TREATING TRAUMA: The Fundamental Problem

Trauma is at the core of addiction according to Dr. Gabor Maté. "Addiction is only a symptom, it's not the fundamental problem. The fundamental problem is trauma," This hypothesis is at the core of our program. Samadhi will employ some of the best Trauma specialists in New York State to address this underlying trauma. Trauma and trauma healing is a fundamentally subjective experience; there are so many variables at play that determine what kind of care a person may need to process their experience after an experience or series of experiences, first of which is their existing ability to cope. At Samadhi we will avoid the one-size-fits all mentality in treating wounded clients. That’s not the reality of how wounds heal. Our clinical staff will have training in specialized modalities for treating trauma like EMDR therapy, trauma-focused CBT, brain-spotting, Somatic Experiencing ®, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy ®, or hypnotherapy. Additionally, adjunctive care providers like body workers, energy workers, yoga therapists/trauma-informed yoga teachers, martial arts instructors, and a variety of other healing arts that help a person more deeply sense into and work with embodiment can be tremendously valuable. In an ideal context, collaboration can exist amongst the providers to create the most integrated experience possible for healing.

Along with MBAR, MBRP, DBT and Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, SAMADHI will offer a wide range of Holistic services to clients. This begins with a nutritional plan and advisor. Luis Mojica CHHC is a certified holistic healer, nutritionist and herbalist. Luis believes that mental and emotional health is directly related to our diets and lifestyle. Living as an active addict we have generally inflicted considerable harm to our livers and the entire Limbic system. Holistic Life Navigation is a unique and deeply effective form of holistic therapy that teaches you how to listen to yourself - your intuition, your body, and your needs. It's an all-encompassing form of healing that integrates the body with the mind. When your physical body is healthy and well, your mental clarity, confidence, and mood are much easier to transform. Our center will also offer specific acupuncture techniques proven to significantly reduce cravings in those suffering from addiction. We would have a special focus on a detox acupuncture known as Nada Protocol . We are working with Ben Fleisher, Lac, CZB (Acupuncturist and Zero Balancer) and owner of Woodstock Healing Arts and have set up an alliance and working collaboration. We have also set up a working alliance with Maverick Family Health and many therapist in private practice. Other treatments available would include EMDR, Focalizing (a somatic addiction recovery therapy) and Somatic Experiencing. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. Somatic experiencing offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. This being ‘Stuck” in fight or flight mode is a common condition within what is known as P.A.W.S (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome). Until now there has not been a successful treatment for PAWS. While these methods have been in use for some time, they are very new in the treatment of addiction. 

At SAMADHI mindfulness is incorporated into all activities that clients participate in. We will start each day with 1 or 2 periods of seated meditation. . Mindfulness can be a wonderful community building practice as well. We would continue to teach mindfulness techniques while clients are learning how to cook, how to garden, do carpentry,filmmaking, sweep the stairs etc. Clients will be given responsibilities but learn the joy of working and creating at the same time. As time passes, clients will have a choice of learning a new skill, art or trade that they can take with them.

Another aspect of this project is the research component. In the future we will have a resident research psychologist on staff to conduct studies of this treatment modality and in turn share this information with similar programs around the world. In this way we can all learn from each other in order to heal as many people suffering from these conditions as possible.