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A vast body of new and old research points to a strong correlation between trauma and substance use disorders (the current terminology used to describe addiction). According to data from the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted in 2018, nearly 21 million Americans struggled with a substance use disorder in the last year. Unfortunately, addiction is a struggle that is not restricted by age, and some of those individuals were as young as age twelve. It is also estimated that between 50 and 70% of those individuals struggle with a co-occurring mental health condition rooted in trauma. If you are suffering from substance abuse related to mental health, addiction and trauma treatment options are available to you.

Are Addiction and Trauma Related?

The relationship between addiction and trauma is often circular. Someone who is the victim of trauma, whether current or past, will often turn to substances such as drugs or alcohol to reduce the intensity and severity of the emotional symptoms that persist well after the traumatic event is over. Conversely, people who struggle with substance use disorders are more likely to experience trauma related to alcohol or drug use. Unfortunately, this puts people who struggle with a co-occurring trauma-related disorder and addiction in the perpetual circle of physical and psychological pain. Without treatment, this complex and unfortunate relationship between addiction and trauma may seem difficult, if not impossible, to overcome.

When many people hear the word trauma, they think of individuals who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Typically, thoughts of PTSD go to individuals such as firefighters, soldiers returning from war, police officers, and other individuals whose day-to-day work put them at risk of experiencing death, loss, and various other traumas. However, trauma can impact anyone at any time. Many people who struggle with PTSD have survived abusive or violent experiences. Others have survived accidents, illnesses, or disaster-related events. Women (and many men) who are exposed to trauma are at an increased risk of alcohol and drug use disorders. 

PTSD and substance use disorders frequently go hand in hand. Some studies suggest that as many as 50% of individuals with PTSD meet the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, the emotional and psychological toll of chronic trauma and ongoing substance use disorders are not easily managed without seeking support and guidance at an addiction treatment center specializing in dual diagnosis therapy. 

The Importance of Seeking Addiction and Trauma Treatment

The safest and most effective way to address trauma and addiction is to seek a program like Aspire Treatment, where mental health and medical providers are skilled in addressing the unique needs of dual diagnosis (co-occurring disorder) conditions. For many years, it was believed that addiction and mental health must be treated separately as part of different treatment programs. Unfortunately, this led to a significant rate of relapse as the roots of both conditions are significantly intertwined, and treating one without addressing the needs of the other leaves the individual still struggling with overwhelming and painful symptoms.

As part of a dual diagnosis treatment program, trained medical and mental health providers will provide support and guidance as you detox from substances and work towards health and wellness. A combination of group, individual, and possibly family therapy sessions will help you learn more about your addiction and trauma. Using trauma-focused, evidence-based therapy, your treatment team at Aspire Treatment will help you learn safer and healthier ways to manage trauma and triggers without turning to drugs or alcohol.
It is vital to choose a program where providers can help you address and manage the symptoms of addiction and co-occurring trauma disorders simultaneously. Research has proven that addressing one condition without the other often leads to relapse and increased risk for significant medical and emotional emergencies related to relapse. If you struggle with trauma and addiction, contact us at Aspire Treatment today. Let us help you get well and begin a journey to recovery and lasting sobriety.