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How Trauma Fuels Prescription Drug Abuse

How Trauma Fuels Prescription Drug AbuseTrauma can occur at any time regardless of a person’s age. It generally comes as a result of emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, war, natural disaster or loss. Some people find healthy ways to cope with trauma, but others have a difficult time addressing their hurts. This puts them at risk for poor coping skills, such as abusing prescription drugs to feel better.

Fueling Prescription Drug Abuse with Trauma

Trauma can initiate many emotional issues, and dealing with the aftershock of trauma can be like fuel to a fire. For many people, prescription drug abuse seems like an easy way to ease pain from trauma, especially if these people avoid treatment. Trauma fuels prescription drug abuse in the following ways:

  • Anger – Many trauma survivors feel residually angry at their experience. Harboring anger is extremely unhealthy, as it can impact personal and professional relationships and isolate people. To manage anger and isolation, prescription drug abuse can block out these conflicting emotions.
  • Guilt is one of the most common reactions to trauma, especially for those who have lost a loved one or have survived combat. Using prescription drugs can not only keep people from reliving the events, but it can also drown out the pain of guilt.
  • Emotional disconnection – Many people who survive trauma, especially sexual assault or rape, may slowly withdraw from others as they cannot trust anyone after this experience. This isolation can be painful, as the victim might want to talk about her emotions, but is unsure of how to do so and with whom to speak. The longer these emotions linger, the more she may crave prescription drug abuse.

In conjunction with anger, guilt and an emotional disconnect, trauma patients may also grow overly fearful, develop paranoia, remain in a state of disbelief or feel ashamed of their experience. These reactions may lead these people to the bottle to solve their issues.

Help Ending Prescription Drug Abuse

Enduring trauma is enough to push you over the edge, so why top it off with prescription pill addiction? Even if it seems scary, the most important thing you can do to break your addiction is to seek treatment. There you will be able to regain a daily routine filled with positive ways to express your emotions and trust others. You can start developing a support system with friends and family, and they can help you refrain from using when you feel reminded of your ugly past.

Help With Trauma and Addiction

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to get connected with someone who can help you immediately. Do not waste one more second on prescription drug abuse. Call us today for instant support.

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