Trauma and Addiction FAQs

What is Trauma?

Trauma is significant and/or persistent verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, either past or present, which may affect a person’s emotional well-being, self-esteem and ability to derive pleasure from life.

What is Addiction?

An addiction occurs when a person experiences loss of control of a harmful substance or harmful behaviors, when attempts to create moderation fail and when these behaviors have a detrimental effect on a person’s well-being.

Why Treat Addiction and Trauma Issues at the Same Time?

The emotional impact of past or present trauma often worsens in early recovery, as an individual is no longer using addictive substances to cope. The emotional pain, if not addressed, can become unendurable, leading to problems with chronic relapsing.

What Groups Are Offered in Treatment Programs and How Do They Help with Recovery?

Treatment programs may provide a variety of specialty groups, including the following:

  • Process groups which address trauma issues
  • Addiction groups, which provide education concerning the addiction illness and relapse triggers (using 12-step philosophy)
  • Coping skills groups to assist in the healthy management of emotions
  • Creative arts therapies to facilitate recognition and expression of feeling

Will I Need to Take Medication for My Symptoms?

Medications are prescribed when needed. This is determined on a case-by-case basis following a professional psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations. Medications may be necessary to treat the intrusive symptoms of trauma which often arise in early recovery.

Where Can I Find Help for Trauma and Addiction?

If you or a loved one is suffering from trauma and addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. We are available 24 hours a day to answers your questions and provide information and recovery resources. Please don’t wait to get the help you need, call now.

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