Understanding The Role of Trauma in Addiction

Trauma can be defined as any event, experience or encounter which we perceived as distressing. It leaves a lasting impact on our emotional makeup and worldview, which we often only realise long after the event has passed.

Traumatic experiences can be overt such as losing a loved one, being neglected, being exposed to physical violence or having a parent who is a workaholic or struggles with substance abuse.

But these experiences can also be subtler depending on the way we perceived and encountered them. When a traumatic event takes place, it has a tendency to become a part of our awareness or subconscious thinking patterns. We refer to this as the trauma having “locked”.

So what can we do about it? Trauma therapy! In order to longer be kept captive by trauma, it needs to be processed, layer by layer. We’d like to help you do this

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