A Common Factor in Substance Abuse and Addiction


Trauma takes many forms and is a common factor in substance abuse. Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association as, “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster.” Traumatic incidents can be either singular (a violent attack, a car accident, the death of a loved, etc.) or recurring (bullying, domestic abuse, family dysfunction, etc.).

According to data from the National Center on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as much as 75 percent of trauma sufferers develop alcohol abuse-related issues. Additionally, at least 10 percent of those of experience natural disasters wind up abusing alcohol. A PTSD diagnosis dramatically increases the risk of developing an addiction problem. The Gardens at Lake Worth understand the profound role that trauma plays in addiction and helps clients to safely confront their traumatic experiences so they can manage them without having to rely on substance abuse through our comprehensive Florida treatment programs.

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Trauma and the Brain

Often, after a person experiences trauma, whether it’s an isolated incident or a repetitive pattern, the part of their brain that detects threats begins to work overtime in an effort to assess danger. This constant state of high alert may lead to increased anxiety (learn about our Florida Dual Diagnosis). Meanwhile the part that processes memories is disrupted and fails to properly catalogue the traumatic experience. Ultimately, the trauma victim is forced to constantly relive the experiences in their own minds. This constant cycle of having to experience the trauma without any relief or means to put it behind them causes many to self-medicate with alcohol and other drugs in order to escape the pain.

Expert, Compassionate Treatment of Trauma-Related Substance Abuse

The Gardens at Lake Worth offers an experienced and credentialed team of treatment experts to help you or your loved one learn to manage trauma and start healing from addiction. We provide customized rehabilitation programs that address the root causes of our clients’ substance abuse. One of the primary therapies that we offer is called Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a practice that has proven very effective in trauma treatment. In addition to EMDR, we provide group therapy and individual counseling so clients can learn to live with their trauma without letting it consume them.

Lasting Success: Life after Treatment

It’s common for clients to feel unsure of themselves after treatment. Our goal is to make sure clients develop their personal strength and self-awareness, while giving them the practice; resources needed to be successful on their journey after they complete their program. We design aftercare plans for clients, including post-treatment referral to trauma therapists, support group meetings, and alumni outreach. No one overcomes trauma overnight. Even in a quality treatment program, it can take a considerable amount of time and effort to move past the memories of a traumatic past.

What Can You Do?

The longer trauma goes untreated, the more vulnerable victims become to other types of mental illness and addiction. Don’t wait. Our admissions representatives are standing by to guide you into treatment. Call The Gardens at Lake Worth at 844-357-3422 to start conquering your trauma and living the life you deserve.