A recent article in The Atlantic magazine highlights the link between trauma and addiction, one of the premises upon which Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef founded Fairwinds Treatment Center in 1989. For the last 25 years, Fairwinds has utilized a cutting-edge dual diagnosis methodology that addresses both a patient's substance abuse and their underlying psychological, emotional and/or mental challenges. Dr. El-Yousef accomplishes this using a personalized combination of clinical treatment and therapeutic counseling that is unique among addiction facilities, promoting a lasting recovery.
Underlying conditions that contribute to addiction may include anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and/or bipolar disorder. Traumatic experiences can trigger or worsen any of these issues, in addition to causing post traumatic stress disorder. Too few substance abuse specialists recognize that treating external symptoms without also addressing past trauma is almost certain to result in a failed recovery.
"It's putting a Band-Aid on the hurt," victim advocate Cynthia Erickson tells The Atlantic. "That's why there's so much alcohol and drugs […] They don't feel good, they black out, and alcohol and drugs cover the pain. That's why we're so dysfunctional."
Erickson lives in Alaska, a state that is plagued by some of the highest rates of sexual assault, physical abuse and domestic violence in the nation. Not coincidentally, they also have one of the highest per capita rates of alcohol abuse and dependency — twice the national average. No matter where you live — whether in rural Alaska or downtown Miami — the connection between trauma and addiction is clear.
The good news: If someone you love has been a victim of trauma and is now struggling with substance abuse, recovery is possible with the proper dual diagnosis treatment. There is simply no better place to find healing than at Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida.