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Trauma can manifest as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and puts a person at risk of developing a substance use disorder or addiction. PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event. PTSD symptoms may take months or years after the event to appear. People who suffer with PTSD often turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope.
Childhood trauma can lead to drug or alcohol use in adolescence and adulthood. Abuse in any form is traumatic for a child. Sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuses can impair a child’s development. Fear, bad memories, flashbacks, and safety are some reasons why childhood trauma victims turn to drugs or alcohol.
A teenager who experienced childhood trauma is at increased risk of developing an addiction, which leads to severe physical and mental health impairments and early death. Teens often engage in risky, impulsive, or dangerous behavior and feel pressured to try addictive substances. A teen who suffers from a traumatic history is likely to use drugs or alcohol to relieve painful memories of his or her childhood abuse or trauma.
Why victims of childhood trauma turn to drugs and alcohol
- To escape memories. People with childhood trauma use substances to escape memories of the trauma and suppress any thoughts that lead to reminiscing.
- To feel good. Drugs and alcohol change the way the brain works and cause neurotransmitters to release high levels of dopamine.
- To feel safe. People who experience childhood trauma can feel safe when they use drugs or alcohol because their moods, emotions, and feelings change.
- To stay in control. The temporary shift in attitude allows the person to express him or herself.
- To relieve stress. Childhood trauma victims turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve stress and anxiety. Substance abuse can actually contribute to more stress and anxiety.
- To develop relationships. Childhood trauma can make an impact on relationships. Using drugs or alcohol can make a person feel more social.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a trauma-related disorder and are using drugs or alcohol to cope, get help today. Mental health conditions and addiction are treatable and there is hope in recovery.
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