What Is the Connection Between Trauma and Addiction?

When a person lives through traumatic experiences, the experiences leave an imprint that can be felt for the rest of that person’s life. The way the body reacts to trauma, a fight-or-flight response, is supposed to help protect us from experiencing any future traumatic experiences.

However, this natural reaction can cause feelings of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, shame, self-loathing, and self-hatred. Such reactions also make it difficult to live a normal life. When faced with these negative feelings, many feel that the only way to get better is to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

Self-medicating does not cure the symptoms of trauma; it only masks them. Eventually, as the self-medicating and substance abuse continues, an addiction will form. When diagnosed with trauma/PTSD and addiction, an individual will need proper dual diagnosis treatment to make a full recovery.

Understanding the Trauma and Alcohol Connection
A History Of PTSD

Maryland Recovery Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center

Maryland Recovery is a national treatment center for trauma-based disorders and substance abuse. Our addiction and trauma treatment program is one of the top dual diagnosis treatment programs in the country.

Our dual diagnosis program offers help for those suffering from substance abuse and addiction brought on by, or worsened by:

  • Trauma
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACE)
  • PTSD
  • Traumatic grief

Our trauma treatment counselors practice trauma-informed therapy, our program is discreet, and we offer a safe and comfortable environment in which we will alleviate the devastating effects of trauma and addiction.

Offering ongoing family support and a focus on long-term recovery, we invite your family to contact us to help a loved one who is in urgent need of trauma and addiction treatment.