Mental health is a topic that is gaining more awareness by the day, and rightly so. We all know someone who is struggling with addiction, but do we ever stop and wonder what caused it? Trauma is a common factor that contributes to substance use. Let’s explore the connection between trauma and substance use, and how seeking help and treatment can make a positive difference.
What Is Trauma?
Trauma is the emotional or psychological response to a distressing or disturbing event. It can be caused by various reasons such as war, abuse, natural disasters, neglect, or a life-threatening experience.
People who have experienced trauma may feel anxious, troubled, or agitated. They may struggle with a sense of security and have difficulty regulating their emotions.
Signs of Trauma
Trauma can present itself in various ways. You may find yourself constantly on edge or easily triggered, purposely avoiding certain triggers, or experiencing flashbacks or nightmares. You might feel numb or disconnected, or have difficulty trusting others.
If you find yourself identifying with these signs, don’t ignore them. It’s important to seek professional help to overcome trauma.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that affects your mind, body, and spirit. People who have experienced trauma may exhibit signs of depression. Depression can make you feel sad, hopeless, and irritable.
What are the signs and symptoms of depression? You may experience changes in appetite or sleep patterns, lose interest in activities you once enjoyed, and struggle to concentrate. Depression can have a severe impact on your life if left untreated.
The Connection Between Trauma and Substance Use
People who have experienced trauma may turn to substance use as a way to cope. They may use substances to numb their emotions, gain a sense of control, or suppress thoughts about the traumatic event.
Substance use may provide temporary relief but can result in a cycle of addiction, making it harder to overcome trauma. Seeking professional help and treatment is essential to overcome both trauma and addiction.
How Trauma Therapy and Addiction Recovery Are Related
Trauma therapy and addiction recovery are intertwined, as both address issues with emotional regulation. Trauma therapy involves exploring and working through past traumatic experiences with a trained therapist.
Addiction recovery also involves addressing emotional triggers and developing healthy coping mechanisms. The two approaches complement each other and can help to achieve lasting recovery.
What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Dual diagnosis is when a person has both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. Dual diagnosis treatment involves addressing both conditions simultaneously. This approach can help to identify underlying issues, overcome triggers for addiction and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
What Therapies Are Used in Dual Diagnosis Treatment?
Various therapies are used in dual diagnosis treatments, including:
- Cognitive-behavior therapy: Helps to challenge negative thought patterns, such as self-blame, and replace them with healthier ones.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy: Helps to create a balance between accepting what is out of our control and taking responsibility for our lives.
- Family therapy: Helps to strengthen relationships, improve communication, and support recovery.
- Group therapy: Provides a safe space for individuals to share their experiences with others and receive support.
- Medication management: Helps to manage symptoms and reduce cravings.
We cater each of those approaches to the individual and their specific needs.
Get the Help You Need Today From Crestview Recovery
Now that you know the connection between trauma and addiction, it’s essential to seek help. At Crestview Recovery, we provide personalized dual diagnosis treatment to help our clients overcome trauma and addiction. Our experienced staff and evidence-based therapy methods can help you achieve lasting recovery. Don’t wait to take back control of your life.
Trauma and substance use are both severe issues that need to be addressed to achieve lasting recovery. By seeking professional help and treatment, you can overcome both conditions simultaneously. Don’t let these issues hold you back. Seek the help you need from Crestview Recovery today by calling 866.262.0531.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.