PTSD and Addiction Treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that is triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing or witnessing it. PTSD is a condition that affects many people. Symptoms of PTSD may include flashbacks, severe anxiety, depression, emotional distress, physical pains, nightmares, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
When a person is suffering from PTSD and addiction it is referred to as Dual Diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is when a patient suffers from both a mental illness and a problematic substance abuse/addiction condition.
Some causes of PTSD are:
- Childhood trauma
- Natural disasters
- Military combat
- Sexual assault
- Violent assault
Many people who have experienced a traumatic event will have reactions that may include anger, shock, fear, nervousness, fear, or even guilt. Often people suffering from PTSD will turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with the pain brought on by their PTSD. Even if a person does not had a problem with drugs or alcohol before a traumatic event, the occurrence of PTSD increases the risk of developing a drug or alcohol problem.
It is not uncommon for post traumatic stress disorder sufferers to experience flashbacks, intrusive and upsetting memories of the event, or crippling distress and fear when reminded of the events. The help that a trauma sufferer receives from family, friends, and professionals may influence the development of PTSD or the severity of symptoms.
Therapies for PTSD and Addiction Treatment include:
- Group and individual therapy
- Medication management
A New Start, Inc. is a premier iop in Palm Beach offering quality care and treatment for individuals suffering from alcohol addiction and drug addiction. Our team of therapists are dedicated to providing patients the compassionate care they need. If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD and substance abuse, please call us today at 1-844-TALK-ANS.