Healing Trauma With the Hippocampus

A lot of recovering sexual addicts find, during rehab, that their addictions actually stem from past traumas. Knowing this can actually help them heal from their past and eventually, from their addictions.

Do you struggle with past trauma that might be feeding your addiction? If so, keep reading below as we learn about the hippocampus and how healing it can lead you towards a healthier, happier recovery.

What is the hippocampus?

The hippocampus is the region of the brain that is associated with memories, learning, and emotion. It is located at the center of the brain, near the brainstem, and it is responsible for a lot.

What does it do?

The hippocampus regulates your memories, past and present, and organizes them into your thoughts and emotions. In other words, it’s like a puzzle piece assembler of your memory.

The effects of trauma

When functioning normally, the hippocampus is able to differentiate between past and present memories, giving you complete control of your thoughts. However, when you experience a trauma, there may be damage done to the hippocampus. Generally, this trauma results in your brain not being able to separate past and present memories. In other words, it means that you’re unable to process painful memories and separate them from current life.

Sometimes, this is seen in veterans dealing with PTSD. Sometimes, this is made apparent in adults struggling with past sexual or physical assaults. In most cases, past trauma can lead to unhealthy behaviors that mask the pain instead of confronting it.

As an addict, you may be discovering your own past traumas and finding that your hippocampus is struggling to make sense of it all. If that’s the case, you should start learning how to heal your hippocampus as a part of your overall addiction recovery process. If you’re not able to get to the root of the pain, you’ll never be able to fully heal.

Healing with the hippocampus

The first step in healing with the hippocampus is to create a dual focus, which allows you focus on the past and the present while differentiating between the two openly. This can be done by practicing the wheel of awareness or other focusing techniques. Once you can do this, you’ll be able to recognize the past for what it is, heal from it, and move forward without it holding you back in the present. 

Ask for help

If you are a recovering addict that is struggling to come to terms with past memories and trauma, know that you’re not alone. At Coeur d’Alene Counseling, we specialize in helping people just like you heal from their painful past and their subsequent sexual addiction, leading to a healthy recovery.

Don’t live with the pain. Give us a call today and schedule your appointment. We can help you move beyond the past and towards a brighter, healthier future!