Questions? Call now! 410.853.7691

Trauma and Addiction: A Dangerous Combo

Trauma and Addiction - The Bergand Group

What is the relationship between trauma and addiction?  There is one, without question, as many studies have been undertaken regarding this topic and suggest “that approximately 50 percent of people with histories of addiction have experienced trauma.”  Each plays a big role in how the other develops and then affects the individual, considering that addiction is often born out of a traumatic experience, or that a traumatic experience can result from an addiction.

The Vicious Cycle of Trauma and Addiction

There is obviously an enormous spectrum of reasons that a person may find themselves in the throes of an addiction.  For many, it begins in an attempt of “escape,” to remove oneself from feelings of discomfort or other unpleasant (to say the least) feelings.  When drinking or substance use arises as a result of previous trauma, the addiction becomes a “coping method” or even an “emotional survival strategy.”

Trauma and addiction can both play the roles of cause and effect, sometimes for each other.  Relief can come to those who are struggling in the form of alcohol or drug use, providing a fleeting way out of the complications and stress of the individual’s day to day life.  “Using can take the form of self-medicating in response to intrusive memories, distressing thoughts, and painful emotions.”  Of course, “using” in a general, more sporadic sense can grow into a full-blown addiction if left unchecked, or if the initial incident was powerful enough to warrant such extensive use.

It isn’t difficult to see how trauma and addiction are related when the latter is considered “rapid relief” for most, if not all, undesirable emotions.  After experiencing the quick cover-up of those thoughts or feelings by using substances, which can calm them down and generate a sense of relaxation or even happiness, the person’s choice to turn to them is reinforced.  This is part of the enormous danger in the relationship between trauma and addiction; this “positive reinforcement” nudges the person from dealing with negative experiences in an unhealthy and harmful way.  It pushes them into the arms of alcohol and drug use which, if it grows out of hand, can then lead to its own sort of trauma in a worst-case scenario.

It’s a vicious cycle, one that can self-perpetuated and is always very serious.  “Research confirms that the more trauma you are exposed to, the more vulnerable you become to developing addiction.”  Alternatively, if a person is suffering from an addiction, they have a higher likelihood of engaging in behaviors that could result in any of a number of traumatic experiences.  Trauma and addiction together are a duo fraught with potential dangers, and with the way that they can rely on each other, it can be extremely difficult for a victim to extricate themselves from this kind of situation.

For more information about how to work through experiences with trauma and addiction, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”20px” background_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”single solid” sep_color=”#747474″ icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””/]

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Share This Post!

Related Posts

addiction treatment in bel air md | The Bergand Group

Navigating the Path to Recovery: Setting Boundaries with Family and Friends

Acknowledging the courage it takes to confront addiction head-on, individuals often find solace in knowing that they are not alone in their journey to recovery. ...
Read More →
heroin addiction in baltimore county | The Bergand Group

Recognizing Signs of Heroin Addiction

A battle rages against the grip of heroin addiction. Understanding the signs of heroin use is crucial in identifying those who may be struggling and ...
Read More →
detox programs in Baltimore County | The Bergand Group

Navigating Alcohol Cravings: Strategies for Success

Embarking on the path to recovery from alcohol addiction often involves confronting powerful cravings that can challenge one’s commitment to sobriety. In Baltimore County, detox ...
Read More →
Scroll to Top

Get Help Now!