Past pain can impact the present when not addressed

Trauma Explained

The term “trauma” seems so serious and harsh. “That couldn’t possibly apply to me!” Or could it? Trauma can stem from a single event or a series of traumatic events that are repeated over a period of time, causing individuals to suffer overwhelming painful, frightening, or loathing emotions. It can come from childhood interactions, adult relationships, a physical event, or emotional or psychological abuse. Whatever the source, we know that when not dealt with, trauma related from the past can have devastating effects on the here and now.


Most of us have experienced a type of trauma in our lifetime. For some, it takes the form of bullying. For others, it’s physical abuse or sexual abuse that can have a lasting negative impact. Abandonment, whether from an addicted, emotionally absent, or disapproving parent or partner, can leave lasting emotional scars. Loss is another common source of trauma, whether from the death of a loved one, or a divorce, or other loss, it can result in devastating grief. Even something as seemingly positive as adoption can cause emotional issues as some adoptees struggle with identity issues, feelings of abandonment, or questions of self-worth. Whatever the source, the results are similar.

Trauma Sufferers Often Struggle With:

Relationships  |  Emotional Challenges  |  Low Self-Esteem  |  Addiction

Types of Trauma We Address

Gentle Path at The Meadows treatment program is designed to treat and work with complex issues related to a wide range of trauma.
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Change Your Story

Gentle Path is a safe, nurturing community composed of peers where your journey of recovery will include not just dealing with outward behaviors but examining the underlying causes. The goal is to gain the courage to face difficult issues (including grief and loss), heal from emotional trauma, and become accountable for your feelings, behaviors, and recovery.


Taking that first step is hard, but there’s a new life of health and hope just waiting for you. The next chapter of your life can begin now, but only you can change your story.

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