7 reasons why survivors gravitate toward addiction
#1 To hide abuse or trauma symptoms because possessing these symptoms are viewed as weakness of character Generally, reacting to past abusive / traumatizing experiences or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms are seen as a weakness of personal character, particularly in men.
So become very attractive. Addiction to any behavior, emotion, and substance as well as another thought is so enticing for survivors because they find helps to subdue negative thoughts.
Addiction cravings can also cause a relapse due the surfacing of negative beliefs present in the addicts subconscious mind which can increase negative thinking.
If a survivor has both an addiction and PTSD, and are not treated together, a resurgence of PTSD symptoms will send a survivor into an addiction relapse. He or she relapses in addiction there is a strong possibility that the addiction could trigger a surfacing of more PTSD symptoms Therefore one resurgence or relapse in post addiction or post trauma symptoms will counter recovery in the other causing a relapse in one or both creating an ongoing cycle.
Traumatic memories and flashbacks are one of the main and worse symptoms of PTSD. Survivors who are re-experiencing traumatic memories or flashbacks will attempt to control, deny, fight or suppress traumatic memories or flashbacks through becoming addicting to a behavior, emotion, pattern, thought or substance.
A survivor will turn to anything that will stop the pain. He or she will take illegal or legal substances (alcohol or drugs or prescribed pain or mental health medication) to block out flashbacks (visual, emotional, and auditory as well as body memories) or participate in unhealthy behaviors (overeating or depriving of food, pornography, self-harm, self-sabotage, sex, and/or excessive exercise) to mask over suffering PTSD symptoms.
Survivors may also engagement in repetitive harmful thoughts and/or destructive relationships to block out hurt and pain stop the re-living experience of what flashes in his or her mind.
Not only does a survivor use an addiction to stop one of the seven reasons mentioned above but would enter into more than one addiction at a time. Since PTSD symptoms are in clusters, survivors enlist multiple addictions to subdue the array of symptoms. A survivor may even be juggling 7 different addictive relationships at the same time to resolve 7 different PTSD symptoms (flashbacks, depression, obsessing thoughts, sleeplessness….).
Believe it or not becoming addicted is a traumatic process and should be dealt with as a PTSD reaction when the addict has a history of abuse, trauma or has been involved in combat.
If you are an abuse or trauma survivor who also has addiction issues, it is important face both your PTSD symptoms and addictions at the same time otherwise a relapse in one will counter the other causing a relapse in one or both. There will be a collapse of whatever positive progress in your sobriety or healing journey.
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