In the United States, 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes. Exposure can happen in early childhood, adulthood, or anytime in between, and 90% of clients seeking behavioral health services have experienced trauma. Substance use disorders are no exception.
If you’ve experienced trauma, you are at risk of developing multiple mental health conditions, as well as unhealthy coping mechanisms. To deal with or forget what happened to you, you might turn to drugs and/or alcohol. Unaddressed trauma can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addiction, and many negative physical and mental health outcomes – and drug addiction can lead you to experience traumatic situations.
To truly treat drug and alcohol use disorders and dual diagnoses, you must deal with trauma in a safe and sensitive way.
At Decision Point Center, all our treatment programs provide care in a trauma-informed manner and promote healthy and holistic outcomes for each individual patient. Our inpatient program allows clients to heal from trauma in a safe, comfortable, and connected environment.
Contact us at (844) 292-5010 to learn more about how our Arizona alternative addiction treatment options can help you or your loved one overcome addiction or substance use disorder.
According to Psychology Today:
“Trauma is the experience of severe psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening event.”
Triggers for trauma include accidents, assaults and acts of violence; child abuse and neglect; domestic violence, active-duty military, rape and sexual abuse; and the death of a close friend or family member.
Survivors of these events can develop a litany of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and survivor’s guilt. According to a Wiley-Blackwell study, about 70% of people seeking treatment for substance use disorders also experience mental health symptoms related to trauma. Researchers at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) have also found a clear link between trauma and substance use disorders.
Psychological trauma can also produce several physical and emotional symptoms, such as:
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Insomnia and nightmares
- Flashbacks (reexperiencing the traumatic event)
- Confusion and difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue or agitation
- Feeling jumpy and afraid
- Muscle tension
- Aches and pains
- Guilt and shame
- Avoidance and self-isolation
- Intrusive thoughts and memories
- Anxiety and depression
- Thoughts of suicide
Because these symptoms are serious and occur in many different mental health conditions, you will need to be diagnosed by a medical professional. You will also need to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Our “you-based” programs at Decision Point Center can help.
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