Trauma as an underlying component to addiction
Trauma comes from the Latin word meaning “wounded.” People who suffer from addictive disorder often carry around “wounds” from the past that continue to negatively impact them today. This trauma can cause symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, mood instability, hyper-arousal, and unresolved fear and shame.
If you are impacted by trauma and haven’t appropriately processed unresolved issues, you may have difficulty coping with daily life. You may also be more susceptible to repeated patterns of self harm such as medicating yourself with drugs and alcohol to gain relief. But the more you use, the worse your disease progresses and the harder the consequences in your life.
When treating addiction, it is important to assess whether there is underlying trauma. If trauma does exist in your past, we can then look at its connection to your addictive behavior. We can also address your current needs related to the trauma.
At Mirmont, our clinical team is trauma competent meaning we offer a specialized program for processing trauma in a safe and therapeutic way that doesn’t require reliving the painful event. You will be able to work at both group and individual levels to identify and process uncomfortable feelings related to trauma while developing healthy skills for coping with emotional pain and distress. Ultimately, you’ll gain a new perspective and begin to heal from past events, which will increase your overall experience of recovery.
We also offer the VIPER program, designed specifically for first responders such as police/law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs. This program helps people overcome addiction due to traumatic experiences that often occur in the line of duty.