Addiction can both cause and be caused by traumatic events. Trauma-informed care is a more informed method of addiction treatment designed to address the consequences of trauma and addiction. This treatment is not meant to address the traumatic experience itself, but the way the experience impacts life and addiction.
Trauma can impact a person’s life physically, mentally, behaviorally, socially, and spiritually. Addressing the core of the trauma is important, but it is just as crucial that the person takes stock of how it has affected their life and what they can do to recover. The Silver Ridge trauma-informed care program educates clients on the impact of unresolved trauma so that they can understand how it affects an addiction.
The Relationship between Trauma & Addiction
It is not unusual for a person to develop an addiction after experiencing a trauma. Substance abuse is often seen as an escape from life and its problems, but in reality, it is only causing more problems that lead to further traumatic events. This can create an unfortunate cycle where a person tries to forget a trauma through substance abuse, thereby resulting in more traumatic events that they attempt to forget with further substance abuse.
Many addictions begin after experiencing a traumatic event, such as:
- Living through a natural disaster
- Sexual abuse
- Suffering a serious injury
- Losing a loved one
- Witnessing a terrible accident
- Witnessing an act of violence
Trying to cope with these events through an addiction, whether its alcohol, drugs, or even food or sex, only results in more self-destructive behavior. Trauma can lead to addiction, and addiction can lead to trauma. It is important to address the addiction before it causes more problems.