The Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction

Traumatic events can shape how an individual views themselves or their world. They might indulge in drugs to manage traumatic events, which can lead to addiction. Drug abuse becomes the ideal option for them to numb their feelings or stress from scary memories.

At Healing Pines, we understand that addiction and trauma come hand-in-hand. At our trauma treatment centers, located deep in the beauty of Colorado, we employ a range of different therapies to help those in the recovery process.

How to Know if an Individual Suffers from Trauma or Addiction

Trauma refers to the emotional response following a profoundly upsetting incident. At the same time, addiction refers to a neuropsychological disorder prompting an individual to use drugs despite their adverse effects.

A person suffering from trauma or depression will exhibit the following symptoms:

A person can experience post-traumatic stress disorder, regardless of whether they underwent childhood trauma or incidents. People with post-traumatic stress frequently adopt unhealthy behaviors to cope with reality, trying to dull their emotions. They might be uncomfortable living around people and often retreat to secluded places. 

Addiction is typically a symptom of an underlying neuropsychological challenge (substance use disorder) and is frequently at the core of all trauma. Many people feel that their addiction to drugs or alcohol makes it easier for them to numb the pain. They may feel their substance use makes it easier to forget painful experiences. However, drugs often make it worse for them, making them dependent on the substance.

Most people who have experienced traumatic events resort to alcohol and other drugs as the first option. They may do this regardless of whether they have suffered minor or severe trauma.

Some people may experience a lack of sleep or frequently wake up in the middle of the night. They have irregular sleeping patterns because of traumatic memories. While others experience extreme nightmares, this makes them spend the night doing other things and get anxious at bedtime.

Individuals suffering from trauma can experience flashbacks that disrupt their normal daily activities. These disturbing pictures constantly replay, and many people link the images they see with terrible memories or experiences.

Both physical and emotional flashbacks can be upsetting since the person feels as if they are reliving the memories. That’s why flashbacks cause physical and emotional damage.

Someone who has survived a traumatic event or has extreme substance addiction can feel undesirable emotions or shame. Being betrayed by a person they trust can also lead to painful heartbreaks and feelings of low self-esteem.

After traumatic experiences, most people may experience a lack of value. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms include feeling unworthy, invaluable, or mentally unwell. Statistics show that loneliness and a sense of hopelessness can cause suicidal thoughts in people with PTSD.

Typical responses to trauma include physical pain, anguish, and depression. Unfortunately, family members may not take trauma seriously, thus subjecting these individuals to silent suffering. Most of them endure the suffering from trauma and addiction as they’re in denial or ashamed to admit their conditions. 

People with a history of trauma or drug abuse often experience panic attacks and anxiety. They might also exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Complaining about their physical health
  • Having trouble controlling their temper
  • Showing signs of depression
  • Having intrusive thoughts
  • Having difficulty expressing their feelings 

These people might sink further into substance abuse to enhance emotional management.

Chronic and repetitive trauma, including child abuse or domestic violence, mainly contributes to depression. Loss of safety and security can also lead to depression and anxiety, especially after an unexpected traumatic incident like a car accident or a natural disaster.

Contributions to Trauma and Addiction Recovery

Trauma and addiction are challenging to overcome, especially when alone. Substance addiction can lead to new habits, which are also difficult to break out of without assistance. Our specialized treatment program assists individuals in getting back on their feet and fighting trauma and addiction. Our clients will learn and adopt new behaviors in a safe, supportive environment.

Trauma and Addiction Recovery

We understand it’s challenging to express thoughts, feelings, and emotions associated with traumatic events, even during therapy. Our Colorado center has an approach that is customized to make it easier for our patients to express themselves.

When people arrive at Healing Pines Recovery, patients will go through a boutique-style recovery center with an individualized experience. Our program cares for people seeking treatment for the first time and those who have tried but failed to get help from other centers.

We aim to help them develop recovery goals and engage in healthy activities. The program is designed to keep them busy, enhance their recovery, and eliminate negative thoughts. Individuals can engage in mountain bike riding, walking, basketball, and disc golfing. Our center also creates an ideal personalized setting for trauma and addiction recovery.

Healing Trauma and Addiction

Our professionals engage with individuals through Evidence-Based Therapies (EBT) and Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) options. If an individual has a history of trauma, we take them through EBT options such as Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). This is to help people with trauma balance facts and emotions. We also give them Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to influence their addiction problems through behavioral steering change.

For individuals experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms, we offer them the MAT option. In this option, we focus on quality recovery. We also provide medications backed up by intense research and FDA approval. Some medicines we utilize help our patients fight against opioids, alcohol, and antidepressants.

What To Expect

We have a team of psychiatrists who’re not affiliated with any providers. These professionals are on standby and waiting to respond to raising matters and help individuals with health complications. They’re available to see anyone 24 hours a day for emergency assistance.

This contributes to the development of a continuous recovery environment. We also have transport services to help individuals quickly navigate home to the hospital. Overall, individuals should expect a certified psychiatrist to conduct their psychiatric treatments.

Don’t let trauma and addiction control loved ones. Seek services that help in recovery and give complementary mental health therapies. 

Visit Healing Pines Recovery today to learn how we can help you accelerate your recovery process.