Can Trauma Negatively Impact Addiction Recovery?

Can Trauma Negatively Impact Addiction Recovery?

Whether we like to admit it or not, the reality is that about 70% of Americans experience trauma at least once in their lives, with more than 13 million Americans estimated to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at any given time. Whether from a natural disaster or a tragic human event, trauma affects everyone. Some find that the effects of trauma emerge in their relationships with others and the way they think about themselves or the world, while others attempt to suppress the effects that trauma has had on them, in hopes they can simply move past it. If not dealt with in a healthy way, trauma can have very negative effects on not only your recovery journey, but your life.

Some people believe that treating the trauma itself will “cure” or “heal” their addiction, only to find that their body has become dependent on a substance and therefore needs further treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) expressed the importance of trauma-informed care when it comes to addiction recovery, primarily because of the many ways trauma can affect a person’s mind, body and spirit:

·    Flashbacks can make it difficult to live in the present moment

·    Paranoid can cause difficulty sleeping at night

·    A person may feel more easily triggered, which places them at a greater risk for relapse

·    Depression and anxiety can feel debilitating and can further perpetuate isolation

·    And more

If you’ve struggled with trauma in your life, be sure to address this as part of your recovery. Holistic recovery is about addressing the many areas of your life that have influenced your live hood – and trauma is certainly one of them. By working one-on-one with a therapist and receiving personalized treatment, you can begin combatting some of the symptoms that have previously held you back with healthy coping strategies and a support system right by your side.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.