Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have won a $1.45 million grant to explore possible connections between trauma and addiction. The scientists plan to see whether teenage girls who experience traumatic events are more likely to develop dependencies on drugs and/or alcohol later in life. They will use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology to study the brain during risky or impulsive decision-making, to see if physical or emotional trauma may have actually altered mind function.
"People who suffer from drug use disorders face seemingly insurmountable challenges to long-term drug abstinence," lead investigator Clint Kilts said in a news release. "A better future would involve prevention and early intervention for persons at risk for drug use disorders such that they escape the future burden of addiction."
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is funding the study.
At Fairwinds Treatment Center we have long believed that trauma can trigger or exacerbate substance abuse issues, addictions and eating disorders. Individuals who have experienced traumatic events need to be treated for both their addictions and the underlying issues that caused them. Otherwise, recovery is unlikely to be successful. Our Dual Diagnosis treatment system helps patients address their substance abuse problems while also helping them find constructive ways to deal with emotions related to trauma. Trauma may have been caused by a single event, like a rape, death, accident or natural disaster, or it may stem from an ongoing, stressful situation, such as living in a dangerous area, battling cancer or living in an abusive household.
If you or a loved one suffered trauma and are battling addiction, contact Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida. We have inpatient and outpatient options available and are highly experienced in helping people along the road to recovery.