A person experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will often isolate and avoid people, places, and things that can cause these mental triggers to occur. Fear that any trivial thing may bring on overwhelming stress causes the sufferer to live in a world where everything around them is a cause for concern. This is where addiction comes into play for people suffering from PTSD.
Those affected with PTSD and addiction require dual treatments that must address all sides of the trauma and substance abuse for recovery to have an impact.
At The Villa Treatment Center we know individuals with PTSD and addiction need specialized support services to recover and live a healthy life. It takes time to experience peace but in time a person can learn to live with some parts of the condition while mitigating PTSD symptoms in a positive way, without the use of drugs or alcohol.
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, better known as PTSD, is a specific mental health condition that comes from the late triggering of reactions to trauma. After a severely traumatic experience, an individual can exhibit depression, intense anxiety, and fear based on these past experiences, leaving them unable to process the reason behind these feelings.
In the United States alone, about eight percent of the population experiences the negative effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We often see military veterans with intense levels of PTSD due to combat trauma.
Women also experience this severe mental condition. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans, ten percent of women and four percent of men experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Of course it is erroneous to believe that the disorder is only a result of warfare. Any number of significant negative experiences may lead to this post-trauma condition that can make it difficult to cope with everyday life. While many people that have this disorder are aware of their condition and the events that have caused its onset, there are still many that are left unaware they have undiagnosed and untreated PTSD.