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What Does Trauma Have to Do With Addiction?

For many women in recovery, trauma is something they have experienced. Whether this trauma stems from a single event or events throughout life, its effects can be powerful and confusing. In fact, many people who have experienced trauma have tried to find solace in drugs or alcohol, only to find themself exposed further to pain when they become addicted.

If you have experienced the pain of trauma in your life, it’s important to know that you are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 4 out of 5 women who abuse substances have experienced abuse, whether it is emotional, sexual, or physical.


Living with Trauma

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk on social media of the effects of trauma and how the pain can fester inside of you. Using drugs or alcohol can push that pain to the back of your mind temporarily, but the effects of trauma are usually carried with you, especially if you experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or anxiety in response to it.

Conditions like PTSD are far more common than previously known. People with this disorder often experience flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety attacks related to the trauma. People may use drugs and alcohol to numb these symptoms, but they will almost always return during sober periods.

Using drugs or alcohol won’t help you “get over” your past. Many people who use drugs find themselves in dangerous situations that can add to the trauma they have already experienced in life. You deserve to learn how to stop hurting yourself and start healing.


Getting Clean and Sober – Even With Trauma


When you decide to get clean and sober, it can be a scary time. Emotions may run rampant and you may worry you won’t have anyone to turn to. However, this is not the case when you attend treatment and detox.

Addiction professionals know how to help people with trauma, and if you experience symptoms of anxiety disorders or PTSD, you can be referred to professionals to help treat your mental health.

Detox is all about healing your body and releasing the toxins within it, but treatment and recovery will help you work on healing your spirit and mind.

Trauma is something that millions of people live with and it’s true you can have success in recovery even if there’s this type of pain in your past. There are many coping tools you can learn to help you in the future.


Getting Clean is the First Step

Getting clean is the first step to getting healthy and happy. It also may seem like the toughest step to take. But remember: you’re not alone. Your pain doesn’t have to continue.

Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you change your life and find healing in recovery. We can help you start your journey in a safe and caring environment, let you know about your options, and help you navigate insurance issues. Just give us a call at 1-800-970-8774.



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Stephen White - True Life Recovery

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