At Face It TOGETHER, we’re committed to getting people well, regardless of the many obstacles in front of them.
One barrier I hear about every day is childhood trauma.
An issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, childhood trauma is complex, disheartening and can seriously hinder people’s ability to get well.
I’d say at least eight of the 10 clients I see every day have experienced something traumatic, such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
These traumatic life experiences occur at alarming rates and are undoubtedly major public health problems here in Sioux Falls and all over the country.
Not enough people talk about childhood trauma and how it can impact people, or how often it goes hand-in-hand with addiction and mental health problems.
We already know that addiction exists in tandem with other health issues, and there’s more and more research showing a connection between addiction and childhood trauma, or adverse childhood experiences.
The lasting impact of these experiences can make it difficult to find hope or move forward. People hide their issues and pretend everything is okay.
That’s a lot of weight to carry.
When I see a client for the first time, I tell them a little bit of my own story. It’s important for people to understand that they’re not alone, and that they can overcome whatever haunts their past. Whenever someone relates to what I’ve been through, they can see that it’s possible to move on and find wellness.
I firmly believe that your past doesn’t have to define the person you strive to be today. I’m living proof. I’m never going to forget what happened to me, but it doesn’t define how I conduct my life anymore. I use what happened to me to help other people.
It’s not easy, but it is possible.
The important thing to remember is that people get well every day. Sometimes, it means you might need professional support from a licensed counselor or therapist. But as peer coaches, we can share our own experiences to empower you in your own journey.
You or your loved one can overcome this disease, no matter what hardships you are facing. Chances are, one of us at Face It TOGETHER has been there.
You are not alone, and there is hope!