There is a number of different ways to look at the relationship between trauma and addiction, but there is no way to dismiss the facts that trauma and addiction are intertwined in a complex relationship. There is something to be said for trauma being a risk factor for substance abuse and also something to be said for substance abuse being a risk factor for trauma. It is also important not to neglect mental health and dual diagnosis issues into the equation. Often someone with a mental illness and trauma will self-medicate both issues which can turn into dependency and then addiction.
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