Trauma and Its Connection With Addiction and Mental Health Trauma and Its Connection With Addiction and Mental Health

Hi, it’s Angela And today’s video is on trauma and how it relates to addiction and mental health issues so I will leave you the Information in regards to what I’ll present today in the description box below so that you have it as a reference to start off with I want to let you know that with trauma think about it as Anything that’s less than nurturing when you think about the different types of trauma. It’s all in a continuum so it could be from covert abuse all the way to overt abuse covert abuse is less observable and it could be things like enmeshment neglect abandonment emotional abuse spiritual abuse and Overt abuse is more observable and they are things like physical abuse verbal abuse sexual abuse Keeping these things in mind as we are walking through this process today, okay the next thing that I want you to do is have this visual and it was the way that I was taught and so I really like it and it’s also a way for clients to be able to get a certain framework when it comes to their own lives and Why they’re acting the way that they are and how to be able to change that to start off with having this visual of a tree in your mind with my artwork here and our trauma Is under here, so the roots of the tree and we’re gonna look at how that leads to symptoms so our leaves on the tree and Each leaf represents a symptom and these symptoms are Usually why people come in to see me in my office for therapy there are things that are impacting someone’s life and they’re impacting the relationship or at work or home or school or their health and They are out of control behaviors or they are completely inconvenient or they’re very destructive and can be toxic thinking about with addictions and Also mental health issues. So anxiety depression and Break these down a little bit addictions with two categories chemical addictions and process addictions chemical addictions are drugs alcohol prescription drug abuse process addictions are things like food work sex spending porn gambling I’d even put in their screen addiction or social media instagram addiction and all of that and when you look at anxieties the symptoms there it could range from nervousness all the way to panic attacks and phobias that are impacting your Daily functioning or your ability to do a presentation at work so it can come and show up in different ways depression can range from dysthymia all the way to Major depressive disorder we can also have on here self-harm thoughts self-harm behaviors Suicidal ideation Different ways of acting out that impact our relationships and of course impacting our daily functioning, okay so those are our symptoms now looking at what leads to that and We can categorize them in five different ways They are our core issues and When you think about these core issues just keep in mind where you land on one side or the other and of course They can range or vacillate, but typically we’ll fall in one side of the other So the first one is self-esteem when we compare ourselves to other people, I’m less than them. I’m better than them Going one up or one down the second category of core issues Boundaries, I have a whole other video explaining this in more detail but right now we’re just gonna stick with when we go to a place of being too vulnerable or being Invulnerable walling off and the third category of our core issues reality We think of reality we go from one end of the spectrum of perfectionistic all the way to rebellious The fourth would be our dependency so when we’re too dependent on other people or we our anti-dependent, and we Refused to ask for help or accept help and then the fifth category would be moderation And this is when we go from the extreme of being out of control or being all the way and being too controlling Alright, so looking at where we stand in terms of each of these core issues and what is driving all of this? What’s feeding all of this? So the roots are our trauma and going back and revisiting looking at our trauma is anything that’s less than nurturing one into the spectrum to the other and Looking at whether its covert trauma whether it’s over trauma whether there’s unresolved grief There’s also the experience of a faulty belief system So looking at whether you have irrational thoughts whether you have self-defeating thinking whether there are Toxic belief systems going on. I’m not good enough. Something is defective with me. I’m a loser Going into an all-or-nothing place Personalizing so looking at these different areas that are unresolved and how they impact your core issues in these areas which lead to the symptoms that we end up seeing and Being able to get an understanding around that when you think about this think about what your own tree is and being able to label that and Recognizing how you know when you take care of one symptom It could also pop up and lead to another symptom. If you don’t address those underlying core issues you can switch addictions It’s really important to look at those underlying areas of the trauma unresolved grief and those core issues The next thing I wanted to talk about is fine So once you know all of this and you have that understanding, so now what what do you do with it? It’s crucial that you get professional Assistance and support with a therapist being able to guide you and walk you through this so that you are not Opening up wounds and not getting the proper help through them and then re-traumatizing yourself. We definitely don’t want that So being able to walk with the therapy through these issues One way is through a modality called EMDR eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing. So that’s one technique that some therapists use. It’s a way of addressing bilateral stimulation so bilateral is Hitting the left-brain right-brain with certain tools that they use and techniques so that you can Reprocess and heal some unresolved trauma, that’s one approach. Another approach is to do some cognitive Behavioral therapy, which is CBT and that can address those faulty belief systems Reprogramming the way that you think so that it changes how you think? Which changes how you feel and then it ultimately changes your behaviors and how you are interacting with the world and your relationships okay, the other way that I like is through Reap arrington and This process uses the approach of looking at parenting as having three jobs, and it’s nurturing affirming and setting limits and when you think about that Nurturing your inner child would be to look at your needs and once being able to take responsibility What are you doing to contribute to the problem? What are you doing to contribute to the solution? being able to step out of that victim role or the offender role and then Affirming. So affirming is your self-talk and being able to be kind and loving and in a space where you are Promoting growth and so instead of thinking something’s wrong with me. I never do anything, right? I’m such a loser and nobody gets me being able to affirm the self and say I’m okay I’m trying the best that I can What are my options it’s more of an encouraging self-talk then the last reparent Setting limits. So that’s where the boundaries come in and being able to be assertive with the self and also being able to Set those limits of containment and when you think about this process just keeping in mind being able to apply it in a way that is nurturing affirming and setting limits So the you know similar to how you would do with a child when you’re parenting but treating yourself with that same respect All right. So these are just a few approaches that people take when it comes to addressing trauma and If you have any questions, let me know. I hope that this was helpful and I will see you guys next time You

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  1. We have ignored the role of trauma in Substance Use Disorder for far too long. Studies have shown ≥80% of all PWUD are trauma survivors; I believe it's closer to [email protected]%! Instead of asking "why the addiction" we need to ask "why the pain"; find out what people get from using drugs!

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