PTSD and Trauma

The correlation between trauma and substance addiction in women is being increasingly recognized. The large majority of women addicted to alcohol or drugs report some sort of significant violent traumatic incident in their past, usually in the form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or verbal abuse. And while the connection between trauma and addiction is high, women whose trauma has led to post-traumatic stress disorder are even more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to ease their pain.

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD can manifest in many ways. Typical symptoms include irritability, unresolved anger, anxiety, and flashbacks that cause the victim to relive the incident. Patients often seek to avoid reminders of the events, and alcohol and drugs are an extremely easy and accessible way to avoid the pain.

At Avery Lane, we recognize that any program that treats addiction in women without also addressing its relation to underlying trauma is insufficient. It would be the equivalent of treating symptoms without treating the disease. Our therapists use trauma-informed and specialized approaches to treatment that help our women work through the unresolved emotional issues that accompany trauma and PTSD, thereby increasing their chances of achieving long lasting recovery.

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Summer Lan Franco
MA, MFT-t, Primary Therapist

Summer Lan Franco loves working with people to facilitate recovery from substance use disorders, disordered eating, mental health issues and complex trauma. She earned her BS in Nutrition and Food Science from California State University Chico and MS in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. She has worked in community-based and private practice settings. Her approach is personable and sincere. Summer believes in helping people rediscover their true selves by uncovering barriers that stand in the way. Her warmth and earnest interest in others’ wellbeing are always present in the work she does with people seeking help. She has experience with trauma recovery, substance abuse recovery, codependency, family issues, disordered eating, treatment for anxiety and depression, and working with personality disorders.

Alaina Dunér
Office Manager, Sound Healing Group Facilitator, Reiki Master

Alaina Dunér is a Sonoma County native. She studied sociology and outdoor adventure programming for two years at Loyola University of New Orleans and Warren Wilson College. In 2016 Alaina was on a recreational skydive and had a crash landing that resulted in her fracturing multiple vertebrae in her spine. Since her accident, Alaina has emersed herself in understanding the nuances and complexities of health and spirituality. She is passionate about supporting clients through Reiki and Sound. Since taking a pause from university, Alaina has become a certified Reiki Master Teacher in the Tibetan Usui system, an Ayurvedic yoga instructor, a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a trauma informed sound facilitator. At the end of 2022 Alaina will attend Southern Utah University to complete her bachelor’s in aerospace and aviation with an emphasis on rotary flight.