Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mood disorder derived from a traumatic event in someone’s life. These events, which are often violent or sexual assaults, military combat, childhood abuse or natural disasters, can bring about tremendous anxiety and stress for the individual. They often experience terrifying nightmares and flashbacks. It can also cause aggressive behavior, intense and angry outbursts and avoidance of anything related to the traumatic event.
According to the National Center for PTSD, for women, sexual abuse is one of the most common causes of PTSD and addiction and military combat for men. Between 60-80 percent of Veterans who served in Vietnam seeking treatment for PTSD also require treatment for substance abuse.
PTSD and Drug or Alcohol Abuse
PTSD is often linked with substance abuse because the trauma experienced is so painful and unsettling those suffering will do anything to numb the pain. Abusing drugs or alcohol is adding fuel to the fire for an individual diagnosed with PTSD, it can cause aggressive behavior, intense and angry outbursts, all of which can be exasperated during drug or alcohol use. This could set the individual up for serious trouble – arrests, physical alterations, self-harm.
Getting Help for PTSD and Substance Abuse
At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, rest assured you will be under the care of a staff highly-trained in trauma-informed care. Through intense individual therapy sessions and other treatment modalities, you will learn to manage the painful symptoms of PTSD and understand the link between this pain and the addiction. Contact us today by phone, email, form submission.