Surviving a traumatic event can leave painful scars both physically and emotionally. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, paranoia, flashbacks and nightmares may all result from traumatic experiences, and there is no way to predict how survivors will respond. Victims of trauma often feel overwhelmed and are unable to cope with all of these symptoms.
Without treatment, these survivors may bottle up their emotion which will damage their health. Searching for comfort, numbness or escape, many survivors turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their problems. Unfortunately, this will only pave the road to a dark and dangerous life.
How Money Affects Trauma and Substance Abuse
Money plays a significant role in both trauma and substance abuse. Those living with financial concerns, poverty and unemployment experience high levels of stress which contribute to substance abuse.
Financial troubles can cause anxiety, tension, depression and a long list of emotional concerns. Some survivors become lost, hopeless and drown their problems with drugs or alcohol. Households and relationships accompanied by substance abuse are a recipe for disaster.
Abuse, violence and crime all commonly result from substance abuse. Families exposed to this lifestyle tend to follow the same behavioral patterns, which creates a cycle of substance abuse, trauma and financial crisis.
How Finances Keep Victims of Trauma from Treatment
Victims of trauma often avoid treatment because they think it’s costly. Self-medicating problems with drugs or alcohol becomes the answer to their problems. Drug or alcohol abuse will undoubtedly lead to more complicated, chaotic, troublesome and painful lives.
The consequences of substance abuse are far more costly then getting treatment. Struggling with a co-occurring disorder (addiction and trauma) is especially dangerous. The symptoms from the traumatic experience will only worsen, making the pain eventually unbearable. Relationships will suffer, jobs will be threatened and opportunities will be lost.
Survivors of trauma or substance abuse must know that there are affordable treatment programs that can help. Insurance covers the cost of many rehab programs and there are options for those without health insurance: government funding, non-profit aid and payment plans all help those in financial need. The cost of living with a co-occurring disorder is astronomical compared to the costs of getting well.