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The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

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If you’ve struggled with trauma in your childhood and you find that you have addiction issues as an adult, there’s a link that’s important to acknowledge. Childhood trauma and addiction are often tied together because substance use is one of the ways people often try to cope with things that have happened to them in the past. But you don’t have to let that be your life any longer. When you come to see us at Integrative Life Center, you’ll be taking an important first step toward breaking free of addiction and getting past trauma that might be affecting the way you live your life now. We want to help you move past issues you may have carried around for years, so you can explore a future that’s happy and healthy.

Childhood Trauma and Addiction Are Frequently Linked

Unfortunately, so many people experience the link between childhood trauma and addiction. A lot of times, that link occurs because the trauma was never correctly processed, or because it didn’t get treated in the way it should have. It could also have been ongoing, leaving the child — and later the adult — feeling like they’re deserving of the harm that came to them. Trauma, especially experienced in childhood, can have a deep impact on how an individual develops as an adult. Also, it’s not uncommon for childhood trauma to be suppressed well into adulthood. When this happens, the trauma still affects decisions made but in an unconscious manner. Often, a seemingly random event or experience will trigger the memory of the trauma suddenly bringing the experience back to the individual’s conscious mind. When this happens, individuals can feel overwhelmed and turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.

But you don’t have to live defeated and struggling over that any longer. You also don’t have to struggle with addiction that may have come about due to the trauma you experienced when you were young. With the right kind of help, you can move past all of that and into a much healthier place.

The Right Program Can Help You Break Old Patterns

To get past childhood trauma and addiction, you need the right program to help you. That can include one that offers addiction treatment, but that’s also carefully focused on mental health concerns. We can help with that, and we have several different opportunities to give you the support and guidance you’re looking for. We know everyone’s situation is different, and some of the treatment options we can provide:

  • Residential
  • Nutritional support
  • PHP and IOP
  • Community re-integration
  • Medical support at all care levels
  • Art and music therapy
  • Masters level therapists

You don’t need to be focused on childhood trauma and addiction any longer, with programs that can give you help and support. We know it’s not easy, and there could be some hard work ahead, but the value you’ll get from it is worth that work. We’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

Conquer Your Addiction and Trauma Issues, at Integrative Life Center

There’s no need to settle for one more day of addiction and the struggles from the trauma that may have caused it. You can break free of the trauma and conquer your addiction when you come to the right treatment facility. Contact us today at 615.455.3903, and we’ll focus on helping you move down the path to recovery. While childhood trauma can be heartbreaking, it’s also possible to recover from it and live a fuller, richer life. By doing that, and breaking free of the hold addiction may have on your present, you can plan and dream for a future that’s healthier and happier.

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