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Trauma Can Play Culprit In Addiction

Author : Brett Fuller


Trauma is word which causes much damage to our mind as well as our body. There is a very close connection between mind and body. When we are down with fever, we feel dull and drowsy. The normal cheerfulness is completely vanished into the woods then. Another example could be when we are stressed or our mind is emotional, naturally we feel tender, our body also does not respond to any activity with similar enthusiasm, which it would normally do. So mind and body are interconnected with each other and are inseparable. Both these factors rule each other. Trauma can be caused due to physical damage leading to emotional turbulences or vice a versa.

The physical and mental damage caused in trauma is equivalent. This could cause due to an accident or any distressing incident such as death of someone loved or losing job etc. these incidents lead to stress and other disorders in life. This complicated and interconnected emotional and physical turmoil is called trauma. Trauma cannot be dealt with easily. The person needs external support to get out of such situations.

Some people may not be that fortunate to get the help and support at the right time, so they seek shelter in the form substance addiction, which temporarily makes them forget the worries and troubles existing in life. This addiction can be termed as ptsd addiction, meaning an addiction caused due to trauma. The full form of this term is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After a traumatic event, people often report using alcohol to relieve their symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and depression.

Alcohol may relieve these symptoms because drinking compensates for deficiencies in endorphin activity following a traumatic experience. Within moments of experiencing a traumatic incident, there is an increase in the level of endorphins in the brain. During the time of the stress, endorphin levels remain high and help to numb the emotional and physical pain caused by the trauma. However, after the trauma is over, endorphin levels gradually decrease and this may lead to a period of endorphin withdrawal that can last from hours to days. Since alcohol use increases endorphin activity, drinking following trauma may be used to compensate this endorphin withdrawal and thus avoid the associated emotional distress. PTSD addiction treatment and drug addiction treatment is possible with the help of professional experts which target the mind for recovering from trauma as well as addiction.


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