Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) is a type of psychotherapy that helps desensitize you to traumatic experiences that have painfully affected your life. This desensitization lessens or eliminates the negative impact of these disturbing life experiences. When you go through some type of physical or emotional trauma, you will either tackle it head-on or block the event from your conscious mind. Trying to repress trauma will result in experiencing continued negative effects in your life until you’re able to completely examine the negative experiences you’ve endured.
A trained counselor conducts approximately three one-on-one sessions, each lasting 60-90 minutes. The number of sessions necessary will depend on your individual needs as you delve into reviewing your past trauma in a safe environment, with no distractions or judgments. In this way, you enter a safe space where you can recall and engage with your past blocked experiences and examine the emotions and thinking patterns linked to them. Once you’ve confronted and faced your past trauma, the event is “over” and will stop affecting your present life.
Traumatic experiences are related to behavioral health issues, including substance use disorders. Addressing past trauma using TIR will help advance healing and recovery in addiction treatment. Resolving past trauma can assist you in discovering which experiences or emotions are at the root of your addiction disorder. You’ll learn how drugs or alcohol have been keeping negative emotions and trauma buried. TIR unblocks your memories so you’re free to learn more effective coping tools and regain your self-reliance, emotional health and strengthen your ability to manage stress and deal with triggers.