The link between trauma and addiction has become increasingly evident in recent years. Traumatic events might occur at home, school, work, or war zones. No matter where they take place, they can have a devastating impact on physical and mental health. Our trauma and addiction treatment in New Jersey combines evidence-based therapies and specialized care to address the complex interplay between trauma and addiction.
Trauma isn’t just everpresent, it’s something that’s sometimes rooted in past events and people who didn’t learn healthy coping mechanisms are particularly at risk of developing trauma-induced substance abuse problems.
If you’re one of the many people affected by the link between trauma and addiction, understanding and contending with your traumatic experience is an essential part of the recovery process. Treatment that addresses the traumatic event can help resolve the emotional dysregulation that occurs when someone experiences physical abuse, emotional abuse or adult or childhood sexual abuse.
Many people who struggle with the effects of childhood trauma also develop mental health disorders. For example, it’s common to see a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with substance use disorder. Recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction requires attention to the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).