Trauma, addiction and relationships

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This is an introduction to the relationship between trauma, addiction and relationship problems. Addictions cause so much pain in relationships. Many people think that the problem is the addiction, when in fact the addiction often develops as a solution to the impact that past trauma has had  on a person. I hope this video helps you to understand the way that trauma can lead to addiction and the way that both trauma and addiction can impact on relationships. In relationships affected by addiction one person often finds themselves pushing for change while the other feels attacked and retreats.  Therapy can help identify and change this dynamic. Therapy can also support the person who experienced trauma to recover, so that they can be fully present in the relationship.