Trauma and addiction go hand-in-hand. There is a reason for this. Experiencing something traumatic can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues.
Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD from a traumatic experience. Statistics indicate that at least one in five women will be raped at some point during her life. In addition to sexual violence, women are also victims of domestic violence and childhood abuse. This leaves them susceptible to experiencing post-traumatic stress.
Women often turn to drugs like crystal meth, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and prescription narcotics to numb the pain of PTSD. It is a maladaptive and ineffective way to cope with trauma. Nevertheless, women often find comfort in their drug or alcohol use in the beginning. Before long, they are hooked.
Living with a mental disorder can be very painful and disruptive. Symptoms include frequent nightmares, anxiety, depression, flashbacks, relationship problems, and suicidal ideations. These experiences can feel like too much to bear. Trauma treatment should always be considered among women who want to get sober.