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Comparing Physics to Trauma and Alcohol Abuse

The Physics of Trauma and Alcohol Abuse Treatment

image of woman for Gulf Breeze Recovery non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehabIn 1686, Isaac Newton wrote that three “laws” of physics govern motion. We’re all familiar with Newton’s Third Law — that for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. How can this law be compared with trauma and alcohol abuse? More than you might think!

For example, if a person survives a terrible car accident, she or he might feel nervous about riding in a car again. In comparing with Newton’s Third Law, the accident was the action causing psychological trauma, which is the brain’s reaction. The body then responds to that trauma with its own physical symptom reactions, as well.

Mental and physical trauma fall under Newton's laws too.

Newton’s law dictates the reaction must be equal to the action, we know that the severity of the trauma-inducing event will directly impact the severity of the mental and physical trauma experienced. Every person reacts differently to various traumatic events. However, there is always a reaction of some kind, whether it displays externally or not. In other words, no matter how good a person is at trying to hide it or how “blind” they are to it, somewhere inside they’re struggling and those issues will eventually find outlets.

For many people to cope with internal feelings of stress, anxiety, or other trauma-related symptoms, they may turn to behaviors that help distract, calm, or numb them. One of the most typical behaviors such people engage in is the consumption of alcohol. However, though it is fast and easy, alcohol use is an ineffective and dangerous way to self-medicate. For starters, it’s addictive and can lead to Alcohol Abuse Disorder, with some users being more susceptible than others.

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There’s no doubt about it; drinking in America is extremely popular.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health discovered that over 86% of people 18 or older have tried alcohol, with more than 55% saying they have drank in the last 30 days (note, that statistic doesn’t include minors). The same study found that 14.4 million adults and an estimated half a million minors under 18 had AUD. While consuming the occasional alcoholic beverage may be safe for most persons, studies show that it clearly poses a grave risk to a large percentage, leading to substance abuse.

Who makes up that at-risk percentage? As you might expect, that group contains a high number of persons suffering from symptoms of trauma. Indeed, many drinkers who develop a problem already have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a related issue. When a substance abuse disorder (like AUD) is combined with a mental health disorder (like PTSD), this is known as a Co-Occurring Disorder.

Some persons experiencing these issues may be undiagnosed, or not realize how past unresolved traumas are still contributing to their ongoing problems. Meanwhile, people with co-occurring disorders cannot see the forest for the trees, meaning they don’t realize how all these matters feed into each other. The big picture is hard to see when one is experiencing day-to-day problems such as depression, anxiety, intoxication, hangovers, or dealing with the consequences of actions while under the influence.

image of private beach, pool, and private fishing pier at Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step alcohol treatment center in FloridaEither problem — AUD or a trauma-related disorder — is extraordinarily difficult to solve on one’s own.

Combined, the odds of successful self-treatment shrink to virtually zero. This is where we can compare Sir Newton’s First Law. To paraphrase, for purposes of this comparison, an object in motion will not stop by itself, it needs help to stop; otherwise it will keep going along the same path. Without external counseling and treatment, the problems resulting from trauma can continue indefinitely.

Gulf Breeze Recovery strives to offer the best and most comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment options in the country, with plans of treatment tailored to fit individual needs.  Our professional and medical staff are available to meet all your needs for high-quality substance abuse treatment.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

The Physics of Trauma and Alcohol Abuse Treatment

image of woman for Gulf Breeze Recovery non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehabIn 1686, Isaac Newton wrote that three “laws” of physics govern motion. We’re all familiar with Newton’s Third Law — that for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. How can this law be compared with trauma and alcohol abuse? More than you might think!

For example, if a person survives a terrible car accident, she or he might feel nervous about riding in a car again. In comparing with Newton’s Third Law, the accident was the action causing psychological trauma, which is the brain’s reaction. The body then responds to that trauma with its own physical symptom reactions, as well.

Mental and physical trauma fall under Newton's laws too.

Newton’s law dictates the reaction must be equal to the action, we know that the severity of the trauma-inducing event will directly impact the severity of the mental and physical trauma experienced. Every person reacts differently to various traumatic events. However, there is always a reaction of some kind, whether it displays externally or not. In other words, no matter how good a person is at trying to hide it or how “blind” they are to it, somewhere inside they’re struggling and those issues will eventually find outlets.

For many people to cope with internal feelings of stress, anxiety, or other trauma-related symptoms, they may turn to behaviors that help distract, calm, or numb them. One of the most typical behaviors such people engage in is the consumption of alcohol. However, though it is fast and easy, alcohol use is an ineffective and dangerous way to self-medicate. For starters, it’s addictive and can lead to Alcohol Abuse Disorder, with some users being more susceptible than others.

image of woman in treatment

There’s no doubt about it; drinking in America is extremely popular.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health discovered that over 86% of people 18 or older have tried alcohol, with more than 55% saying they have drank in the last 30 days (note, that statistic doesn’t include minors). The same study found that 14.4 million adults and an estimated half a million minors under 18 had AUD. While consuming the occasional alcoholic beverage may be safe for most persons, studies show that it clearly poses a grave risk to a large percentage, leading to substance abuse.

Who makes up that at-risk percentage? As you might expect, that group contains a high number of persons suffering from symptoms of trauma. Indeed, many drinkers who develop a problem already have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a related issue. When a substance abuse disorder (like AUD) is combined with a mental health disorder (like PTSD), this is known as a Co-Occurring Disorder.

Some persons experiencing these issues may be undiagnosed, or not realize how past unresolved traumas are still contributing to their ongoing problems. Meanwhile, people with co-occurring disorders cannot see the forest for the trees, meaning they don’t realize how all these matters feed into each other. The big picture is hard to see when one is experiencing day-to-day problems such as depression, anxiety, intoxication, hangovers, or dealing with the consequences of actions while under the influence.

image of private beach, pool, and private fishing pier at Gulf Breeze Recovery's non-12 step alcohol treatment center in FloridaEither problem — AUD or a trauma-related disorder — is extraordinarily difficult to solve on one’s own.

Combined, the odds of successful self-treatment shrink to virtually zero. This is where we can compare Sir Newton’s First Law. To paraphrase, for purposes of this comparison, an object in motion will not stop by itself, it needs help to stop; otherwise it will keep going along the same path. Without external counseling and treatment, the problems resulting from trauma can continue indefinitely.

Gulf Breeze Recovery strives to offer the best and most comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment options in the country, with plans of treatment tailored to fit individual needs.  Our professional and medical staff are available to meet all your needs for high-quality substance abuse treatment.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

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