Trauma, Addiction and Natural Disasters

Trauma, Addiction and Natural DisastersExperiencing trauma can provide a powerful incentive to seek relief in drug use. Many drugs numb physical and emotional pain and help the person to feel better and to forget trauma. If a person already has a problem with drug abuse or addiction, experiencing trauma can make the problem worse. However experiencing trauma can induce even a person with no history of drug abuse to seek escape in drugs.

Sources of Trauma

The modern world can be a scary and traumatic place. With ever-increasing populations and dwindling space and resources, crime, accidents, substance abuse and addiction are becoming more prevalent, and our weather is becoming more menacing. We face frequent and severe natural disasters such as the following:

  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornados
  • Blizzards
  • Heat waves

The resulting death, destruction and disorganization of society after a natural disaster creates stress, anxiety and other difficult to control emotions. Individuals may turn to drugs for temporary relief and find a lasting addiction.

Coping with Trauma without Turning to Drugs

If you have experienced trauma of any kind, it is important to recognize the impact it can have on your psyche. The effects of trauma can be significant and can compel a person to seek relief through unhealthy channels. Persons who fail to acknowledge the impact of trauma and to seek professional treatment or counseling may respond in maladaptive ways such as using drugs to self-medicate pain. It is not a sign of weakness to admit to having trouble coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Treatment for Addiction and Trauma

Trauma and addiction treatment have come a long way in terms of understanding psychological conditions such as addiction and stress disorders. Cause and effect, brain chemistry, experiential pathology and effective treatment are all much better understood than they were even a few years ago, and advancements continue to be made. One of the most important developments in the treatment of addiction is integrated treatment. Integrated treatment addresses underlying psychological issues related to addiction. Some treatment professionals specialize in treating addiction that has been caused by or exacerbated by traumatic experiences. If you are suffering from addiction related to trauma, integrated treatment offers you the best options for lasting recovery.

Questions about Trauma, Addiction or Treatment?

If you have any questions about trauma and natural disasters and how they relate to addiction and treatment, or if you would like help finding treatment for addiction or stress disorders, call our 24 hour toll-free helpline today.