Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Therapy

The Source Provides Compassionate Treatment Combined with Modern Therapies

In recent years, The Source Addiction Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has become known for its compassion in addiction treatment and healing.  Their ability to be effective comes from a combination of traditional recovery techniques combined with modern therapies proven to effectively diagnose and treat the underlying causes of addiction, such as trauma and PTSD. One of the fastest and most up-to-date treatments is Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) therapy.

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) therapy is a one-on-one therapeutic technique proven to treat addiction effectively. Trained facilitators perform the method in a decidedly structured routine. TIR is a rapid form of treatment as it may take significantly less time to be therapeutic as some traditional methods. Weekly sessions are typically 60-90 minutes in length. The required number of sessions is determined by each individual and their specific needs and progress.

Dr. Frank A. Gerbode of California developed Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) therapy in the mid-1980s as a nonjudgmental and non-confrontational method of easing stress from events that have caused physical and or emotional pain. He defines the treatment as “a person-centered desensitization method for helping people face traumatic events in their past that negatively impact their current lives and learn how to move forward positively.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that TIR therapy may be useful in the treatment of addiction by relieving or eliminating the underlying symptoms of:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

How Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Therapy Works

  • A TIR session begins with an assessment to evaluate the specifics of what will be achieved during the session. The person receiving treatment identifies a specific incident or a thematic item needing work.
  • Post assessment, the session moves on to the viewing step. During this step, the person being treated will assess how particular events, emotions, and aspects of their lives impact others.
  • Next is the “viewing,” where the client will try to look at their life as if from the outside (like watching a movie) to understand how their feelings and actions interact, and how the trauma is related to them.
  • Clients learn how to recognize what triggers an adverse emotional reaction and devise alternative methods for coping with and managing them during a session.
  • The goal is to help the addicted person to be able to talk about the traumatic event or theme rationally and calmly without stress and anxiety by the end of the session.
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