Understanding the Different Types of Trauma

man struggling with one of the types of trauma

Understanding the Different Types of Trauma

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health

For many individuals struggling with addiction, a deeper issue tends to be the culprit. One of the most common misconceptions surrounding addiction is that the individual simply made a bad decision and began using harmful substances. However, this is rarely the case. In many cases, an underlying mental health disorder can be the main reason behind addiction. And for some, the reason for that disorder is due to a traumatic experience they’ve had. This is why trauma-informed care is so essential when it comes to addiction treatment. Trauma therapy can help an individual move past their experience instead of internalizing their emotions and using harmful substances to cope. Before you receive the care you need, it’s also important to understand the different types of trauma.

What is Trauma?

A traumatic experience is defined as an experience that is deeply disturbing or distressing. It is also commonly linked to the mental health disorder of post-traumatic stress disorder. However, there are multiple types of trauma that people can experience. Different experiences can also lead to other mental health disorders besides PTSD. Anxiety and depression are also prevalent in those who have gone through traumatic experiences before.

If you have experienced a traumatic event, it’s crucial to get the help and support you need instead of turning to harmful substances to cope.

Types of Trauma

The different types of trauma include the following:

  • Natural disasters- Any type of natural event like a tornado, hurricane, or other incidents that cause significant damage and creates feelings of fear and grief.
  • Loss- The death of an individual close to you, especially an unexpected death, can be traumatic.
  • Community violence- Witnessing acts of violence at school or within the community can have lasting effects.
  • Medical incident- Dealing with a serious illness, experiencing a severe injury, or having an invasive procedure can be traumatic and have lasting effects.
  • Childhood trauma- Neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and other maltreatment can be detrimental to the development of a child and lead to problems well into adulthood.
  • Domestic violence- This is the threatened or actual act of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse within an intimate relationship.
  • Sexual assault- This trauma comes from any unwanted or involuntary acts of a sexual nature towards an individual.
  • War violence- This trauma comes from the exposure of war, experiencing an act of terrorism, or being involved in war combat.

While some of these types of trauma are often discussed and recognized, it’s important to understand all types of trauma and how they can lead to individuals abusing substances later in life. Recognizing that you’re struggling with trauma can be the first step in finding the help you need to cope and move forward.

Trauma-Informed Care at Lakeview Health

The team at Lakeview Health takes a trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment in order to keep our clients safe and comfortable during their time with us. We understand how addiction and trauma are connected, and we recognize the different types of trauma people can experience. Through dual diagnosis treatment, we are able to help our clients recover from both their addiction and their trauma in order to break the dangerous cycle they’ve been experiencing. We teach our clients the coping skills they need to discuss and work through their experiences in a way that doesn’t retraumatize them and harm their mental health.

To learn more about the different types of trauma and how to begin recovering from both trauma and addiction, contact Lakeview Health today at 866.704.7692.

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