Unlike other diseases, the progression of addiction does not follow a prescribed pattern. The experiences that result in this disease are as varied as the individuals it affects. As a result, the road to recovery should be broad to manage the individual experiences of each client effectively. Although multiple factors can lead a person into a life of substance abuse, most of these factors boil down to one word: trauma.
As one of the most overlooked causes of addiction with co-occurring conditions, trauma’s real power lies in its ability to entrench itself in the minds and hearts of those it afflicts. These memories can make it difficult to escape a painful past, but rather force an individual to relive these agonizing moments again and again. Scientists attribute this to the hippocampus or the region of the brain responsible for our memories. Rather than being cataloged into our long-term memory, these traumatic experiences remain active and continue to cycle through our everyday thoughts.
In response, the amygdala (or the threat center of the brain) goes on high alert. This fight or flight reaction encourages a person to assess their surroundings for danger continually. These can cause feelings of anxiety, fear, and helplessness.
Although the intention to relieve trauma is healthy, many people lack the necessary support network to cope with these traumatic experiences. Instead, people may turn to self-medicating through drugs, alcohol, and other substances. Although a temporary solution, these substances provide individuals with a liberating feeling of relief and satisfaction. Once the effects of these substances wear off, it sets in motion a vicious cycle that generally results in drug addiction.
Ultimately, addiction becomes a solution for those who have dealt with traumatic experiences. To successfully resolve this issue, we must address the trauma & co-occurring condition that is central to the addiction. Texas recovery centers provide the perfect environment in which an individual can cope with the process of sobriety while also coming to terms with the experiences that have led them to this point.
At San Antonio Recovery Center, we are experts in treating co-occurring disorders. Contact us today and get the help you need to overcome your trauma and addiction. Some of the addictions we treat are:
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