The Connection Between Unresolved Trauma and Addiction

Treating addiction to drugs or alcohol involves uncovering the triggers that led to the downward spiral. In many cases, the primary trigger is unresolved trauma that can date back to even the earliest years of childhood.

At Insight Health & Wellness, the addiction treatment specialists have extensive experience in addressing both your addiction and its underlying causes. By pinpointing life experiences or mental health issues that contribute to your addiction, you can achieve long-term recovery success.

The influence of trauma on addiction

When you’re exposed to trauma in your life, especially in childhood, it influences and shapes your psychological development. Your brain responds to environmental stimuli and when you’re in a traumatic situation, it can actually alter the connections in your brain that control your thinking, behaviors, and function.

Just like your brain develops and changes as you learn to walk and talk, exposure to violence, emotional abuse, and other negative experiences can also cause changes in the function and structure of your brain.

Negative stimuli in your environment, especially in your youth, can lead to dysfunction in the brain that contributes to your vulnerability to addiction. People who experience traumatic events that affect them directly or indirectly and don’t receive treatment are at increased risk for self-medicating with drugs or alcohol and, in general, choosing unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Children are at higher risk for addiction later in life if a traumatic home life was also influenced by addiction. Watching parents or other adults in the household turn to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or other types of addiction to cope with unhealthy relationships or life circumstances can influence their own choices that lead to addiction.

Stigma of negative life experiences

Unfortunately, many people avoid seeking help for unresolved trauma due to the shame and stigma associated with abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events.

Trauma can have a long-lasting impact on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Negative events influence your perception of life and your self-confidence. Many people unknowingly use addictions to boost their self-esteem, only to find themselves in a downward spiral in all areas of their life.

All too often, the road to addiction is a vicious cycle. To break that cycle, you can find individualized solutions at Insight Health & Wellness.

Successful therapies can treat both trauma and addiction

The team at Insight Health & Wellness focuses on all aspects of addiction. Treatment plans often involve multiple types of talk therapy, including individual and group therapy, to identify the root cause of your addiction.

In addition to offering traditional addiction recovery services, the providers offer specialized care plans for those who need dual diagnosis treatment. This is especially important if your past trauma results in mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that also contribute to your addiction.

While you may feel like your personal trauma is your cross to bear, the reality is that help is available. You deserve every opportunity to overcome both your past and your addiction. The team at Insight Health & Wellness customizes care to your unique needs, traumatic experiences, and type of addiction, paving your way toward long-term recovery.

If you’re struggling due to past trauma or a current addiction, schedule a consultation at Insight Health & Wellness by phone or by using the online booking system today.

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