Is There a Relationship Between Men, Trauma, and Addiction?

Men who struggle with trauma are often overlooked because there is a stigma around men reaching out for help. It may be hard to face past trauma and stare it right in the face. It can cause so many other issues along the way, including mental and physical health issues. Addiction is one way people cope with the negative consequences of not healing past trauma, especially men. Find out why that exists and how to better support a man who is struggling.

Childhood Trauma

The truth about trauma and opiate addiction recovery harkens back to men’s childhood experiences. Trauma-informed care is often the best practice scenario for men who struggle with the challenges of addiction. Utilizing this approach builds awareness of the reality that trauma brings a lot of pain into people’s lives. Men are often ashamed and afraid to speak out against what they have experienced. This includes sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional neglect, feeling unloved or unprotected, experiencing divorce, or being around parents with mental health issues and addiction. Any or all of these, alone or in combination, can lead a person to experience harm.

Role of Trauma in Addiction

When a person suffers from alcoholism or addiction, they may have experienced negative consequences or circumstances. Men often battle PTSD silently, struggling to navigate their wounds from the past while dealing with the present reality. They simply cannot understand the issues facing themselves and may turn to drugs to cope. With veterans, there is a specific type of wound they experience that needs support after spending so much time in wartime scenarios. Men can experience violence by spouses, partners, or others in their family as adults, as well. Any experience that feels traumatic, keeps coming back, and the brain cannot fully deal with it, will end up harming a person, eventually.

Honesty About Trauma

Men can speak openly and honestly with a counselor in order to deal with the negative repercussions of their experiences. They need a safe space to talk about the challenges, which come from doing drugs or finding ways to cope that are unhealthy. Men who speak out and ask for help are more likely to find support, even if it never takes away their trauma. Healing is not about taking it away. The fact remains, it still occurred, but coping can still take place and create healthy space for healing.

The Last Resort understands men may have a hard time navigating the challenges of addiction. We have trained counselors and therapists ready to support your journey of healing with our recovery program that also helps you deal with addiction. When you come to treatment, you will design an individual plan that focuses on you and your journey. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.