Childhood Mental Health Leading to Addiction in Adulthood

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If you are an adult living with unresolved trauma and addiction, rehab and counseling can help you address mental health issues in a healthy way

Childhood can be a tumultuous time. It can be even more difficult if you are exposed to abuse, neglect or trauma. A child’s mental health may not be taken seriously by adults, but childhood trauma rarely stays in the past. Problems that begin during childhood can lead to addiction as an adult. If you are an adult living with unresolved trauma and addiction, rehab and counseling can help you address mental health issues in a healthy way.

How Childhood Trauma Causes Addiction

The following are potential reasons addiction becomes part of the life of someone who has carried mental illness and trauma from childhood into adulthood:

  • Adult children of alcoholics and drug addicts are more likely to develop their own addiction than those who weren’t exposed to the addictive behaviors in their youth
  • Childhood trauma such as sexual abuse can lead to using drugs or alcohol as an adult to self-medicate unresolved symptoms of trauma
  • Physical and emotional abuse as a child can have a significant impact on your addiction as an adult
  • Adult addicts may have grown up in stable and happy households but did not receive childhood mental health treatment for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues

The addiction you are living with today will impact the people you care about including your spouse and children. The best solution is to reach out for professional family addiction help so that everyone affected can benefit from treatment.

How Counseling Will Help Resolve Mental Health Issues

Undergoing counseling in a rehab setting will allow you to work through your addiction in a productive and safe environment. You will be able to explore the causes of addiction by working through difficult memories from childhood. You will be able to learn coping skills that will help you maintain long-term sobriety. You will undergo individual, group and family counseling and receive the maximum benefit treatment has to offer. Without first working through your childhood trauma or untreated childhood mental health illnesses, you will be unable to get past your addiction. Rehab can help you to regain control of your life by putting the past behind you.

Get Help for Adult Addiction

If you have been living with unresolved mental health issues and addiction, talk with our compassionate counselors. We are here 24 hours a day to help you put your childhood mental health issues or trauma to rest and move on with your life. All calls and phone services are free and confidential, so please call and talk with us today.