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The Trauma Effect

By February 24, 2019

Many New Jersey detox centers that keep patients after detox in a full treatment program will administer holistic treatment procedures, a multi-faceted approach to helping a patient find sober living in NJ. A lot of recent political talk has been centered around attempting to curb the ever growing epidemic of drug use in the United States, which produced more deaths than car accidents for the first time in American history in 2018, by focusing on strict border controls. The idea is that by curbing the supply, the end result will be a reduction of those deaths and addiction problems overall.

However, medical and psychological research into what addiction is and how it occurs shows that regardless of where a person’s substance use disorder drug of choice comes from, there are many commonalities that simply cannot be ‘walled off’. In fact, one of the most common addictions that accounts for a large portion of the 70,000+ deaths in 2018 is alcohol, a legal recreational substance that doesn’t come from another country exclusively and has many legal distributors inside the country. Liquor stores are quite common for most cities. So then, what might help curb the ever-growing amount of people finding themselves inside the grip of a severe addiction?

Psychologists who specialize in addiction, note that there are overlaps of mental illnesses such as trauma, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with people who develop a substance use disorder. Not only that, but due to lack of affordable access to mental health services for most Americans, these issues often times go undiagnosed until a person seeks addiction treatment in New Jersey since part of a holistic treatment a patient undergoes that includes mental health screening and related psychological therapy methods.

One of the most commonly found mental health issues found in patients seeking treatment is a traumatic event in the person’s personal history. Whether something intentionally put on them like abuse or something less nefarious like a loss of a family member, many people will often not have a social support system to help cope with these traumatic events. In fact, it’s commonly used as a trope in fictional media like film where, for instance in a love story, a person loses the ‘love of their life’ and then turns to alcohol to self-medicate their depression from the traumatic event of losing someone very important to them. Unfortunately, these stories rarely treat this trope with the harsh reality of how detrimental and artificial this medication can be toward a person’s ability to cope with such a loss.

While traumatic events aren’t the sole reason addiction exists today, it often works as a starting point for the underlying causes of a patient’s addiction. When a person’s mental health is taken care of, it helps a person have tools to cope with such events when they occur.

If you or someone in your life is suffering from alcoholism or other substance use disorder, Discovery Institute can help.  Call 844-478-6563 for treatment options.

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