For years, doctors have looked for connections between childhood trauma and substance abuse. It is not uncommon for those dealing with mental health disorders to self medicate with drugs or alcohol. People dealing with depression or anxiety may abuse substances in an attempt to forget about their struggles. This is often the first steps to developing an addiction. After a while, they develop a dependence, which can evolve into a full blow addiction if left unchecked. If you or a loved one is struggling with and addiction, It is always the right time to get help.
How Childhood Trauma Affects Your Future
As children, a lot of people do not think about how certain situations will impact their growth and their future. Many people bury emotions they experience during traumatic events and never fully address how they are feeling. A traumatic event is considered to be a frightening, dangerous, or violent event that threatens the lives or well-being of the child or their loved one. These events can include:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Domestic violence
- Unexpected or violent death of a loved one
- Substance use disorder
- Serious injury or life-threatening illness
Many children who grew up in neglectful homes learn at an early age that they need to repress their feelings. While some people do outgrow those types of lessons, many do not. It can often take the work of a mental health expert who specializes in child trauma to truly overcome a traumatic childhood event. Trauma therapy programs offer ways for people to confront their past and build a better future. Some traumatic events can cause people to develop mental health disorders like depression or anxiety. Those who struggle with a mental health disorder are more likely to struggle with a substance abuse problem than others.
Mental Health and Addiction
Roughly 37% of individuals who abuse alcohol and 53% of drug abusers suffer from at least one mental illness. Addiction experts call this a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, occurs when a person is struggling with a mental health disorder alongside an addiction. Not addressing mental health disorders or addiction only causes more harm than good. Ignoring the issues will not heal them.
Luckily, addiction experts have developed treatment methods and programs to help fight addiction and help your disorder. Programs like Serenity House Detox’s dual diagnosis program help patients address their mental health and addiction all at once. Doing this can ensure that you get complete treatment. There is no need to pick a disorder to treat. We can help you with making a full recovery without having to leave the facility.
Rehab Centers that Treat Co-Occurring Disorders Can Help
Roughly fifty percent of American adults suffered trauma as children, and depending on the severity of the trauma and the availability of a support network, the effects can last well into adulthood. In fact, the emotional and mental consequences of trauma, such as depression and anxiety, can worsen over time without treatment. Rehab centers that target psychological, co-occurring disorders have the resources to help trauma victims address the root of their addiction.
Serenity House Detox offers dozens of therapy programs to help you or your loved one confront both an addiction and childhood trauma. Some of the programs that we offer include:
- Talk Therapy Program
- Yoga Therapy Program
- Art Therapy Program
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
You do not have to suffer in silence. Despite how alone you may feel, help is always available. If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome childhood trauma, therapy could be the answer. Call Serenity House Detox at 866.294.5306 to speak to a mental health professional today and get the help that you need.