Betrayal trauma can occur within a relationship when the actions of another violate the trust on which the relationship was built. The experience of profound and unexpected betrayal can be deeply traumatic. We understand you are going through one of the most difficult times of your life. Your trust and belief in the person closest to you has been shattered. To be deceived and manipulated by someone you love can leave a person feeling humiliated and deeply wounded. It is common to blame oneself and feel a tremendous amount of regret and shame. You are not alone, and healing is possible. 

Why is Sabino Recovery Trauma Treatment Right for You?

The trauma of betrayal causes lasting changes in the areas of the brain responsible for regulating emotion, thought, and memory. When your brain has been altered in this way, emotional regulation becomes challenging, regardless of when the trauma occurred.

Our brains however are resilient. Our treatment program at Sabino Recovery is designed to take advantage of neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in order to adapt and adjust to new situations, experiences, and environments. 

Betrayal trauma is a condition that parallels PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). You may experience depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, grief, and fear. You may also turn to alcohol and drugs, or other maladaptive coping mechanisms in order to cope. If you are in recovery from addiction, a betrayal can easily trigger relapse.

What are Betrayal Trauma Symptoms?

The trauma evoked by betrayal in a relationship can manifest in the following ways:

  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional volatility
  • Hypervigilance that can manifest in self-protective behaviors like doing “detective work” (checking bills, wallets, computer files, phone apps, browser histories, etc.)
  • Sleeplessness, nightmares, difficulty focusing
  • Obsessive and intrusive thoughts about the betrayal
  • Avoiding thinking about or discussing the betrayal
  • Isolation
  • Compulsive spending, eating, or exercise

The intimate nurturing environment at Sabino Recovery provides the safety and serenity those suffering from betrayal trauma need in order to feel validated and ultimately experience healing. To learn more about Sabino Recovery’s unique treatment program visit Our Approach.