The correlation between addiction and trauma is complex. Trauma can lead to addiction to help deal with the psychological distress caused by a traumatic experience. Additionally, trauma can lead to the use of drugs and alcohol to cope with or escape traumatic experiences or thoughts. Conversely, people with substance use disorders are at an increased risk for experiencing traumatic events such as sexual, physical, or psychological abuse.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can develop following a traumatic experience. It can cause individuals to experience intense fear, flashbacks, nightmares, and other intrusive thoughts and feelings associated with the trauma. Complex PTSD, or Developmental Trauma, is a form of trauma that develops over an extended period of time instead of in a single event. This type of trauma is commonly experienced in situations of prolonged physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, or severe disruption in caregiving. Those experiencing Complex PTSD often present with difficulties regulating emotions, poor self-image, extreme sensitivity to criticism, and difficulty forming intimate relationships due to persistent negative beliefs about themselves and the world.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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The connection between trauma and addiction isn’t simply limited to substance abuse. It is also believed that trauma can lead to gambling and/or sex addiction, as well as eating disorders. This may be because individuals seek to alter their feelings and emotions through addictive behavior, in order to cope with the trauma experienced.
It is important to recognize the correlation between addiction and trauma so that those suffering from either can get the help they need to cope with both. Appropriate mental health treatment, as well as substance abuse treatment, can help individuals heal from their trauma and move towards a healthier, addiction-free lifestyle.