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Opioid Abuse In Adulthood Might Be Linked To Childhood Trauma

Has your son ever suffered from emotional abuse? Medical experts define this as a method a person uses to control another individual using criticism, embarrassment, blame, or shame. If there is a consistent pattern of emotionally abusive behaviors and bullying, it may undermind a person's mental health and self-esteem. No parent wants to believe that their son has been abused emotionally or suffered any other form of childhood trauma. Unfortunately, it can happen and can lead to ongoing mental health problems, such as PTSD and substance use disorders. Our adolescent treatment program can provide healing for your son's childhood trauma. Additionally, our family recovery support program can help the rest of the family to heal. To learn more about our treatment programs, please reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.

The Connection Between Emotional Abuse and PTSD

Emotional abuse can result in post-traumatic stress disorder. According to a new study published in Addictive Behaviors, childhood experiences of emotional trauma can lead to opioid abuse in adulthood. Various studies have indicated that childhood traumatic experiences can lead to a higher risk of experimentation and substance abuse in adolescence as well. Post-traumatic stress disorder can include severe and benign symptoms. The ideology that PTSD was reserved for extreme trauma has been replaced. Through brain imaging research, scientists have found that the brain suffers similar trauma from emotional, verbal, and mental abuse. The brain does not differentiate one pain from the other. Pain and trauma are simply pain and trauma. Both emotional pain and emotional trauma have a serious impact on the brain of a child. Science Blog writes, "With emotional abuse, the abuser is saying 'You are the problem.' Being called names, being told you're not good enough, being told no one cares about you undermines your ability to cope with difficult emotions."

The Connection Between Opioid Addiction and PTSD

Opioid abuse, and any substance abuse, is often labeled a "coping mechanism." PTSD in itself is a development of protection. Emotions and other symptoms which accompany trauma are harsh and can be too much for the young and innocent mind of a child to process. Many years later, into their trauma treatment, adults and adolescents realize they could not have been capable of coping with the trauma they experienced. Turning to drugs like opioids is an obvious form of self-medication. Opioid drugs are primarily analgesics, providing numbing pain relief in addition to euphoric sensations. Interestingly, the new study offers validation for the theory of a relationship between childhood trauma and opioid abuse. "The severity of the PTSD was directly linked to the severity of their opioid-related problems," the article explains. Children had a higher likelihood of being more risk-taking and thrill-seeking in adolescence when they struggled with emotional trauma or any PTSD in childhood.

Treating Emotional Trauma In Childhood And Opioid Abuse In Adolescence

When parents discover that their loved adolescent is abusing painkillers, synthetic opioids, or heroin, there is a panic to treat the child's drug problem. Also, treating emotional trauma and any other mental health issues is essential to total recovery. At our treatment center, we strive to provide the mental health support your loved one needs to recover from their opioid use and PTSD. With our dual diagnosis treatment program, we offer services such as:
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Trauma therapy
Our team members are kind, compassionate, and excited about helping teen boys overcome their past. With our support, your son can begin healing from trauma and opioid addiction. For more information about how our treatment center can support your son, please reach out to our team today.

Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center

Each day at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we remind our boys that love never gives up. We strive to provide a continuum of care to carry your beloved child through every phase of treatment necessary in order for him to heal and grow. Building a foundation of hope, faith, trust, and love, our clinical program offers change from the soul. To learn about our treatment options, please reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today by calling our compassionate team members today at 662.373.2828 or using our online form.