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Trauma Treatment Centers

The Unforgiving Link Between Trauma and Addiction

Trauma Explained

The type and degree of trauma is not dependant on the event but rather the effect the event has on the individual. Each individual is unique in their reaction to and their ability to cope with every traumatic situation. The situations that can leave someone traumatized range from the type of incidence (physical vs psychological) to the duration of the incident and the relationships involved in the event.

Factors that affect the degree of trauma Events that often cause trauma
  • Duration
  • It could have been a one-time event or a situation which repeated or continued over time that caused an individual trauma.
  • Often times, the victim is involved in a close relationship with the person causing the trauma. It can be a parent, relative, partner, or close friend, further complicating the traumatic effect it has on the individual.
  • The traumatic event was performed by another individual.
  • The traumatic event was not performed by another individual. (i.e. being severely electrocuted by a broken power line)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child molestation, rape, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual traumas usually result in a traumatized victim.
  • Social rejection, abandoned children, emotional neglect, neglect of physical needs, ostracization from religious groups or communities, and rejection due to sexual orientation or identity can prove to be traumatic events and situations for many.
    Terror and extreme danger
  • Near death experiences, physically debilitating events, and mutilating accidents such as serious car accidents or soldiers in battle are common causes of trauma.
    Death and Loss
  • Death, illness and loss of people close to you or around you can prove to be a lasting traumatic experience that needs to be taken care of.

Effects of Living with Trauma

shutterstock_282651311Depending on the type and the degree of trauma that occurs in a person’s life the effects of trauma vary greatly, but all types of trauma result in grim effects when left untreated. Serious side effects of trauma are often delayed in what is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They sometimes go unnoticed for long periods of time until the effects begin interfering with an individual’s daily life and happiness.

Common effects of unaddressed trauma include:

  • Loss and confusion regarding identity
  • Inability to trust oneself and others
  • Desire to suppress feelings and memories in an effort to become emotionally numb
  • Avoidance of any situation or person too reminiscent of the traumatic event
  • Self-blame, shame, and guilt
  • Hyper-vigilance and fidgety behavior
  • Difficulty being involved in relationships and interacting with others
  • Flashbacks and dreams related to the traumatic event

The Link: Why Trauma is So Prevalent in Victims of Addiction

Many cases of trauma and abuse are left untreated for a large portion of an individual’s life. When symptoms appear later on in their life, doctors and caretakers often don’t understand the situation behind the symptoms and therefore do not refer the victim to the right treatment. These symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed and misunderstood leaving trauma victims desperate to find their own solution. The solution they resort to is all too often self-medication. Substance abuse becomes the short term way out and leads to the grievous path of addiction.


Since so many addictions are related to trauma, Sprout Health Florida realizes the importance of assessing each individual’s current and unique situation in order to assign the appropriate trauma care specialist to every individual in need.

Our experienced therapists are extremely understanding of the inner conflicts that trauma victims experience and they follow a positive and progressive approach to treat the underlying cause of addiction and reverse the negative self-esteem, shame and self-blame that follows traumatic experiences.

We understand the complexity and the sensitivity of dealing with victims of trauma and at Sprout Health Florida our entire team operates under our core principles of respect, confidentiality, and compassion. Our number one goal is to transform our clients into confident and composed individuals through persistent care and an unending effort to understand and relate to every person’s unique struggle and path to recovery.

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After completing the assessment, Sprout Health Florida offers several different types of therapies to provide treatment for behavioral and mental tendencies of those who struggle with addiction. These therapies address all areas necessary to the path of recovery.