A lot of alcohol and other drug abuse stems from some sort of trauma a person suffered during their childhood. This trauma can be something that causes physical, mental or emotional anguish. The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a study that showed of the 196 people polled in an inpatient treatment program more than 50 percent admitted to experiencing some sort of trauma from their childhoods.
When someone either witnesses or goes through a trauma during their childhood, it impacts the brain’s development. Much like a child learns to talk or walk by observing the people around them; the brain is directly impacted by trauma. Trauma causes the brain’s development to be altered, which can lead to anxiety, depression and a stronger likelihood to look to cope through drug or alcohol use.
In fact, a recent study found that being mistreated during childhood led to frequent states of elevated stress levels that impeded normal brain development. The structural disruptions caused by this stress can impact a person’s ability to express their emotions in a healthy way. Neurological scans of children who underwent trauma also showed that they are more at risk for substance abuse disorders and needing inpatient drug rehab in the future.
As with most medical issues, one of the greatest benefits to collecting this information is the ability to spread awareness. Those who have experienced trauma should recognize that they are at a higher risk and take the steps necessary to avoid putting themselves in situations where addictions can occur. For example, highly addictive personalities benefit from avoiding pain medications that contain opioids. Loved ones of people who had an atypically rough childhood should also be cognizant of behaviors of their friends and family and be a constant support system.
For those who have experienced trauma and are already using drugs or have become alcoholics, awareness can lead to better treatment. Our inpatient drug rehab, for instance, can tailor our rehabilitation towards identifying traumas and working through them in the most therapeutic way possible.
If you or someone you care about has experienced a childhood trauma that has led to a dependency on alcohol or other drugs, it’s not too late. Call (866) 308-2090 to learn how our inpatient treatment facility can assist in the rehabilitation process.