The Connection Between Trauma and Alcoholic Thinking

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As we stumble blindly through this world learning the daily tricks of the trade, most who aren’t oblivious to their emotions cycle through an onslaught of dissimilar feelings throughout the course of their day. From devilish like emotions resemblant of anger, to the simple bliss’ that can remind us of the innocence of childhood, there are a slew of different core feelings that we experience on our spectrum.

Of those, addicts particularly love to feel sorry for themselves. We are the absolute best at victimization. Yet, what if there’s something bigger at hand and it’s not victimizing? Where do we draw the fine line in the sand separating something like trauma and the enjoyment of being a martyr?

There’s always that type of person that clings onto the victim responsibility hardcore and embodies the very definition of self oppression. Even so, there those that have dealt with things that leave a much larger footprint. Things that require time and remedial treatment to help heal the wound. Nobody’s perfect at all. After all, we are all human beings having a questionable experience we call the journey of life.

On this voyage, the call for the unexpected will happen quite a bit, but it’s all a matter of how we deal with it. Do we let “it” fester for a lifetime inside us, or do we process everything and move forward as stronger people? The same question goes for the dreaded disease of alcoholic thinking as well. This is where the connection between trauma and alcoholic thinking comes into play.

Healing the Wound

Understanding and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Syndrome can be broken down into many processes, usually starting by simply talking one on one with a therapist or counselor in a private setting. This proceeding is typically achieved through identifying the deep rooted discomfort in one’s life that never seems to heal.

The reality of reality is that everything/everybody can heal if given the opportunity. Incorporating this type of therapy opens up previously closed doors assumed to be indefinitely locked. Working through trauma therapy is generally dependent on a number of variables, some of which include being ready for things like:

  • Honesty
  • Willingness
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Disclosure
  • Open Mindedness
  • Emotional Stability

No matter where we are or what we are doing, trauma can come back to us whether we like it or not. This is where we begin to see the void between trauma and addiction. Either can be provoked through something as simple as a smell, sound, or sight that launches a sense of discomfort as unwarranted memories flood the forefronts of our minds. The right triggers can launch any bit of serenity right into chaos. However, in dealing with both trauma and addiction, we are learning an art form that allows us to trudge through painful remembrances while ultimately avoiding escapisms as a crutch.     

Sores Turn to Scabs

As mentioned prior, dealing with trauma and addiction simultaneously is a painless process that involves recalling certain events while working in a productive manner to understand them entirely. Usually this is a solo therapeutic setting but sometimes group therapy is more appropriate in certain instances. The goal is for it to be painless either way though.

Patients are not required to undergo the moments or relive the discomfort of their past necessarily. They are educated how to address them in a mature, calm manner that can help them dislodge the trauma from upstairs. In the end, the simple goal is to eliminate the emotions, thoughts, or memories that may be associated from any preexistent form of trauma.

Understanding trauma also means understanding that it doesn’t have to be a tragic event necessarily. The practice of trauma therapy helps to break down the fact that trauma can be any past event, whether simple or difficult, that causes an array of emotions that can be upsetting, exciting, confusing, or simply uncomfortable. It helps those who utilize it truly understand what trauma actually is. Most don’t realize that the effects of what they deal with on that subconscious layer is often correlated to the distress. Unfortunately, whatever the reason of the trauma, there’s usually a reason why most stuff it down and attempt to remember to forget. The same can also be said for most of addiction’s origins in an individual.  

Scabs Turn to Scars

When in active addition, we tend to think in an irrational manner allowing our alcoholic thinking to take over in its rude and inconsiderate ways. This can increase and heighten the negative feelings that some traumas bring us. This obviously no good.

Bringing trauma to the table while dealing with addiction allows us to focus particularly on how we react to external stimulation. Both trauma and addiction require kind of hitting the reset button and possibly changing specific patterns in life; ie, people, places, and things. It’s also about allowing ourselves to be present/aware as we face all the challenges of life head on.

When you stop and think about it, life is never so much about what happens to us exactly, but is more so how we end up reacting to it. It’s a classic battle of logic versus emotion, irrationality versus rationality, and health versus disease. This disease can be starved, just the same as any bit post traumatic stress. Neither have to rule us if we decide so. It takes a clear and ready mind to deal with trauma properly. If we can just kick all the garbage substances to the curb, the true healing can finally begin in so many ways. Getting better has never been easier when you give yourself the chance. It’s just a simple matter of natural mental restoration.

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