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How Trauma and Addiction Are Linked

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Trauma and addiction often go hand-in-hand. Many people who suffer from addiction have also experienced some form of trauma in their lives. The link between these two issues is well-established, and understanding this connection can be helpful in recovery.

Prairie Recovery Center offers an addiction treatment program in a safe and supportive environment that can help you heal. We believe that healing from one can help lead to healing from the other. Call us at 844.979.4310 to get on the path to recovery today.

What Are Trauma and Addiction?

Trauma is a term that is used to describe a range of psychological, physical, and emotional responses to an event or situation that is perceived as life-threatening or harmful. Trauma can occur in individuals who have experienced a single event, such as a car accident or natural disaster, or in individuals who have experienced repeated or prolonged exposure to a traumatic event, such as abuse or combat.

Symptoms of trauma can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the event or situation. Some common symptoms of trauma include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Avoidance of people, places, or things that remind the individual of the event
  • Hypervigilance

Addiction, on the other hand, is a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and use despite negative consequences. Like trauma, addiction can also lead to a range of psychological and physical problems. Some of the common symptoms of addiction include:

  • Taking a drug in larger amounts or for a longer period of time than intended
  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop drug use
  • A great deal of time spent using the drug or recovering from its effects
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Declining performance at work, school, or home
  • Continued drug use despite social or relationship problems

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, it is crucial to seek help. There are many resources available to those who need them, and treatment can make a world of difference.

The Link Between Addiction and Trauma

There is a strong link between trauma and addiction. Many people who suffer from addiction have also experienced some form of trauma in their lives. This link is thought to be due to a number of factors, including:

  • A way to cope — Many people who have experienced trauma turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their pain. Substance abuse can help numb the emotions and memories associated with the traumatic event.
  • A way to feel in control — Trauma can often lead to feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. Using drugs or alcohol can help the individual feel like they are regaining some control over their life.
  • Self-medication — Many people who suffer from mental health disorders, such as PTSD, turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate. Substance abuse can help temporarily relieve the symptoms of the disorder, but it often makes the disorder worse in the long run.

Understanding the link between addiction and trauma can be helpful in recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, seek help from a qualified treatment provider like Prairie Recovery Center. Our addiction treatment program can help you heal the underlying trauma that may be contributing to your addiction.

Addiction and Trauma Therapy

At its core, trauma therapy is about helping people to understand and process their trauma so that they can begin to heal. This can be a difficult and painful process, but it is also an essential one. Without processing and resolving the trauma that lies at the root of their addiction, many people will find that their addiction will only continue to grow.

There are many different types of addiction and trauma therapies available. Still, some of the most common include cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and dialectical behavior therapy. These therapies can be used individually or in combination, depending on the needs of the individual.

This process can be difficult and painful, but it is also essential for those who want to overcome their addiction and build a healthy, happy life. At Prairie Recovery Center, we can help you heal the wounds of your past and get on the road to recovery.

Treatment at Prairie Recovery Center Is The Right Step to Healing

If you or someone you love is struggling with both trauma and addiction, treatment can help. At Prairie Recovery Center, we offer an integrative approach to treatment that addresses both issues.

Our goal is to help people identify and process their trauma so that they can begin to heal the wounds that it has caused. We also work with people on developing healthy coping skills and building positive relationships.

If you or someone you love is struggling, please reach out at 844.979.4310. We are here to support you on your journey to recovery.