Recognize the signs and symptoms of drug addiction.
Trauma that we’ve previously experienced in our life may manifest in unpleasant memories that recur later on. If you struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), you know the difficulties caused by debilitating flashbacks, nightmares, unwanted memories, and intense emotional symptoms. Sometimes, PTSD sufferers use addictive substances in an attempt to medicate these symptoms. Although some forms of trauma may be perceived as less catastrophic, they can be just as emotionally damaging as surviving military combat, a natural disaster, or a life-threatening accident. PTSD can lead to other health problems besides addiction, such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, or hyper-sexual behavior.
At Resurgence, we offer the most compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment available when PTSD coexists with substance addiction.
What Is PTSD?
Considered an anxiety disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed when trauma-related symptoms disrupt daily life and are ongoing. PTSD can, for some, require intensive support and therapy, such as Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Somatic Experiencing®. For others, treatment may consist of techniques such as counseling, relaxation techniques, medication, or psychiatric services.
What Causes PTSD?
Trauma of varying types can result in PTSD. PTSD sufferers may have witnessed someone else suffer an injury, experience a dangerous situation, or die. A life-threatening illness or accident, becoming the victim of assault, or surviving a natural disaster are all examples of experiences that can lead to PTSD. Sometimes, simply hearing of another person’s traumatic experiences has been known to cause the disorder.
An event that exposes you to your mortality, the mortality of others, or to the possibility of grave injury to yourself or others can cause PTSD. Severe emotional distress, intense fear and helplessness, and other psychological effects can persist long after the experience itself has ended.
Types of PTSD Symptoms
When trauma symptoms persist and are considered clinically significant for over a month, PTSD may be the resulting diagnosis. These Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms are grouped into three major categories:
- Numbing or avoidance
Numbing and Avoidance Trauma Symptoms
It is common for PTSD sufferers to avoid reminders or discussions of the causal trauma, and this is one reason why addiction can exist simultaneously. You may sometimes go to great lengths to avoid the memories, which stir the thoughts and feelings of the trauma. You may withdraw from social interaction or display other behavioral changes, which may disrupt your daily routine. You may even “shut down” or become unresponsive to the present. If you suffer from PTSD, you may also experience a lack of interest or participation in normal activities. This is known as “numbing” – dulled emotions and sensations.
Our staff at Resurgence Behavioral Health is trained in the latest, evidence-based trauma therapies, which we use concurrently with treating your substance addiction. As our client, you’ll feel safe in our judgment-free space to fully explore the feelings associated with the trauma, to express your fears and hopelessness, and to change your negative thoughts about yourself and others.