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Homelessness and Addiction after Trauma

Homelessness and Addiction after TraumaThe effects of trauma can cause serious effects including a form of anxiety disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People can recover from a trauma and move forward with their lives. Trauma can also motivate an individual to make changes that will better his or her life and provide more fulfillment or teach valuable lessons. However, trauma can cause lasting negative effects if it remains unaddressed.

Homelessness Addiction and Other Effects of Trauma and PTSD

The effects of trauma can cause so much physical, mental and emotional pain on an individual that he or she feels incapable of dealing with it. This is not a moment of weakness as some events and experiences are just so horrific or frightening that humans are unable to cope with the skills, knowledge and resources they possess. Sometimes people need a little help getting over a trauma and the effects it leaves behind.

Homelessness and addiction often go together. Each issue creates several high-risk factors that may influence the other. Both homelessness and addiction are common consequences that result after trauma, and since both homelessness and addiction frequently co-occur, trauma is a major risk-factor for both issues.

After surviving a trauma or traumatic experiences, individuals tend to display the following symptoms:

  • Vivid flashbacks, memories, or nightmares (re-living the trauma)
  • Feeling overcome with fear or helplessness
  • Feeling on-edge or hyper-vigilant
  • Lacking the ability to trust or get emotionally close to others
  • Feeling agitated or irritable, having mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling angry, aggressive, or the need to be defensive
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Lacking interest in things one like to do
  • Wanting to disconnect from the world or avoid relationships and remain emotionally numb
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, self-blame, or despair

The Relationship between Homelessness Addiction and Trauma (PTSD)

PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and a wide-array of other illnesses commonly result after trauma. These issues along with avoidance symptoms and social isolation can make it difficult for individuals to function in their everyday roles and responsibilities. The effects of trauma and mental health issues will make work, parenting and responsibilities tough to perform. A person can lose his or her job, get into financial difficulties, encounter more mental health problems, become homeless and later resort to drug and alcohol abuse. Individuals may use drugs and alcohol beforehand to alleviate the painful symptom of trauma. Addiction after trauma can also interfere with a person’s ability to perform at work and home, and it can also cause mental health problems that can contribute to homelessness.

There are several ways that each of these issues can cause the other. By getting help after a trauma, a person can avoid all of this terrible devastation. When negative effects from a trauma or symptoms of PTSD start to impact one’s life, he or she should seek treatment help immediately to prevent these issues from having a contagious effect creating more damage along the way.

Prevent Addiction and Homelessness: Find Recovery Help after Trauma

If you or someone you love has experienced trauma and is having a difficult time coping, please call our toll-free helpline for help. We are available 24 hours a day to help find and connect you with the treatment and recovery services that will work for you. Whether you have questions, need basic information, or are ready to find treatment now, we can help.