We were recently contacted by an organization working to end domestic violence and substance abuse.
In this post we will be sharing some of what we learned from this organization about the ways in which domestic violence, substance abuse, and sexual abuse can be interconnected. To go directly to the resources, click the buttons below. We will be explaining a bit more about these organizations in the post. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, abuse involving drugs or alcohol, abuse from someone with addiction problems, or struggling with addictions as a result of abuse or trauma, please know that there is help available!
To keep reading, note this **TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of types of abuse.
As heartbreaking and disturbing as these statistics are, everyone involved is better off if the issues are addressed. It is understood that addictions are a common part of "coping" with trauma. Traumatic feelings can be so big and so difficult that it can be hard for survivors to live their daily lives, and addictions to substances or behaviors seem to numb the pain and help it become buried further and further. Ultimately, this does not lead to a happy or healthy life - and, in instances of suicide, may even lead to no life at all.
"DrugRehab.com is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). Since 2015, the website has provided researched, fact-based resources for free. Readers can learn about the risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery on DrugRehab.com." Their website has tons of amazing articles, information, and resources, and they have in-person treatment centers with numerous locations around the United States.
We received their information in conjunction with The Recovery Village Ridgefield which is a facility in the Pacific Northwest region of the US. Their mission statement says: "At The Recovery Village Ridgefield Drug and Alcohol Rehab, we specialize in more than just treating substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our primary mission is to change lives, one person at a time. Since we first opened our doors in April 2016, we’ve led hundreds of men and women down the road to recovery, and we hope to lead hundreds more." Their website also provides links to other treatment centers and resources.
These resources are not the only ones available for addictions or addictive behaviors. You may find more information on recovery from specific addictions with the support of 12-Step Groups, including:
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
12-Step programs aren't for everyone, but if nothing else, they can be a free, or low-cost place to start the journey - a place where you will be surrounded by others with the same struggles, looking to support one another, and for you to know that you are not alone. Plus, many meetings have now moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it even easier to find support immediately. Don't be afraid to do a little research on other organizations that help with addiction recovery or domestic violence recovery. Many, many options are available.
Although these factors can be complicated (and I know, because I've been there) the best choice for survivors is to get safe, get healthy, and to deal - not only with addiction recovery or sobriety - but for the underlying causes that motivate people to seek out substances as a coping mechanism in the first place: trauma and unresolved painful emotions. To learn more about healing trauma from the inside out, please visit our Resources for Trauma Survivors page, where you can find videos describing trauma healing, and downloadable PDFs detailing books, trauma healing modalities, and other resources.
Healing IS possible. Today is the perfect day to start.
Lots of love,
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