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Trauma such as childhood abuse, violence, natural disasters, war, and other traumatic events can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. As a result, many people turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope. Unfortunately, this creates a vicious cycle where these bad experiences increase substance use which leads to more traumatic incidents.

For some, this can lead to drug and alcohol problems as an unhealthy coping mechanism. It’s a damaging cycle many struggle to get out of without help. For this reason, Louisville Addiction Center offers effective trauma treatment in Louisville, Kentucky.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a deep psychological injury that can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences on an individual’s life. It is usually caused by direct or indirect exposure to a traumatic event. Often, this occurs due to sudden and unexpected events that involve physical harm or significant emotional distress.

Trauma is the result of intense fear and helplessness in response to an extreme event. Further, this leads to a person feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Trauma response is a subjective state of being.

The intensity of the trauma response varies widely between individuals and is determined by many factors such as: 

  • Age 
  • Gender 
  • Personal experiences, past trauma
  • Existing mental health conditions 
  • Cultural context
  • Severity and duration of the traumatic event itself
  • The violation of trust associated with the trauma
  • Lack of support system
  • History of abuse
  • History of substance abuse
  • Ongoing stress
  • Poor coping skills

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Types of Trauma

Acute Trauma

Occurs after exposure to a single, unexpected traumatic event such as a natural disaster, acts of violence, auto accident, medical trauma, or war. This type of trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Chronic or Repetitive Trauma

Chronic Trauma occurs over a long period, usually lasting longer than six months. It can result from exposure to physical or emotional abuse, war, poverty, neglect, and other types of traumatic events. People who experience chronic trauma may have difficulty managing their emotions or have an increased risk of developing mental and physical illnesses. 

Complex Trauma

Complex trauma occurs when someone experiences multiple traumatic events over an extended period. These events can include ongoing physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect by caregivers, and experiencing war or political upheaval. Complex trauma can lead to long-term psychological damage due to how the body responds to fear over an extended period to try and cope with the situation.

Developmental Trauma

Developmental trauma refers to a disruption in the normal development process due to traumatic experiences occurring during critical developmental periods of childhood or adolescence. This type of trauma affects a person’s capacity for healthy relationships, self-regulation abilities, cognitive functioning, physical health, and overall well-being.

Interpersonal Trauma

Interpersonal trauma happens as a result of a person being hurt by another person. This could be a stranger, acquaintance, friend, or loved one. Examples include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Mental health problems associated with this type of trauma are significant and may include depression and anxiety, alcohol or drug addiction, self-harm, and attachment disorders.

Cultural Trauma

Collective traumas experienced by members of certain cultural groups. Typically, this is due to oppression from outside forces such as unjust laws or ongoing discrimination. This type of trauma includes historical traumas such as slavery and genocide. As a result, there is emotional and psychological wounding, as well as unresolved grief.

A woman experiencing the effects of trauma.

Physical Symptoms of Trauma

Most often, trauma occurs as a result of experiencing one-time events such as sexual abuse, witnessing violence, or natural disasters. However, it can also happen after repeated exposure to stressful situations such as domestic violence, verbal and emotional abuse, or war. No matter what form it takes, however, the impact on those affected can be devastating.

Common physical symptoms of trauma include: 

  • Avoidance behaviors (avoiding certain people or places)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Unemployment/homelessness/poverty
  • Chronic physical pain/illness
  • Violent outbursts
  • Difficulty with memory recall or concentration
  • Substance use
  • Legal issues related to criminal behavior

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Psychological Symptoms of Trauma

Most initial reactions to trauma are to be expected, understandable, and self-limiting. However, many are unable to process it properly. Therefore, even when the trauma occurred well in the past, symptoms may linger or even increase over time.

In addition to physical symptoms, individuals may also experience psychological distress when faced with reminders associated with the trauma including: 

  • Survivor guilt
  • Intrusive thoughts about the event (flashbacks)
  • Shame for surviving when others did not 
  • Changes in self-perception 
  • Heightened negative emotions such as anger
  • Disruption in interpersonal relationships 
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression 
  • Mood swings
  • Dissociation
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Problems related to self-esteem and identity formation
  • Difficulties forming trusting relationships with others

Trauma and Substance Use Disorder

People who struggle with a substance use disorder often suffer from a co-occurring mental health disorder leading to dual diagnosis. It is not uncommon for individuals to go through trauma experiences without recognizing or acknowledging them. Traumatic events leave an individual feeling overwhelmed, confused, and unable to process the event in a meaningful way. 

This lack of recognition can lead to serious physical and mental health issues. Consequently, trauma can also lead to an individual using substances as a way of numbing or distracting themselves from the traumatic event. Someone who suffers from trauma may take benzodiazepines like Xanax or drink alcohol to reduce their nervousness. For those struggling with trauma, substance use disorder, and any related mental health disorders, it is important to seek out professional help. 

Ultimately, it is important to recognize that trauma can have long-lasting effects and that seeking professional help is an important step in the recovery process. Fortunately, we offer trauma treatment in Louisville, Kentucky to help clients who have experienced traumatic events begin to heal and move forward into a healthier and happier future.     

Healing From Trauma

In short, traumatic experiences can have a deep and lasting impact on an individual’s health and well-being, regardless of the type of trauma experienced. Therefore, individuals need to seek out appropriate therapeutic interventions. Trauma treatment provides people with effective ways to cope with the difficult emotions associated with their traumatic experiences.

Therapeutic interventions such as therapy, support groups, and medical treatment can help individuals learn to manage their emotions healthily. Also, they can address any underlying mental health issues that might be contributing to the substance use disorder. Most importantly, recovery from substance use is more successful when they properly process the trauma and develop healthy coping strategies.

People undergoing trauma treatment in Louisville

Experience Quality Healing and Recovery in Louisville, KY

Appropriate therapeutic interventions are important for aiding survivors who are struggling with the long-term effects of their trauma. During our trauma treatment in Louisville, Kentucky, clients develop effective coping mechanisms necessary for successful healing and recovery.

Contact us to learn more about our trauma treatment in Louisville, Kentucky.

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