At Bayshore, we understand that addiction rarely emerges out of nowhere. Often, drug or alcohol dependency is the outcome of a host of factors that help give rise to, sustain, and exacerbate the addiction.
Among the most significant risk factors for the development and progression of substance use disorder (SUD) is a personal history of trauma.
The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction
You don’t have to be a combat veteran or a survivor of a violent crime to have experienced trauma. In fact, trauma comes in many shapes and forms, and they all leave a mark on the mind and the spirit, if not on the body.
The reality is that trauma can include everything from chronic financial instability to severe illness to anxieties experienced during childhood. Indeed, childhood traumas, known in psychological terms as adverse childhood experiences (ACE), can substantially increase your risk of developing SUD, even when you think you have overcome them or forgotten all about them.
These adverse childhood experiences aren’t limited only to the experience of neglect, abuse, or parental addiction in the home. They can also involve any significant stressor, such as a severe childhood or parental illness, parental divorce, or financial hardship.
Whether you have experienced trauma as a child or as an adult, the impact of the event is likely to be substantial and lasting unless and until you confront and resolve the trauma you have experienced.
Traumatic stress has been shown, for example, to contribute to significant structural and functional changes in the brain. This, in turn, can catalyze the onset of a drug or alcohol addiction and/or accelerate the progression of the addiction disease, as those with unresolved trauma turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with trauma symptoms.
Signs of Unresolved Trauma
How Bayshore Can Help
At Bayshore, we are proud to offer personalized, evidence-based trauma care through our innovative dual-diagnosis recovery program. Our approach to trauma-informed addiction treatment is based on the premise that you can’t expect or experience true recovery until you address the underlying issues that have given rise to or are exacerbating the addiction.
This is why our multidisciplinary team at Bayshore is committed to providing personalized, evidence-based, whole-person care for those experiencing co-occurring trauma and addiction. We specialize in dual diagnosis care to address the trauma, mental health challenges, and related co-morbidities that have threatened to rob you of your peace of mind, your health, and your sobriety.
Bayshore’s team of caring professionals includes on-site medical and mental healthcare providers with expertise in the treatment of trauma and co-occurring addiction. We are fully licensed and accredited and have been certified by the Joint Commission and LegitScript to provide pharmacological therapies for the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related comorbidities, as appropriate.
In addition, our on-site counselors are proud to offer a range of psychotherapeutic treatment options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), for clients who have unresolved trauma.
Likewise, in honor of our commitment to whole-person care, our highly specialized team of wellness experts offers education and training in behavior modification and cognitive change. This includes courses in yoga, art and music therapy, holistic medicine, nutrition, and meditation and mindfulness. Each of these is designed to add another tool to your life optimization toolbox, helping you to construct a lifestyle that supports your peace, happiness, joy, and sobriety by addressing the factors that have given rise to or sustained the addiction.
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