There are many ways trauma can enter our lives, affecting some of us for the rest of our lives. It’s a subjective and personal experience that individuals go through and must heal from. However, support from others can help immensely in healing and giving validation. Having someone there to make one feel safe, comforted, and reassured can help deal with the pain. While the protection and support offers healing energy, it’s important to be aware that we shouldn’t rely on others to heal us. This is especially important in our close relationships. Yes, supporting one another is important, and as humans, we need it; however, we have to be realistic on what our partners can give. They can’t be responsible for healing our internal chaos.
There’s a definite link between trauma and addiction, but that doesn’t mean individuals suffering from trauma always develop addiction. Someone could struggle with trauma for many years without ever having a sip of alcohol or touching a drug. Yet, studies have shown that trauma is a major underlying influence for those with addictive behaviors.
WHAT IS PTSD?
Many people who experience co-occurring disorders struggle with a combination of addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, PTSD is fairly common. In the United States alone, it’s estimated about 7.7 million American adults are affected by PTSD. Without proper treatment and healing, a person’s risk for addiction is increasingly higher than other adults. This is why it’s vital to identify and treat PTSD properly before people start self medicating. Let’s answer the question, what is PTSD?
As children grow, they witness and learn about life around. As they gather information of the world they live in, they develop coping abilities. While this is all based on their direct experience of their environment and those within it, they’re creating an internal map of how the world works. If trauma is thrown into the mix for a child, that’s going to influence that internal map which interprets the bigger picture. This is how childhood trauma can still affect us as adults.