5 Childhood traumas that lead to addiction

5 Childhood traumas that lead to addiction

Going through a traumatic experience can be a complicated situation. Although trauma does not always cause a drug addiction, it may be a contributing factor for many individuals. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs estimates that roughly 10 percent of women and 4 percent of men will develop post-traumatic stress during their lifetime. The amount of people suffering from PTSD that also suffer from drug addiction and alcohol abuse is extremely high.

Almost 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will face a traumatic experience, says the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Although trauma can take several forms, there are specific types of trauma that are particularly likely to contribute to the development of an addiction.

1.Sexual Abuse and Drug Addiction Later in Life

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, or RAINN, victims of rape or sexual assault may turn to alcohol or other substances in an attempt to relieve the emotional strain and pain that relates to the sexual abuse.

Even childhood sexual abuse can contribute to the development of a drug addiction later in life because it can be a very painful experience. According to RAINN, an addiction or the abuse of a substance can hinder the process of healing and it is particularly common when an individual develops PTSD in relation to a severe case of sexual abuse.

2. Grief And Drug Addiction

When a loved one passes away or is severely injured, grieving the loss can take a huge emotional toll on the mental state of an individual. The process of grieving can be very complicated, especially when an individual was a close family member or friend.

Medicine Net explains that complicated grief can lead to severe depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse.

Individuals may attempt to numb the feeling of pain with the substance, which can cause the grieving process to persist and may increase the risk of developing an addiction.

3. Divorce Can Contribute to Drug Abuse

Divorce is hard on the entire family, especially if there are children involved. The Huffington Postexplains that some individuals may decide to divorce a spouse who already has an addiction.

In other cases, the addiction may develop after the divorce due to the stress of the situation. Although the divorce is not always the cause of an addiction, it can make it worse if an individual does not seek an appropriate drug and alcohol treatment program.

Children who experience divorce often have issues that have not been dealt with as adults and can often lead to substance abuse.

4.Bullies and the Bullied Suffer From Drug Addiction

The Partnership for Drug Free Kids states that children who bully their classmates are more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. Furhter, the trauma of being the victim of a bully can also be a complicated problem.

In some cases, a victim will develop a drug or alcohol addiction or may develop a variety of mental health concerns like depression or anxiety. The cause of the addiction is not always directly related to bullying, but it can be a contributing factor.

5.Poverty and Drug Addiction

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The National Council on Drug Abuse states that poverty can be a risk factor when it relates to addiction. An individual who lives in poverty has a higher risk of addiction due to the environment and situation that surrounds the individual, explains the National Council on Drug Abuse.

Drugs or alcohol may be used as a method of coping with abuse or it may be related to the accessibility of the substance. Generally, drugs or alcohol are readily accessible in neighborhoods that have a high rate of poverty.

Children who grow up in an impoverished environment not only experience a high rate of