Not a lot of good things happen to people who get caught up in the cycle of addiction. In many cases, they end up watching the quality of their lives disintegrate into the abyss. For others, the negative impact can be sudden, including involvement in a drunk driving incident that changes lives.
You see, that’s the nature of addiction. It’s a disease that takes from people all that it can until each person decides to get off the train leading to destruction. It’s good to know that a majority of the alcoholics in the world do make it off that train before tragedy strikes. For the ones who have to suffer the consequences of a disease they can’t control, we can only hope they will eventually find a way to recover before the inevitable.
If you are reading this information, it indicates alcohol may be exerting undue influence over your life. If you have fallen into full-blown alcohol addiction, we hope you read something here that will make a difference.
To be clear, you can turn things around no matter where you are in the cycle of addiction. The first step in the recovery process is one that you have to take on your own. You have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. You ultimately have to be willing to admit you are powerless over alcohol. If you can get to that point, you will realize help is much closer than you could have ever imagined.
Until you reach the point of surrender and asking for help, you will need to accept the fact you will remain vulnerable to any number of serious problems. Your problems could include, if they don’t already:
- Financial difficulties
- Problems at work or school, maybe the loss of a job
- Health problems related to the alcohol abuse
- Legal problems, including divorce or participation in illegal activities
- The onset of depression and anxiety
As bad as these circumstances might be, things could get worse. Please continue reading.
Does Alcohol Abuse Make You More Vulnerable to Trauma?
As your substance abuse disorder takes over control of your life, you become more vulnerable. That includes becoming more vulnerable to trauma-related things that might happen to you while under the influence.
How many times have you been in a bar at 2:00 in the morning with absolutely no idea what you are doing or where you might be? That certainly makes you vulnerable to the criminal element that loves to prey on people who can’t protect themselves. Just thinking of the possibilities of what could happen to you in this very scenario should give you pause.
How about all of the times you got behind the wheel of a car, thinking you would have no issue making it from point A to point B? It’s quite possible that getting arrested for a DUI is not all that scary to you, something you would not consider traumatic.
But what if you significantly injured someone in a car accident? That’s the kind of trauma your drinking makes possible in your life.
To answer the titled question, yes, your alcohol abuse makes you extremely vulnerable to trauma taking over your life. The good news is you can stop that from happening by simply turning yourself over to the idea of getting help.
The time you would spend in a rehab facility would be the amount of time it takes to save you from alcohol-related trauma. While going through treatment, you would get a chance to learn the truth about your addiction. Armed with that information, you could work hard to learn how to help yourself. You can help yourself by learning new coping and life skills that will serve as a line of defense against your triggers and any temptation that might come along.
At some point in our lives, we all go through a traumatic event. As an alcoholic, your chances of it happening are a bit higher than someone who doesn’t suffer from a substance abuse problem.
Before you suffer drinking-related trauma, we would like the opportunity to help you with your addiction. We have the right resources here in our treatment facility to help get you safely on the road to recovery. If you would allow us to help you, you can reach out to us at any time day or night by calling 833-820-2922. Recovery is one call away.