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Trauma and Addiction: Is There a Link?

October 11, 2016

Many people who struggle with addiction have also suffered trauma at some point. The connection between trauma and addiction is strong, and it runs both ways: the experience of trauma increases the likelihood of developing an addiction, and substance abuse can make a person more likely to suffer some form of trauma. This article examines the relationship between trauma and addiction and explores the merits of a trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment. Understanding Trauma The definition of trauma can be subjective, because an event that traumatizes one person may have little effect on another. According to the Substance Abuse and…

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