Addiction Help for Victims of Trauma

Addiction help for victims of traumaAfter going through a traumatic experience people undergo a range of upsetting emotions and an underlying sense of fear. This can lead to a desire to find escape or relief through alcohol or drug use. Unfortunately, such self-medication will only make personal issues more difficult to manage.

Impacts of Trauma

Trauma has a tremendous impact on a person’s mind, body and spirit. It can contribute to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that is known to affect at least 4% of the American population. Common characteristics of post-trauma events include the following:

  • Upsetting emotions
  • Frightening memories, repeated dreams or flashbacks to the traumatic event
  • Sense of constant danger and avoiding the places and people that are associated with the event
  • Lack of interest in daily activities
  • Feel numb, disconnected or unable to express your moods
  • Inability to trust other people

A person may also experience specific physical symptoms should they encounter a reminder of the traumatic event. These physical symptoms may include the following:

  • Agitation or excitability
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Feeling your heart beat in your chest
  • Fever
  • Headache

Probably the greatest overall impact on a person’s life is the emotional and mental symptoms that often occur in victims of trauma. These symptoms include the following:

  • Inability to focus or difficulty concentrating
  • Exaggerated reactions to common events
  • Excessive awareness of your environment and always being on alert to danger
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty sleeping

Addiction Help for Victims of Trauma

After a traumatic event many people resort to using drugs or alcohol to relieve their symptoms. Regrettably, instead of providing assistance in dealing with trauma, drugs and alcohol typically exacerbate the problem by adding the side effects that are associated with the drug to the physical, emotional and mental damage that has already occurred. People can frequently cycle into the following pattern of trauma and drug use:

  • An individual consumes drugs or alcohol to relieve his or her trauma symptoms
  • An individual finds relief that is only drug-induced and temporary
  • An individual suffers through the consequences of drug or alcohol use
  • An individual completes this pattern to find he or she is back at the beginning with a set of trauma symptoms that have not been dealt with or resolved
  • The pattern begins again

The damage from drug and alcohol abuse after a traumatic event often has more of a negative impact than the original event.

Getting Started with Your Addiction and Trauma Recovery

The road that led you to this place in your life has been a tough one. Things happened that were out of your control and led to other behaviors that have been destructive and confusing. You are emotionally vulnerable, physically exhausted and living in fear and dismay. You need to break this cycle and create a new and healthy pattern of living.

Learn More about Addiction and Trauma Help

You don’t have to handle trauma and addiction alone, we are here to help. If you feel that you could benefit from addiction therapy but need more information to make your decision, call our toll-free helpline today.  We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about rehab options.

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