The link between trauma and substance abuse is well-documented, yet both illnesses are often treated separately. It is essential to treat both at the same time because many of the symptoms are similar between the two disorders. Evidence has shown that receiving treatment for both conditions at the same time can have the most significant impact on building a sober life.
What is trauma?
The American Psychological Association defines trauma as “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” An individual will often experience emotions such as shock and denial immediately after the event. Longer-term effects include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. It can be challenging to move on in life after experiencing trauma without help.