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Dealing with Trauma from Growing up Around Domestic Violence

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If you grew up witnessing domestic violence in your household, but were never physically harmed yourself, you are still a victim of abuse.  Child abuse takes many forms, and the emotional toll of being exposed to the abuse of a caretaker can have life-long implications on the well-being of a child.  Children who witness abuse are more likely to end up in abusive relationships as adults, both becoming victims and perpetrators. These kinds of childhood traumas often result in serious mental illnesses and may also lead to a lifetime battle with addiction if left untreated. Research into the effects of abuse on a child’s brain development has produced some startling findings in recent years.  Not only does witnessing domestic violence effect a child’s brain, but the effect is equal to that of a child who experienced the abuse themselves.  The trauma of abuse in the household can stunt a child’s brain development in a way that dramatically increases the likelihood of learning disabilities and chronic depression later in life.  Some experts even go so far as to compare this kind of abuse with the post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by soldiers. Because growing up in an abusive household increases the likelihood of lasting mental and emotional pain, this kind of trauma also often leads to substance abuse.  On top of the neurological damage, witnessing abuse can be incredibly stressful, and victims often turn to drugs and alcohol in order to cope. If you feel that your childhood trauma may have contributed to a substance addiction, and you decide to seek help, your treatment will be structured in a way that focuses on healing the wounds of your past.  Through individual counseling and therapeutic techniques, you will be given the tools necessary to make peace with your experiences without leaning on your addiction.   

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.