So how does trauma affect the brain? Advances in neuroscience have given us a lot of insight. Trauma affects the amygdala centers of the brain. The amygdala is the part of the brain that perceives and detects threats. Trauma pushes the amygdala center into overdrive- causing a person to continuously be on the lookout for threats, even when they are obviously safe. This can cause your loved one anxiety, fear, and a sense of vulnerability.
The hippocampus, which processes memories, is another part of the brain that is affected by trauma. Trauma can cause the hippocampus to go awry – reminding the person of the same traumatic memories repeatedly.
Lastly, the cortex which is deep inside the brain, and known as the control center, can go into constant survival mode. This can override logical thinking and negatively impact cognitive processes. When the cortex is affected by trauma and substance abuse, it can remove a large portion of an individual’s self-control.
This is why the same addictive behaviors are repeated despite wanting to stop. No matter the degree that the brain is affected, there is hope for rehabilitation in those who have experienced trauma and addiction. A Better Today offers individualized treatment that can get your loved one back in control.