Trauma & Addiction go hand in glove. In this conversation, Ben and I go into the necessity of addiction, addressing the underlying trauma that fuels addiction, and how that can help in moving away from addiction.
Articles and Insights on Complex Trauma PTSD. These articles are based on real-life client-therapist interactions in practice.
Addiction is a consequence of, it’s never the issue in itself. When you feel stressed, you look for a way to pacify yourself. And addiction, be it either behavioral addiction or substance addiction, fulfills that purpose.
When you suffer, you naturally want to get away from that state. When you’re in pain, your mind goes to its opposite of not wanting to be in pain.
The politician does it. The guru does it. The coach does it. The priest does it. They’re all on the same bandwagon selling you hope, selling you promise, selling you a future to reach out to.
Let us look at an example of dissociation and how that grows into complexity over time.