The Crushing Combination of Stress, Trauma, and Addiction
Unresolved trauma and severe stress can feel like an impossible obstacle when trying to recover from drug or alcohol addiction. But Palm Partners Recovery Center works with you to find a way to overcome through Trauma Resolution.
Trauma can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, including self-medicating through drugs or alcohol. Some people turn to substances as a means of escape. It can be the product of prolonged exposure to devastating circumstances, or the result of a single catastrophic moment. Some people who seek help with addiction even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
According to PTSD United
- 70% of adults (approximately 223.4 million people) in the US have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives.
- Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD.
- Approximately 44.7 million people today either have struggled or are struggling with PTSD
Many define a traumatic experience as any unusual or unexpected experience or event that occurs, such as:
- Recurring physical and/or emotional abuse
- Loss of a loved one
- Situations where a person has feared for their life or the life of another
- Simply living in a prolonged stressful environment
- Domestic violence
One important thing to remember is trauma is highly individualized, which means trauma resolution should be as well. A person who has experienced trauma can experience such reactions as:
- Intrusive recollections of the event
- Recurring nightmares
- Dissociative reactions
- Physical reactivity to related situation
When a person experiences trauma, deep parts of the mind continue to respond to it, even long after the experience has passed. Feelings of intense anxiety, depression and irritability can all be indications of a much deeper issue.
Palm Partners Recovery Center believes that drug and alcohol abuse can become another symptom of trying to cope with unresolved trauma. Our program offers opportunities to address these issues with different forms of therapy, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Debriefing (EMDR).
EMDR (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND DEBRIEFING)
EMDR is considered one of the most researched and effective techniques in resolving the effects of a traumatic experience. Clinicians use a non-invasive method of eye movements, hand taps, or sound to stimulate the natural information processing of the brain to relieve intrusive thoughts and overwhelming emotional states.
EMDR is commonly utilized to helping resolve trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to a traumatic or a distressing event. EMDR may also be used to address stress, anxiety or even cravings.
STRESS, TRAUMA, AND ADDICTION CAN BECOME A VICIOUS CYCLE
Trauma survivors often seek relief through drugs or alcohol. Palm Partners Recovery Center works with the individual to seek a resolution that will not only eliminate self-destructive behaviors, but will also promote healthier coping skills and improve the individual’s entire outlook on life.