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:
It is estimated that each year three million cases of child abuse are reported to authorities in the United States (source: Childhelp.org). Childhood abuse comes in many forms and can be anything from physical abuse, sexual boundary violations, neglect of medical and physical needs, to emotional and social maltreatment and injustices.
March has finally bloomed and for Dietitian’s like me, that means 31 days of constant nutrition talk. This is our month. Our Super Bowl. It’s a chance for nutrition experts everywhere to highlight the importance of a healthy diet. But then April rolls around, and nutrition fades into the background so that another important issue can take center stage. April also seems to be the month that most individuals abandon their New Year’s resolution and the month that extreme dieting emerges in a fruitless effort to be ready for bikini season. That’s ultimately what’s wrong with National Nutrition Month. It’s only one month.
The word codependency clearly touched a nerve when it first plowed its way into our common vernacular. Initially it grew out of the twelve step term co-addict, which was a way of describing the spouse of the addict; however as it didn’t really didn’t tell the right story, it morphed into co-dependent. It was a kind of grassroots way of naming the situation that a spouse found themselves in when they were connected in every way possible to an addict, married to them, having children with them and living their daily lives or trying to live them together.