This can occur whether the trauma is from childhood abuse, combat experiences, or other sources. This may drive people to seek solace in drugs or alcohol.
Breaking the Cycle of Substance Misuse
In this article, we will explore the complex interplay between substance abuse and trauma. We will also explore the factors that can increase the risk of developing an addiction following a traumatic event and strategies for overcoming addiction and reclaiming a life of health and happiness.
What Is Trauma?
Potential Causes of Trauma
- Natural disasters
- Serious accidents
- Physical or sexual assault
- Domestic violence
- War or other forms of violence
- Sudden loss of a loved one
- Ongoing stressors, such as poverty or discrimination
Effects of Trauma
Trauma Looks Different for Everyone
- The severity of the trauma
- The age of the affected person
- The developmental stage at the time of the trauma
- Presence or absence of a support system
The Complexity of Trauma
What Are The Risk Factors Of Trauma?
There are several risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of experiencing trauma. These factors may also increase the risk of developing substance abuse due to the trauma.
- Individual risk factors
- Familial risk factors
- Social risk factors
- Cultural risk factors
Individual Risk Factors
- Previous exposure to trauma
Examples of Individual Risk Factors
Familial Risk Factors
Social Risk Factors
- Exposure to violence or crime in one’s community
Cultural Risk Factors
- Cultural norms around substance use
- Gender roles
- Beliefs about mental health.
Effect of Adolescent Trauma on Adult Wellness
Increased Mental Illness Risk
Physical Health Issues
Summary of the Effects of Adolescent Trauma
The Link Between Substance Abuse and Trauma
Substance Use as a Coping Mechanism
Alteration of Brain Function Due to Trauma
Social and Environmental Factors Associated with Trauma
Why Is Substance Use an Unhealthy Coping Mechanism?
Leads to the Development of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Individuals who engage in substance abuse may struggle to maintain healthy relationships with loved ones. They may also experience difficulties at work or in school.
Treatment Opportunities For Substance Abuse and Trauma
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
MAT involves using medication to help individuals manage withdrawal symptoms. It is also used to reduce the risk of relapse.
This includes support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). They can be effective in helping individuals maintain sobriety.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis treatment is a treatment approach that addresses both substance abuse and mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
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- Evidenced-based treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and medication-assisted therapy
- Teams of licensed and experienced mental health specialists
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- Individualized treatment plans
- Treatment for several different mental illness conditions and substance use disorders
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