Substance abuse frequently goes hand-in-hand with past trauma. In fact, about half of people who suffer trauma eventually abuse drugs or alcohol. The same is also true of people suffering addiction, with about half of those having lived through traumatic events. So to fully recover from substance abuse and build a new life in sobriety, you need help from True Life Center’s trauma therapy program.
Outpatient Trauma Treatment Center
Traumatic experiences have the power to trap the mind, body, and spirit in survival mode. They threaten your physical and emotional well-being, as well as your capacity to engage with life properly. Trauma, like all mental health conditions, is stored in the body on a cellular level. Above all, it causes the nervous system to operate in a constant state of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal.
It’s important to understand that trauma is defined not by the event itself but by your individual experience of the event. Exposure to trauma significantly disrupts gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, immunological, reproductive, and neuroendocrine functioning. Furthermore, you may experience a broad range of effects. These can be mildly distressing or life disturbing, and include symptoms from irritability and insomnia, to lack of focus and poor digestion.
The definition of trauma varies from person to person, just as how it affects us varies individually. But one thing millions of people have in common is the effects of trauma, usually in the aftermath of natural disasters, childhood abuse, crime victimization, sexual abuse, military combat, or accidental injury. However, if you’ve experienced trauma, the symptoms of your experience can cause many problems in your daily life.
Some effects of trauma include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Fears and phobias
- High blood pressure
- Anger and aggression
- Nightmares and sleeplessness
- Mood swings
- Flashbacks and memory problems