Holistic treatment is designed to meet a person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs, ensuring they receive well-rounded care to treat trauma, PTSD or addiction.
There’s a strong link between substance use and trauma. Research shows that exposure to a traumatic event, especially as a child, has been linked to substance use and codependency.
A substance use disorder can develop when a person turns to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate symptoms associated with a dysregulated biological stress response, which makes individuals more vulnerable to addictive behaviors.
Trauma can also cause depersonalization, numbness or other mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. Drugs and alcohol change a person’s emotions by producing pleasure and offering a reprieve from intrusive thoughts or other common symptoms of trauma and PTSD. Over time, an individual may increase their consumption to cope with these symptoms, leading to substance dependency.