Trauma is very deep and personal, often avoided through denial. Society sometimes creates an atmosphere of blaming and shaming victims of trauma. This adds another complicated layer of burden for someone already scarred by their situation. Seeking help for trauma can be difficult and may lead some to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Denial is also a factor in self-medicating as the affected person denies both their pain and the fact their trauma controls their alcohol or drug use. These factors place trauma victims at an increased risk for developing addictions.
The increased risk of developing an addiction can be avoided if one can effectively identify at-risk populations. The individual should seek some form of counseling or treatment. Early outreach helps these individuals address trauma, learn coping mechanisms to deal with their depression/anxiety and regain a sense of control over their emotions. The most important thing to understand is that people do not choose to suffer from addiction. It is an illness that can be developed as a reaction to pain and suffering.
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Pathways provides 28-day and extended care treatment programs for those with substance use disorders. In addition to engaging clients in the 12-Step process, the program also focuses on setting boundaries, developing coping skills and handling trauma. If you, or someone you know is in need of substance abuse treatment, contact Pathways for more information at 855-349-5988.