A person’s past can create turmoil and disruption in daily life for many years, sometimes a lifetime. In some situations, trauma and addiction go hand-in-hand. When trauma becomes too hard to manage, and the symptoms infiltrate daily life, many turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to stop thinking and feeling. That only worsens the outcome. For those looking for support, including for sexual abuse and trauma therapy, our dedicated team at Addiction Rehab Centers is readily available to help.
Understanding the Connection Between Trauma and Addiction
Trauma occurs when the brain cannot process a difficult event properly. That experience, no matter what it is, isn’t understood and, as such, the brain cannot move past it. For some people, this may be due to sexual trauma, physical abuse, watching a loved one die, or dealing with emotional abuse. No matter what’s occurred, that event, experience, thought, or image continues to remain present, sometimes playing back throughout the day.
When this happens, a person may feel unable to control it so much to seek out other solutions. That includes drugs or alcohol. These substances don’t make the past pain go away. What they do is help to reduce the anxiety or the memory for a short time. Soon, a person needs to use more and more of those substances to continue to get relief. It doesn’t take long before these substances are no longer helping.
Do You Need Trauma Therapy?
Not everyone recognizes their past trauma and what that experience means to them in the long term. You may need addiction and trauma therapy if you have some of these warning signs:
- You think about a past event often, even when you don’t want to do so.
- Alcohol helps you to stop thinking. It helps to calm your mind.
- There are people, places, sounds, or other experiences that bother you. You may not be sure why.
- Drugs help to give you a break from remembering your past trauma or earlier life.
- Using drugs and alcohol is important to you as a way to self-medicate.
- You want to stop using drugs or alcohol, but you cannot do so.
- It’s necessary to use more of these substances to get any relief.
In these situations, seeking out help through addiction treatment programs is critical. It may save your life by allowing you to move beyond the pain you feel.
How Addiction Treatment Programs Can Alter Your Future
A person that needs trauma therapy and does not receive it isn’t going to get better. It may get much worse. Treatment can improve outcomes, including creating a better future for you. Some of the therapy programs we offer that may help include:
- Experiential therapy programs
- SMART recovery program
- Biofeedback therapy program
- Holistic therapy program
- Sexual abuse and trauma therapy program
When you embrace treatment, you’ll learn how to break the connection to the past and the pain you feel in today’s world. There’s no way to change what happened or how it hurt you. What you can do is move beyond it with the right resources and tools to enable full healing. This allows you to remain in charge of your future and your health. It also enables you to stop relying on substances to help you feel value or stop the memories.
Make the Decision to Get Help: Call Addiction Rehab Centers
Trauma and addiction devastate lives. Recognizing this allows you to take the first step towards recovery. Our team at Addiction Rehab Centers offers the tools and resources to help you overcome the challenges you’ve faced in the path using modern, innovative therapies. To learn more, call 844.910.0686.