One of the most common causes of addiction is exposure to trauma. There are many types of experiences that can be considered traumatic including the following:
These experiences and many others like them are too intense for our emotions to process. The result is a sort of psychological shutdown, as the brain tries to protect itself from further harm. Trauma can cause physiological damage as well. Naturally produced chemicals in the brain become unbalanced and disrupt a person’s mental health.
One of the most common types of trauma is sexual assault. This kind of abuse cuts deep into the victim’s identity and sense of self. Men who are sexually assaulted are at a particularly high risk of developing substance abuse and addiction issues. The anxiety and shame they feel temporarily goes away when they drink alcohol or take drugs. Victims of rape often go through phases of self-doubt, self-blame and emotional insecurity. These negative emotions are relieved for a short time by substance abuse, but this relief doesn’t last.
Some of the most successful addiction recovery programs use an approach called Dual Diagnosis treatment to address both the obvious addiction issues and any underlying psychological issues that may be contributing to the addiction or complicating recovery. Victims of rape can find great help through this type of comprehensive, holistic treatment. Specialized treatment regiments are drawn up for each patient based on his or her unique needs. Some of the most commonly used and effective therapies include the following:
This work is done in a comfortable, restful environment where patients are able to focus all of their energy on getting well and are not distracted by the temptations of everyday life.
Put an end to the stress, anxiety, self-harm and fears that come from living with the aftereffects of a major traumatic experience like rape. Please call our toll-free helpline to speak with our recovery counselors about any questions or fears you have about the treatment of trauma, stress and addiction. The memories, habits and fears won’t just go away on their own. You’ll need the kind of help we are offering. The call is free and confidential, so you have nothing to lose. Call now.