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How Unresolved Trauma Can Fuel An Addiction

woman thinking about unresolved trauma and addiction

Unresolved trauma and addiction share a cyclical relationship. Many of our clients have faced trauma in childhood or adult life and started using alcohol and drugs as a crutch to deal with crushing memories. Alcohol addiction treatment programs at Rockland Recovery Treatment Center can help you face suppressed memories and learn better coping mechanisms. Learn more about our trauma treatment program and the importance of dual diagnosis treatment in dealing with mental disorders and substance use disorders.

What Is Unresolved Trauma?

Unresolved trauma and addiction threaten your recovery. Traumatic memories can overwhelm your mind and make you resort to alcohol or drug use to feel better. In our trauma treatment program, you learn coping mechanisms to reduce the fallout of repressed memories and feelings.

If you’ve lived through damaging events, you may try to suppress your emotions. Eventually, suppressed memories emerge, and some people use alcohol and drugs to bury them in their minds. Mental health counseling that deals with your unresolved trauma and addiction can give you hope for a brighter future. Our drug addiction treatment programs provide holistic healing and therapy to address both sides of the issue.

Side Effects of Unresolved Trauma

Unresolved trauma and addiction fuel one another. Thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic events often trigger substance abuse. If you have an addiction based on damaging events, it’s also harder to treat the mental health disorders surrounding repressed memories and early childhood abuse.

Side effects of trauma include the following:

  • Fear
  • Resentment
  • Shame
  • Anger
  • Embarrassment

Trauma Treatment Can Help

At Rockland Recovery Treatment Centers, you can take a trauma treatment program to deal with unprocessed emotions. Our trained, licensed team of therapists guide you in your journey back to sobriety and positive mental health. Once drugs are no longer in the picture, other kinds of addiction, such as excessive spending, gaming, overeating, and promiscuity, also become easier to change. Traumatic events must be addressed and processed for your addiction treatment to succeed.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis treatment addresses both unresolved trauma and addiction. Through this program, you can improve your mental health disorders such as PTSD when you get your substance use disorder under control. There is no clean separation between these challenges. Therefore, addressing them together is the only way to move forward in the recovery process.

Substance abuse treatment programs at Rockland Recovery Treatment Center focus on healing your mind and teaching you how to process your feelings more healthily. It isn’t easy working through emotions that you don’t want to experience again. That’s why it’s important to find a team of professionals that individualize your recovery to your specific needs. You will find that at our facility, and develop bonds with others going through similar situations.

Enroll in our drug addiction treatment program for support and supervision throughout your recovery.

Finding the Addiction Treatment You Need

Dealing with unresolved trauma, an addiction through trauma therapy and holistic approaches improves your outlook for lifelong recovery. You can acknowledge the experiences without letting them negatively impact your self-esteem and triggering your substance use disorder.

During the admissions process, we find out more about your specific situation. You may not even know that you have traumatic events impacting your behavior. Residential treatment options can help you receive 24-hour assistance so that you can reach out to a staff member day or night.

Don’t let unresolved trauma and addiction determine your future. Our comprehensive trauma treatment program and addiction treatment therapies give you the tools you need to succeed. At Rockland Recovery Treatment Center In Massachusetts, your mental and physical well-being become our top priority.

Contact us today at 855.732.4842 for more information on our programs or register for addiction treatment today.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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