Traumatic events can lead to substance abuse as a way to escape emotional or physical pain. Treatment helps you work through past trauma and discover alternative ways to cope. Healing from past trauma helps to set the foundation for a balanced, confident, and rejuvenated lifestyle.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Trauma means experiencing, witnessing, or being threatened with an event or events that involve actual serious injury, a threat to the physical integrity of one’s self or others, or possible death. The responses to these events include intense fear, helplessness, or horror.”

People who experienced past trauma turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. The US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of health states, “Exposure to traumatic experiences, especially those occurring in childhood, has been linked to substance use disorders (SUDs), including abuse and dependence.”

Childhood trauma can put a person at risk of developing an addiction or addictive behavior. Childhood trauma can lead to deeper, more intense psychological trauma. When a child goes through traumatic events without resolve, he or she experiences fear, helplessness, anxiety, and despair that carries over to adulthood.

Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; neglect; a violent environment; losing a parent or a serious illness can cause childhood trauma. Working through past trauma helps you understand why the addiction developed and reveals any mental health conditions that contributed to the addiction. When you identify the cause, you can learn more about yourself and get the right treatment for past trauma and addiction or addictive behavior.

Past trauma leads to depression, anxiety, and fear. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with distressing feelings from traumatic experiences. Using drugs or alcohol is harmful to your physical and mental health and can be fatal.

Trauma and addiction are treatable. If you or a loved one is battling with addiction, get help today. Do not live in fear from past trauma. Start treatment so you can feel balanced, confident, and rejuvenated in recovery.

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