Out of control. Rock-bottom. Skid-row. Oblivion. Some of the many words we use to describe the end of the road for addiction.
Oblivion is the fourth and final post in my series introducing “The Vortex of Trauma & Addiction”. It is the result of coping with overwhelming anxiety, chronic stress and trauma by numbing and shutting down by mood-altering. Rather than being able to heal and recover, a person engages in unhealthy ways of managing the overwhelming aspects of their lives. It is the disconnection from healthy relationships and resources that provide support through the painful parts of life. Although “oblivion” isn’t an official clinical term in addiction treatment, it reflects the reality of many people who reach this stage.Read More