How is it possible to recover from an abusive past?

 One of the terrible legacies of being abused is that the effects of abuse can be hard to shake – even years later. Abuse recovery can sound like a fantasy to abuse survivors.  It is possible to recover from abuse and leave your trauma behind.

All forms of abuse are damaging and can leave a lifetime of visible and invisible scars behind.

signs that you have been abused include

  • flashbacks
  • insomnia
  • chronic or recurring anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • depression – mild to severe
  • fear of relationships
  • confusion in relationships
  • walking on eggshells – even in safe situations
  • a heightened sense of danger
  • sexual promiscuity
  • avoidance of sexual relationships
  • chronic feelings of shame and self-blame
  • feeling that you’re never good enough
  • feeling that being “damaged goods”
  • self-blame and self-hatred
  • self-harm or self-destructive activities
  • suicidal ideation or attempts
  • substance abuse or addiction
  • recurrent unexplained physical symptoms – such as muscle aches or fatigue

Abuse can happen to anyone – children, adults and the elderly.   And most often, abuse occurs within families or other close relationships and falls into one of the following categories:

  • emotional abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • severe neglect

Abusers are weak individuals who use power to manipulate and control others. The are brilliant manipulators and will often leave their victims confused and wracked with guilt and self-blame. Let’s be clear: abuse is not your fault. It is the fault of the person who abused you. Period. No exceptions.

You deserve to live a healthy, happy life free of the effects of abuse. If you are recovering from abuse and are ready to seek help, LifeWorks offers a number of options, including talk therapy and the alternative therapies of EMDR, yoga therapy and equine therapy.

It is possible to recover from abuse and leave your trauma behind. Give us a call and start your recovery today!

Resources

Prevent Abuse Now
Child Sexual Abuse
Survivors and Friends

The Body Remembers: the Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment by Babette Rothschild