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