According to SAMHSA, more than 50% of men and over 60% of women have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. Moreover, 90% of people who seek public behavioral health treatment were traumatized at some point in their lives. Because trauma and substance abuse and addiction often go hand in hand, it’s important to find a treatment program that can help address both issues at the same time. At AspenRidge Recovery, our therapists are trained to treat complex trauma in addition to a substance use disorder. In the mental health world, we call this dual-diagnosis treatment. If you have experienced any level of trauma and think you may have a problem with drugs and alcohol, our treatment programs will give you the tools to overcome these issues and live your life to the fullest.
What is Trauma?
The basic definition of trauma is a deeply disturbing or distressing experience. However, this definition is subjective. What is intensely alarming to one person may not bother another. Most people would agree that experiences such as serving in a war zone, experiencing abuse, or surviving a natural disaster are all traumatic experiences. Sadly, these experiences are not uncommon. According to NCADV, about 20 people per minute are abused by their partner, and as of 2017, nearly 19 million Americans were veterans.
What is not commonly described as trauma are the “little t” traumas such as divorce, legal trouble or financial hardship. These experiences tend to be overlooked and can also cause issues long-term if they are compounded or overlooked.