative emotions typically related to trauma, such as anger, shame, and fear, that you likely felt at the beginning of treatment.
This element of RRT will help you shift your initial emotional state from intense negative feelings to more positive ones. For example, if you’ve been struggling with a profound sense of sadness, playfulness and humor can help shift it to happiness and joy.
This aspect of treatment is especially refreshing for clients who have tried other types of therapy to deal with the impact of trauma such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
It’s not uncommon to leave those sessions feeling emotionally drained, not to mention keenly aware of your internal pain, as you work through the deeply painful aspects of trauma. That’s not to say other treatment approaches aren’t beneficial or effective – many of them are – but few clients would ever perceive them as enjoyable and even fun, which is not uncommon with Rapid Resolution Therapy.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Rapid Resolution Therapy?
As we have touched on above, Rapid Resolution Therapy has many benefits for those who are suffering from both PTSD and a variety of mental health conditions. Some of the benefits of RRT include:
- Fast recovery from the troubling impact of trauma, including traumatic experiences and memories that have been repressed
- Improvements in self-esteem
- Reduction in stress
- Eliminate self-destructive behaviors
- Loss of previously stubborn unwanted weight
- Overcome bad habits once and for all
- Increase in drive and motivation to get things done and reach goals
- A decrease in negative emotions, such as grief, sadness, fear, distrust, and anger
- Overcome debilitating and irrational fears (phobias)
- Reduction in physical pain
- Experience lasting change
- A strong sense that you are in control of your life
Want To Know More About Rapid Resolution Therapy?
Having to deal with the repercussions of experiencing a traumatic event can oftentimes be scary and can make many people feel alienated and alone. This can then lead to the development of a substance abuse issue as the person who is suffering might turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to forget and feel better, even if it’s just temporary. What starts off as a temporary relief though can turn into a long-term substance abuse and addiction issue.
At Florida Center for Recovery, we understand that certain traumas and mental health conditions, such as PTSD oftentimes lead to the development of a substance abuse issue. That’s why we offer not just addiction treatment, but treatment for the mental side of things too, including Rapid Resolution Therapy. If you or someone you know is currently dealing with a mental health issue and could benefit from rapid trauma resolution, contact us today. We want everyone that walks through our doors to leave and lead a happy, healthy, and sober life.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.