How Jessica Jones Explores The Relationship Between Trauma & Addiction

Throughout the series, Jessica grabs a bottle of liquor after moments of distress (and, honestly, in moments of no immediate distress) — most notably when she goes through PTSD-induced flashbacks. Trish, who has remained sober for 10 years, turns to self-improvement (namely fight training) to cope with feeling out of control. However, in the second season, she deals with the end of a relationship and a fight with her formerly abusive mother by turning to a drug that enhances her senses. Though many of the characters in Jessica Jones turn to substances to deal with emotional pain, Dr. Gupta says, in real life, there is usually a genetic component to addiction.


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