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How Trauma Plays a Role in Substance Addiction

How Trauma Can Lead to Addiction

Regardless of age, background, or lifestyle—trauma can affect anyone. While many people turn toward healthier coping mechanisms, others turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to numb their emotions. When trauma goes unchecked, self-medicating can lead to the development of addiction issues.

Types of Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to a negative life event that can have a long-term psychological effect on a person. Some of the most common types of trauma include:

  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Parental neglect
  • Natural disasters
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Terminal illness diagnosis
  • Accidents like car accidents or fires

Some of the effects of trauma include:

  • Emotional instability
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Flashbacks
  • Shock
  • Strained relationships
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems

It is important to note that psychological trauma has no exception in terms of age, gender, or race. However, some factors have proven to mitigate its effect on a person.

Reasons People Turn to Substance Abuse

When it comes to dealing with trauma, many people don’t have effective means of dealing with the distressing thoughts and emotions that follow. When you don’t know how to deal with your emotions in a healthy way, using mind-altering substances can be used to temporarily numb these unwanted feelings.

Unfortunately, as you continue to abuse and misuse drugs and alcohol, it can lead to full-blown addiction.

Overcoming Traumatic Experiences and Addiction

At Decision Point Center, we understand that while trauma may be part of your past, it doesn’t need to define your future. Our treatment programs provide care in a trauma-informed manner and promote healthy and holistic outcomes for each patient.

We take a personalized approach to your treatment and will work with you to design an individualized plan to meet your needs. Let us be the first step in your journey toward long-term recovery.

Contact us today to speak with our team about our trauma-informed treatment program in Arizona.