The roots of addiction rarely begin with one person. Many can trace patterns
of addition, trauma, and drug-related deaths in their families back through
generations. CDP Healthcare’s
Compass Care program is working hard against opioid addiction by focusing on education,
prevention and recovery to help break these intergenerational patterns.
What is addiction?
Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions
among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual's
life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors
that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences
due to difficulty stopping or moderating. Addiction can lead to a variety
of mental health disorders including depression and anxiety as well as
other psychological problems due to the trauma experienced.
How common are drug overdose deaths?
There were 70,630 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2019, with
South Dakota experiencing more than a 20% increase in all drug overdose
deaths during that year. In 2020, the South Dakota Department of Health
reported 84 overdose deaths in the state. In broad perspective, Substance
Use Disorders (SUDs) affect over 20 million Americans aged 12 and over.
What is intergenerational trauma?
Intergenerational trauma refers to the ways in which trauma experienced
in the past can impact the health and well-being of future generations
- passing down from parents to children and continuing a legacy of pain
and denial of trauma.
What are examples of traumatic events that lead to intergenerational trauma?
Traumatic events that may lead to intergenerational trauma include parental
incarceration, divorce, addiction, alcohol or substance use disorder,
domestic violence, certain parenting behaviors, and more.
How do you break the cycle of intergenerational trauma?
Children of trauma survivors must be willing to work through their family's
trauma - open and honest communication can open up channels of healing
and foster resilience to help break the cycle. There are many different
types of therapy to help combat intergenerational trauma.