Many types of trauma, including; domestic violence, rape, emotional abuse, physical abuse, etc. can change a person’s life. Even as physical marks heal, emotional scars are left making it difficult to function. One of the most common coping mechanisms is drug and alcohol use which can, (and often does), lead to substance abuse/addiction. Most people do not plan to form an addiction, but the damage caused by any type of trauma affects each person in a different way. Many seek to escape memories, soothe pain, be in control, and create a world they can tolerate; however, they approach these good intentions in unhealthy ways. Fortunately, there are many resources to help anyone who struggles.

Sites dedicated to trauma and substance abuse education:


Sources in our community to help with substance abuse and healing:


·        Catalyst Life Services offering mental health assistance for all ages and comprehensive programs for substance abuse, vocational rehabilitation, hearing impairments, and crisis intervention including a 24hour helpline and warmline [419-522-HELP (4357)], Peer Support Services/OASIS Club consumer drop-in center. Clients may be referred or self-admit. Catalyst accepts all payer sources and offers financial assistance. Catalyst is constantly evolving to meet community needs. For more details please visit or call 419-756-1717.


·        NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Richland County) offers support groups, education and advocacy for individuals, families and caregivers of those living with mental health issues. All NAMI classes and support groups are free to the public so you never have to feel alone in your journey to recovery.

NAMI Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board office, 87 East First St, lower level. It is a confidential and safe support group for families or support persons of individuals living with mental illness. It is a great place to gain information on resources and how to best advocate, support, and find hope for your loved one and your family. Call the NAMI office at (419) 522-6264 for further information of visit us on FACEBOOK at NAMI Richland County. All NAMI classes and support groups are free to the public so you never have to feel alone in your journey to recovery. For more details please visit or call 419-522-NAMI (6264).


·        Mansfield UMADAOP (Urban Minority Alcohol & Drug Addiction Outreach Program) Offers outpatient services specializing in Medication Assisted Treatment, Mental Health services specializing in Adolescent Care and Alcohol or Drug (AOD)/Mental Health Dual Diagnoses, AOD Prevention Services, Circle for Recovery of Ohio – Ex-offender Program, Help Me Grow for new mothers. UMADAOP accepts all payer sources including some private insurance. Clients can self admit, be court ordered or referred by other agencies. UMADAOP has a Recovery Housing program for men and is planning to open additional Recovery Housing sites. For more details please visit or call 419-525-3525.


Visit for a full list of service providers.


Sources: Meadows, B. (May 2015). The Top Trauma That Causes Addiction. Retrieved from:
Rosenthal, M. (March 2015). Trauma and Addiction: 7 Reasons Your Habit Makes Perfect Sense. Retrieved from:
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