Childhood trauma and addiction, unfortunately, go hand in hand quite often. According to SAMHSA: In the United States, 61 percent of men and 51 percent of women report exposure to at least one-lifetime traumatic event, and 90 percent of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma. In addition, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACES) found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5,000 percent more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders, or become IV drug users.
Our guest on this episode of the podcast, Patricia Moceo, has experienced the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and subsequent struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and now shares her story to help reach others with her message of hope and healing. Her story is well documented in many outlets across the internet, and both Joanne and I had the pleasure of being the first time that Tricia shared her story verbally on a podcast. If this experience was any indication, she will surely go on to speak on many more podcasts and other outlets.
Tricia Moceo advocates long term sobriety by providing resources to recovering addicts and shedding light on the disease of addiction. Tricia is a mother of two, actively involved in her local recovery community, and is passionate about helping other women find hope in seemingly hopeless situations. She is also an Outreach Specialist for Recovery Local, a local addiction/recovery based marketing company. She advocates long term sobriety by writing for many addiction recovery outlets online.
Tricia also wrote for Surviving My Past, with a piece entitled “The Comeback: Confronting PTSD in Sobriety” It was that blog post that really inspired us to reach out to her and see if she might be interested in coming on the podcast to talk more about her recovery. We’re honored to bring you that chat we had with her recently.
During our talk, Tricia shares more of her personal survivor story, which included being molested by a family member starting at 5 years, and then her attempt at reaching out for help during a school seminar, which would ultimately pushed into decades of staying silent, internalizing the shame, and trying to deal with it on her own.
The lack of support and understanding of just how much her past was affecting her as she grew up, lead to experimenting with alcohol late in high school, and then more heavily in college, eventually leading to her dropping out because the numbing and avoiding that had taken over through addiction.
When her stepmom passed away of a heart attack, she was left to try and hold the family together, while still taking care of her young son, resulting in a turn to drugs to help cope. The perfect storm of losing one of her only support outlets, combined with her existing struggles with alcohol, and running the family business virtually on her own, caused her to spiral into drug addiction, unhealthy relationships, co-dependency, other unhealthy coping skills which eventually found her in the midst of a Child Protective Services case and the reality that she may lose her son.
Tricia talks about the rock bottom moment of sitting in a jail cell, detoxing on a cold cement floor and realizing something had to change. Through the help of her caseworkers at CPS, she checked herself into a rehabilitation facility and began the process of healing. It was during that healing process that she finally found a healthy support system, including a therapist that she felt safe enough with to finally talk about the childhood trauma she experienced and the resulting CPTSD symptoms that she had battled her whole life.
Tricia’s story of overcoming not only childhood trauma, but also addiction, and nearly losing her son to her struggles, can definitely provide hope to others who may be struggling in the wake of a traumatic past. If you or something you know is struggling with overcoming childhood trauma and battling addiction, please take Tricia’s story to heart and take that first step in asking for help.
If you’d like more information on Patricia Moceo, just simply Google her name, and you’ll find her story on countless rehabilitation and mental health related websites. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.
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