There is a distinct and clear connection between childhood trauma and addiction. The trauma someone experiences during childhood can and usually does end up creating long-term mental health issues and concerns. In the majority of cases, these children (either as minors or when they grow up) abuse alcohol and/or drugs. If you or someone you know experienced childhood trauma and addiction, please reach out to us here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center today.
Types of Childhood Trauma
There are various types of childhood trauma including, but not limited to, the following:
- General physical assault
- Sexual assault or rape
- Intimate partner/domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Repeated harrassment
- Natural disasters
- Parental neglect
- Terminal illness of oneself or a loved one
- Accidents (ex. Fires, car accidents, etc.)
The reality is that trauma can affect people in many different ways and be caused by many different things. If you or someone you care about is dealing with or has dealt with childhood trauma, there are professionals who can help you to get through and overcome it.
Behavioral/Psychological Symptoms of Trauma
Those who childhood trauma have a higher risk of experiencing behavioral.psychological symptoms as older children and adults than those who don’t experience trauma during childhood. Some of these symptoms that the person may experience include:
- Prolonged irritability and agitation
- Erratic behavior/mood changes
- Avoiding things, places, people, or things that remind them of trauma
- Constantly feeling nervous or fearful
- Lack of confidence
- Regularly reliving the event
- Inappropriately displaying emotions
Dealing with these issues can be extremely difficult. Luckily, there are resources that can assist you in learning to better display your emotions, building your confidence, getting your moods under control and helping in numerous other ways, too. We have programs here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center that can help you with this.
Quality of Life Impacts Due to Childhood Truama and Addiction
If you have gone through childhood trauma and addiction issues, you are likely going to experience some quality of life problems such as:
- Professional life issues (difficulties handling responsibilities, quitting or getting fired from jobs, etc.)
- Social and romantic relationship issues (obstacles in creating healthy relationships, emotional and/or physical abuse, severe intimacy issues, sexual identity problems, difficulty trusting others, problems with self-worth, confidence issues, etc.)
- Eating disorders (binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, etc.)
If you are currently experiencing any of these impacts to your quality of life or you want to prevent them in your life, please reach out to us here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center today.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Childhood Trauma and Addiction
Treating childhood trauma and addiction must happen simultaneously or there is likely to be a relapse in mental health and physical health issues. The best route to treatment for co-occurring childhood trauma and addiction is with a fully individualized, medically-supervised detox along with follow-up outpatient and/or inpatient care. Here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center, we have a team to trained, specialized professionals who can address all your co-occurring childhood trauma and addiction-related issues. Everything from stress to PTSD to addiction can be handled right here in our facility.
If you have more questions about our co-occurring disorder treatments here at Midwood, don’t hesitate to contact us today to get more information or the answers you are looking for.
Detoxing and Managing Withdrawal Symptoms
Medically-assisted detox programs allow for a more compassionate, supportive and safe environment for those who need to overcome addiction. If you are going to detox from alcohol and/or drugs, it is best to have medical supervision in order to properly manage any withdrawal symptoms.
We would like to take a moment to talk about the vulnerability that occurs during medically-assisted detox programs. This may be the most vulnerable that you feel throughout the entire addiction recovery process. You will be cleansing your body from alcohol and/or drugs, going through a range of moods, feeling like you lost a part of yourself and starting a new lifestyle. With all this being said, our Midwood team can support you every step of the way, starting with medical detox.
Not sure medical detox is for you? No worries. You can contact our team today to find out more about this program and whether it would be best in the situation you are in.
Behavioral Rehab Leading to Behavior Modifications
The majority of people who develop addiction issues resulting from childhood trauma never have fully confronted what happened to them. They constantly relive the event with no real coping skills to help them manage or get through their emotions or PTSD events.
The good news is there is hope for you. Behavioral rehab programs help to lead you to behavior modifications. What does this mean? It means you can learn to control your behaviors, change your reactions and reduce the number of triggering events in your life.
Here at Midwood Addiction treatment center, we have a wide range of behavioral rehab services including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Dialectical-behavioral therapy
- And much more
You can start recognizing your triggers, managing stress in your life, learning healthy ways to process your trauma and overcome addiction starting today.
Once you finish your treatment program here at our Midwood Addiction Treatment Center, you will be given an individualized, complete aftercare plan. This will help to build on your recovery, offer you resources for your recovery and provide you with ongoing therapy when needed, as well.
Get Treatment for All Childhood Trauma and Addiction Issues Starting Today
Your past doesn’t have to dictate your future. Even if you have gone through many childhood trauma events, that doesn’t mean the triggers and other trauma-related issues have to keep running your life. You can take back control over your life and you can start doing that today by reaching out for help. Contact us today, here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center, to get the treatment for all childhood trauma and addiction issues that you need.