Trauma impacts every minute layer of a person’s being. There is no part of a person that is left untouched by trauma. Unfortunately, those prone to addictions and mental health issues are at greater risk when plagued by trauma. Oftentimes, the individual impacted will tend to self-medicate in order to cope with the trauma they have experienced. Addiction is complex, and so is trauma. When combined, addiction and trauma can wreak havoc on the individual.
One way that addiction and trauma go together is through self-medication. If the trauma has occurred first, the individual may feel like they are unable to cope on their own with the lasting effects of the trauma they have experienced. This leads many impacted to turn to alcohol, drugs, and other addictive behaviors in order to cope.
It is not always self-medication, however. There is also another way that addiction and trauma go together. For many people who already are addicted to a substance or behavior, they may be putting themselves at a greater risk for experiencing a traumatic event. If they put themselves in harm’s way, they are more likely to experience a traumatic event than someone who is not addicted and putting themselves in harm’s way.
For those who have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there may be a genetic component that is in play. Genetics play a huge role and predisposition to addiction is real. Those who also have experienced life with parents or caregivers with an addiction are also more likely to develop an addiction of their own.
For those individuals dealing with both an addiction and trauma, recovery can be extremely hard. Recovery from addiction or trauma is hard enough, but dealing with both of these simultaneously can seem insurmountable. Luckily, there are places — like Pinnacle Recovery — who are trained and experienced in treating co-occurring disorders. For most people, treating trauma is the first step. Once the individual has made headway with their trauma recovery, recovery from the addiction is tackled. There are many beneficial programs for those dealing with addiction and trauma. Therapy is an important step for trauma recovery and 12-Step programs can also be helpful in dealing with addictions. It also helps to be around people who understand where you are coming from. This sense of community that is seen in group therapy and meetings can be extremely beneficial.
If you are suffering from an addiction and trauma, Pinnacle Recovery is the place for you. We are ready to help you take the first step in your recovery journey. Call us today at 1-866-301-0573. We cannot wait to hear from you!