New therapy offer for addicted women

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Therapy of addicted women taking into account traumatic childhood experiences

Addictions are often related to traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect. In a current study, researchers from the Hannover Medical School (MHH) are investigating this connection between addiction and traumatic childhood experiences together with scientists from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE).

“Addiction problems are one of the most common consequences of early violence and neglect,” reports the MHH. "Around half of all people in addiction treatment experienced early abuse or neglect." In return, around a third of all people who started trauma therapy had addiction problems. The MHH and UKE scientists have therefore started a study to prove "that trauma therapy is particularly successful in the treatment of addiction problems." For this purpose, the MHH addiction outpatient clinic offers a special therapy program for women with addiction problems and past traumatic events or particularly stressful experiences. The study is part of the Germany-wide CANSAS project on child abuse and substance addiction. The research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 1.8 million euros.

Addictive substances to suppress traumatic experiences According to the MHH, "women who consume alcohol, drugs or other addictive substances have often had very stressful traumatic experiences." The addictive substances were used almost like medication to deal with the consequences of the experiences. As a result, "evolve Side effectsthese addictive substances and the problems that should actually be combated are increasing, “reports the MHH. The special group therapies offered therefore take into account not only addiction but also the consequences of trauma. The goal is not to process traumatic experiences, "but to psychologically stabilize the participants and their current life situation," according to the Hannover Medical School.

Group therapy sessions in Hanover According to the researchers, the therapy is aimed specifically "at women with addiction problems who have had traumatic or particularly stressful experiences." Five to six participants would meet once a week in the addiction clinic of the MHH for a group therapy session. "The offer is free of charge and can be used as a supplement to a therapy that is already running," said the MHH. (fp)

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