It’s currently estimated that 8 percent of all Americans will suffer from some type of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. If that seems like a significant number, consider the current estimate that 34 percent of men and 27 percent of women who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder also suffer from some type of addiction or substance abuse disorder. These statistics show that, even though there’s not a direct causal link between addiction and post-traumatic stress, there are certainly elevated rates of addiction among those who suffer from trauma than there is addiction in the general population. For this reason, trauma resolution therapy is an incredibly valuable tool for numerous people who are in recovery from addiction.
There are many benefits to trauma resolution therapy, especially when it’s used as part of an individual’s addiction treatment plan. Of course, the most obvious benefit is that it helps a person to process the experience of trauma so that it doesn’t continue to evoke pain and distress over the course of his or her life. But perhaps the most important benefit is that it helps to fortify or protect newfound sobriety by minimizing the likelihood that ongoing distress from past trauma will cause an individual to seek alcohol or drugs as a means of self-medication for that trauma in the future. In other words, with trauma and post-traumatic stress being a significant trigger for substance abuse, trauma resolution therapy can significantly decrease a patient’s likelihood of relapse.