Addiction can be extremely devastating in the life of the person struggling and those around them. If you see any of these signs or symptoms, having a loving conversation with the person or seeking help could be very beneficial.
People might also have several behavioral signs that they might be struggling with substance use disorder. They are:8
Treating Trauma and Addiction
Trauma can have long-term adverse effects on a person if it is not treated and dealt with. The same goes for addiction. Therefore, if you have struggled with trauma or addiction, you must seek help either from a therapist, rehabilitation center, or medical professional.
Dual diagnosis treatment is a type of recovery that addresses not just that substance use disorder, but also the mental health disorder or traumatic experiences. The focus of dual diagnosis treatment is to recognize that it is a complex disorder, and it is essential to address both things for long-term recovery with minimal adverse health effects.9
Therapy is one of the essentials when it comes to dealing with trauma and addiction. Normally, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) will be used to help the patient learn new coping methods and ways of dealing with stress. This therapy will also be a safe place for the patient to unpack the trauma that took place. CBT normally goes alongside recovery programs and groups.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, better known as EMDR, “is a psychotherapy treatment that was…designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.10 When a patient goes through EMDR, they will revisit traumatic experiences in short periods while they focus on an external object or stimulus. This therapy could involve music, hand-tapping, or multiple other things.
The goal of this kind of therapy is to help make new associations and connections that will result in a fuller development of the memory and learning experience while also eliminating emotional distress.10
Detox is the process where someone eliminates a substance from the body. Detox should be done under medical supervision since certain withdrawal effects can be extremely damaging and potentially fatal, such as theatres or increased heart rate.
For some substances, doctors might slowly taper the dosage over a period to manage these effects. If you are someone you love is struggling with addiction, they should reach out to a rehabilitation facility so they can go through detox in a safe environment and under professional supervision.
Inpatient treatment centers are places where patients live for a time while they go through the recovery process. For trauma and addiction, this treatment could focus on helping withdrawal symptoms until the patient has made substantial progress with their trauma.
If you or a loved one are struggling with trauma or addiction, they should reach out to a professional for help. Trauma and addiction can be tough topics, but by seeking treatment and going through the healing process, people can find more peace, sobriety, and new coping strategies.