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The Importance of Tackling Trauma in Addiction Recovery

Addressing trauma is a critical component of addiction recovery, and at Buckeye Recovery Network, our Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center in Huntington Beach, CA, recognizes the profound impact that trauma can have on individuals battling addiction. In this comprehensive article, we will delve deeper into the significance of addressing trauma, the intertwining relationship between trauma and addiction, and the evidence-based approaches we employ to facilitate healing and recovery.

Understanding the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction

Trauma and addiction often coexist in a complex relationship, with each reinforcing the other’s negative effects. Here’s a closer look at why tackling trauma is pivotal in addiction recovery:

  1. Trauma as a Root Cause: Studies have shown that a significant number of individuals who develop substance abuse issues have experienced traumatic events in their lives. Trauma can serve as a catalyst for addiction, as individuals may turn to substances as a way to self-medicate and alleviate emotional pain stemming from traumatic experiences.
  2. Trauma as a Trigger: Traumatic memories can act as powerful triggers for addictive behaviors. When confronted with reminders of their trauma, individuals may resort to substance use to numb the emotional distress they experience.
  3. Co-Occurrence: The co-occurrence of trauma and addiction is pervasive. Those suffering from addiction are more likely to have experienced trauma, and those with a history of trauma may be at a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems. Treating both conditions simultaneously is essential for a successful and lasting recovery.

Evidence-Based Approaches to Addressing Trauma

Our commitment to addressing trauma is evident in the evidence-based and holistic approaches we employ to facilitate healing and recovery:

  • Individual Therapy: Our licensed therapists engage in one-on-one sessions with clients to explore the impact of trauma on their lives. Through evidence-based therapies like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), clients gain the tools to process and heal from traumatic experiences.
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy sessions provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to share their stories, receive validation from peers, and learn from others’ experiences. These sessions foster a sense of community and understanding among participants.
  • Holistic Healing: We emphasize holistic approaches such as yoga, meditation, and art therapy to promote emotional healing and resilience. These practices encourage self-awareness, relaxation, and the development of healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Supportive Environment: Our compassionate and experienced staff create a nurturing and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel safe to confront and process their trauma. This atmosphere is essential for effective trauma recovery.

The Positive Outcomes of Addressing Trauma

Addressing trauma as part of addiction recovery can yield numerous positive outcomes, including:

  • Improved Understanding: Clients gain a deeper understanding of how trauma has affected their lives and contributed to their addiction, which is a crucial step in the healing process.
  • Healthy Coping Mechanisms: Through therapy, clients learn healthier ways to cope with their trauma, reducing the reliance on substances as a means of escape.
  • Enhanced Resilience: Clients build emotional resilience, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, equipping them to face life’s challenges without resorting to substance abuse.
  • Reduced Relapse Risk: By addressing the root causes of addiction, clients are less likely to relapse, leading to more sustained recovery outcomes.

Your Path to Healing Begins Here

At Buckeye Recovery Network, we are dedicated to helping individuals overcome addiction and heal from trauma. Our personalized and comprehensive approach ensures that you receive the support you need for a brighter and healthier future. Reach out to us today and take the first step towards your journey to recovery.


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 75% of individuals receiving substance abuse treatment have experienced some form of trauma in their lives.

Research published in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation suggests that trauma-informed care can significantly improve treatment outcomes, including reduced substance use and improved psychological well-being.

Trauma-informed care recognizes the impact of trauma on an individual’s life and integrates this understanding into treatment. It focuses on creating a safe and supportive environment for clients, which is not always emphasized in traditional treatment approaches.

While we respect our clients’ privacy, we have witnessed numerous success stories where individuals have achieved lasting recovery by addressing trauma through our comprehensive treatment programs. These stories demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.

Buckeye Recovery Network offers family therapy and support services to help loved ones understand and navigate the complexities of addiction and trauma. Additionally, we can provide referrals to community resources and support groups for families seeking assistance.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.