'Twas the night before the holiday, when all through the house
Every creature was stirring, even the spouse;
Tossing and turning, sleepless with fear,
In hopes that there will be no family drama this year;
When someone you love is consumed by addiction, there is nothing you want more than to help them. But addiction is a complex medical condition.
Join us on November 8th - 10th at Newport Beach California for a conference on behavioral health and addictive behaviors.
All or nothing tends to characterize the family that has contained trauma and/or addiction. The tendency to cycle back and forth between black-and-white in thinking, feeling and behavior, reflects the family’s problems with self-regulation consequently the family as a whole and individual members can lose their ability to “right” themselves when thrown off balance.
Addiction encourages trauma and trauma can encourage addiction. This process becomes a vicious circle or negative feedback loop, with trauma contributing to addiction, which in turn fuels more trauma, which encourages still more addiction, and so on and so on. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center treats substance and process addictions, recognizing them to be primary disorders which reinforce each other and are often fueled by traumatic experiences. Here are some examples of how this process plays out: