Of the many root causes of addiction, trauma has some of the most extreme mental health side effects. Luckily, trauma-specific treatment is available in addiction recovery. Whether the trauma stems from your childhood, teenager years or even from early adulthood, it has the capacity to affect how you use and abuse substances. By learning more about the types of trauma and how they are treated, you can become equipped with resources that lead to a path of healing. Regardless of your trauma history, there is hope and help out there.
When recovering from an addiction, the mind, body, and spirit are strongly affected in multifaceted ways. The chemical makeup of the drug forces individuals to be mentally and physically dependent on the destructive substance. Mentally, individuals may think that they need the drug to cope with everyday difficulties. Physically, the body becomes used to the effects of the drug. However, during the recovery process, the mind and body both need to recover in their respective ways. Each can recover at a different pace. Quick to Feel Improvement Often, the body may quickly feel incremental changes and “feel better” because it […]
S. was 14 when her doctor prescribed her painkillers for chronic migraines. At the time, she didn’t think much of it. As far as she as concerned, it was simply another prescription. The kids at school knew better. “They saw what I had, and said ‘you could get f***** up on those,’” she told Foundations Recovery Network in this interview about her journey. “They suggested I start taking two at a time. So I did.” S. loved the carefree feeling she got whenever she did. But it wasn’t until the birth of her first child that it began to represent […]
J. was 18 when she started drinking. “It was one of those cliche moments where everyone’s doing it, and I’m going to do it. It’s my birthday and I’m going to have a good night–all those excuses, you know?” After that, she said, “it was just easier to accept other things into my life,” she told Foundation Recovery Network. Marijuana and cigarettes followed, and before long, cocaine. Even then, however, J. had a line she refused to cross: She wouldn’t become her brother. “All of us saw my brother go through being an alcoholic and an addict with every substance. […]
When it comes to addiction, everyone has his or her preconceived notions. No matter what the experts and research have told us, it’s difficult to separate unbiased fact from personal experience. In the media, addicts are often portrayed as dangerous, untrustworthy criminals. Meanwhile, those of us who have loved ones suffering from addiction will create our own analysis after seeing their self-destructive behaviors. As difficult as it is to watch a person you love suffer from this terrible disease, it’s important to remember that it’s no easier to actually be an addict. Although addiction may seem to be a life […]