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The complex relationship between trauma and addiction

Uou may have noticed previously that those with mental health issues also have associated some addiction issues. You may be wondering which was first there? Addiction, which led to trauma and psychiatric disorders or the other way around? Lately, the debate turned into the latter theory’s favor. Most of those who experienced a traumatic event in their lives seem to find relief in various substances. Which, in the long run, leads to addiction. But let’s analyze the complex relationship between the two, below.

How does trauma lead to addiction?

The volume of evidence and documents that certify the complex relationship between trauma and addiction is astounding. In people of all ages, the trauma experienced, modifies the way in which the person relates to their lives and others, suffers undeniable changes. Also, it influences the way in which the person relates to substances and addiction. In most of the cases, out of desperation, the person seeks a way to escape the reality of the trauma they have been subjected to. This is when addiction emerges. We all know that alcohol and drugs are brain inhibitors that suppress the fear, anxiety and “numb” the person. In such cases, says Johnny Tabaie, we become increasingly vulnerable to developing addictions of all kinds. In 70% of the adolescents that are treated in rehab centers for drug abuse, there is a preexistent trauma. Neglecting the role that trauma plays in substance abuse is a dangerous reality of most of the rehab centers in the world.

A better, holistic approach is the solution

Although traditionally, drug rehab centers approach only one of the issues, namely addiction, it has been proven in multiple occasions by new therapy methods, traditionally, a person that gets themselves into a rehab facility, has only 20%-30% recovery chances. However, holistic, personalized approaches seem to have over 90% success rates. Personalized recovery therapies target first psychological disorder treatment, before attempting to treat addiction. Organically and holistically, addiction therapies will be introduced, as the mental state of the patient is slowly improving. In the proper environment, this will give those 90% recovery rates discussed above. Understanding the fact that trauma and addiction are, in most of the cases, so closely related may mean for so many addicts the change for a better life, a healthy living environment and a good mental health.

Common challenges of traditional therapies

And, to prove that traditional approaches that focus only on addiction don’t have the expected results, below we have a list of common challenges in these therapy solution’s case.
  • The lack of a proper infrastructure of effectively approaching both of the issues;
  • The lack of understanding of how these two issues relate to each other and are interconnected.
  • The lack of training resources.
However, if you face such challenges, you should search for a more holistic approach, for the best results. Although the vast majority of rehab centers don’s have similar approaches, certain ones exist, so make sure that you do your own research and make an informed decision.