Childhood Trauma and Addiction

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The journey towards overcoming addiction often involves uncovering the underlying factors driving substance abuse. One such significant factor is childhood trauma. At 12 South Recovery, we understand the profound connection between childhood experiences and addictive behaviors, and we’re here to guide you through comprehensive treatment tailored to your needs.

The Impact of Childhood Trauma

Childhood serves as a critical period of development, laying the foundation for emotional and psychological well-being. However, when Emotional Scars: Unresolved trauma can manifest in various ways, impacting mental health and contributing to the development of addiction later in life. Individuals who have experienced childhood trauma may struggle with feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt, or profound sadness. These unresolved emotions can fuel the desire to seek relief through substances.

  • Coping Mechanisms: Addiction often serves as a maladaptive coping mechanism for individuals attempting to numb emotional pain or escape distressing memories associated with childhood trauma. Drugs and alcohol offer temporary relief from overwhelming emotions, but they ultimately exacerbate the cycle of addiction and perpetuate the cycle of suffering.
  • Breaking the Cycle
  • At 12 South Recovery, we believe in addressing addiction and underlying trauma simultaneously to provide our clients with the best chance of long-term recovery. Our comprehensive approach encompasses a range of evidence-based therapies and holistic modalities designed to heal the whole person.
  • Holistic Approach: Our treatment programs take a holistic view of recovery, recognizing that addiction is a multifaceted issue requiring a comprehensive solution. We address not only the symptoms of addiction but also the underlying causes, including childhood trauma.
  • Therapeutic Techniques: From individual and group therapy to experiential modalities such as art therapy, equine therapy, and mindfulness practices, we offer a diverse range of therapeutic modalities to suit our clients’ unique needs. Our trauma-informed care approach ensures that treatment is sensitive to the complexities of childhood trauma and its impact on addiction.
  • Individualized Care: We understand that each person’s journey to recovery is unique. That’s why we tailor our treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of our clients. Whether you require intensive therapy, medication-assisted treatment, or dual diagnosis support, we’re here to provide personalized care every step of the way.

Finding Healing and Hope

Recovery is a journey, and at 12 South Recovery, we’re committed to walking alongside you every step of the way. Our Lake Forest facility provides a safe, supportive environment where you can explore the root causes of your addiction, heal from past traumas, and learn valuable coping skills for long-term sobriety.

Safe Environment: Our tranquil surroundings and state-of-the-art facilities offer a peaceful retreat from the stresses of everyday life, allowing you to focus fully on your recovery journey. Our residential treatment program provides 24/7 support and supervision to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the healing process.

Compassionate Staff: Our team of experienced clinicians, therapists, and support staff are dedicated to providing compassionate care and unwavering support to our clients. We understand the courage it takes to confront addiction and trauma, and we’re here to offer guidance, encouragement, and empathy every step of the way.

Community Connection: In addition to individualized therapy, our program emphasizes the importance of community and peer support in the recovery process. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with others who have walked a similar path, sharing experiences, insights, and encouragement in a safe and supportive environment.

Reach Out to Us Today!

If you’re ready to take the first step towards healing from childhood trauma and addiction, we’re here to help. Contact 12 South Recovery today at 866-860-3471 to learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs and begin your journey to a brighter, healthier future.


Childhood trauma can disrupt healthy development and lead to coping mechanisms like substance abuse as individuals seek to numb emotional pain or escape distressing memories.

Any form of abuse, neglect, or significant life stressors during childhood, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, parental substance abuse, domestic violence, or the loss of a loved one, can contribute to addiction.

Yes, our integrated treatment approach addresses both addiction and underlying trauma simultaneously, incorporating evidence-based therapies and holistic modalities designed to heal the whole person.

Treatment duration varies depending on individual needs, but our goal is to provide comprehensive support throughout your recovery journey. Our residential treatment program typically lasts between 30 to 90 days, with the option for extended care as needed.

Absolutely. We offer robust aftercare programs to help you maintain sobriety and continue your healing beyond residential treatment. Our aftercare services may include outpatient therapy, sober living arrangements, support groups, and ongoing follow-up care to ensure your long-term success in recovery.

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