The Trauma and Addiction Connection

Researchers have been studying the connection between trauma and addiction in order to understand why so many drug and alcohol abusers have histories of traumatic experiences. Although there has been no definitive conclusion data from over 17,000 patients in the Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences study, there are studies that indicate a child who experiences four or more traumatic events is:

  • Five times more likely to become an alcoholic
  • Forty-six times more likely to become an injection-drug user than the general population

Additional studies by the Veterans Administration have led to estimates that between 35-75% of veterans with PTSD abuse drugs and alcohol.

The common co-occurrence of addiction and trauma is complex. While some people struggling to manage the effects of trauma may turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, some believe that there is a genetic component linking people prone toward PTSD and those with addictive tendencies. Another possible reason argued by some researches is that the substance abusers’ lifestyle predisposes them to being traumatized by crime, accidents, violence, and abuse.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorder Treatment

Considering the frequent link between trauma and addiction, anyone working on recovery from substance abuse and addiction will benefit from an assessment by a skilled addiction treatment therapist, to determine if there are underlying issues that should be addressed.

At Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), we know the importance of resolving trauma-related issues in any successful recovery, and for that reason, we have sought the expertise of one of the nation’s best trauma therapist, Dr. Jon Connelly, founder and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT).

RRT helps clients to permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma by eliminating the ongoing psychological suffering that stems from disturbing or painful past experiences. Treatment is painless, does not involve re-experiencing of the traumatizing event (s) and often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions.

Highly trusted Florida dual diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment center offers an all-inclusive inpatient detox that includes:

  • On-premises detox
  • Medical and Psychological Evaluation
  • Addiction Treatment Assessment
  • Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Group and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Gender-Specific Counseling
  • Grief / Loss Therapy
  • Rapid Resolution Therapy® (Trauma Therapy)
  • Intensive Family Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • 12 Steps & SMART Recovery®
  • Addiction Educational Series
  • Biofeedback Therapy
  • Pregnant Women Treatment Track
  • Recovery Educational Workshops
  • Life Skills Training
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Yoga
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Bodyweight Cardio
  • Art Therapy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Aftercare Programming
  • Discharge Planning

If you or a loved one’s recovery is affected by psychological trauma and would like to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291 or visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight about or rehab programs.

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