Trauma is one of the leading causes of addiction, and sexual abuse is one of the most common causes of trauma. Whether it’s a one-time traumatic case of rape or assault or a prolonged chronic pattern of abuse from a trusted relative, sexual abuse causes a variety of long-term issues and can make it incredibly difficult to form healthy relationships and function properly in other areas of life. It’s long been a reality that sexual abuse increases the risk of addiction, a correlation that the National Institute on Drug Abuse has been reporting for decades. Treatment for addiction caused by trauma related to sexual addiction as well as the immediate dependency issues.
Why Does Sexual Abuse Increase the Risk of Addiction?
There are many reasons that people might develop substance use disorder (SUD) after experiencing sexual abuse. One reason is they self-medicate to either forget or numb the pain of the experience. Another reason is that they may have trouble relating to romantic partners in a healthy and normal way, so they start using alcohol or other drugs as an “ice breaker” to quell their anxiety. One of the most common reasons causes of substance use resulting from sexual trauma is because they don’t have an effective support system or means to develop healthy coping skills in order to deal with their issues.
Benefits of Rehab for Sexual Abuse Survivors
Rehab allows you or your loved one to address the root causes of your substance use through group therapy, individualized counseling, and supplemental therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and other types of trauma modalities. It can be hard to know where co-occurring trauma and addiction begin and end in relation to another. Rehab can help you unravel the complex association between these two issues so you can manage your trauma and live the life you deserve. If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction related to sexual abuse, call our admissions representatives to find a trauma-informed rehab near you.
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Florida Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers
Florida has an infamous and unfortunate legacy when it comes to substance use and addiction. At one time, it was ground zero for “pill mills” (pain management clinics that wrote opioid prescriptions for profit) and is still battling substance use on a variety of fronts. Cocaine continues to be a problem in Miami while prescription painkiller abuse still dominates many areas of the state, from Fort Myers to Fort Lauderdale to Fort Walton Beach. Florida ranks second in the nation for the highest rates of overdose deaths, 7,500 overdose deaths in Florida in 2020 compared to just over 5,500 the year before. If you or your loved one are among the thousands in Florida that need help for addiction, there are many resources available to you.
Substance Abuse Treatment Resources in Florida
In response to the explosion of prescription and illicit drug abuse in the state, Florida has given birth to hundreds of treatment facilities, but not all treatment centers will offer the same services or levels of care. Some will offer inpatient treatment and onsite medical detoxification (detox); others will simply offer outpatient counseling and rehab and offsite coordination with detox. The state also offers many treatment facilities that offer Medicare and Medicaid for patients of advanced age or limited financial means. Florida has also become a preferred recovery destination because of the forgiving climate all year round.
Let Us Help You Find A Florida Rehab Center
It can be hard to understand what kind of rehab you need when you’re starting your search for treatment, which is why our representatives are standing by 24-7 to help you find the right kind of care for your care needs, lifestyle and budgetary resources. You don’t have to struggle with substance use on your own anymore. Contact us today so we can help you begin recovery.
- Substance Abuse -Florida Department of Health
- FADAA: Services Arm of the Florida Behavioral Health Association
- Florida Association of Addiction Professionals (FLAAP)