When someone experiences severe trauma, they may become more at risk for substance use disorder. Trauma can manifest itself in many different ways. Some traumatic events could include being a victim of domestic violence, natural disasters, bullying, sexual assault, car accidents, death of loved ones, or other events or ongoing circumstances.
Trauma can lead to substance use disorder when the trauma is unresolved or if the traumatic experience is continuous. According to the The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, experiencing childhood trauma makes someone 4 to 12 times more likely to develop alcoholism or a drug use disorder. Also, people who experienced trauma are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop a smoking habit.
A Better Today Recovery Services understands the extreme hardships that trauma and substance abuse cause. The substance abuse may make trauma worse because many people can see no other option. We can help you find the treatment program that is right for you. Call us today to find out how treatment can address your trauma and your drug use at the same time.