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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Connection Between PTSD and Addiction


PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, can occur after experiencing a terrifying and/or a life-threatening event. Military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or sexual assault are common causes of PTSD. Trauma can also occur with smaller incidents.

Many times it is not the intensity of the situation but the perception of the event. Some people think of PTSD as a major life event, but some people may be displaying symptoms but have no memorable life event to connect it to. In these instances, it is important to work with a skilled professional to examine and discover underlying causes.

Continuous exposure to small events can move PTSD into complex trauma.

 

Dealing with PTSD Symptomsptsd symptoms

People suffering from PTSD may need to deal with symptoms that affect everyday life. Unfortunately, many people try to cope with PTSD by using drugs and/or alcohol, which can lead to addiction.

Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Frequent flashbacks
  • Frightening or disturbing dreams
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Intense distress if exposed to anything resembling the event
  • Efforts to avoid any people or activities that may arouse recollection of the trauma
  • Distorted beliefs
  • Negative or detached emotions
  • Loss of interest

Aside from these symptoms, those suffering from PTSD and drug addiction often experience a reduced quality of life, attention difficulties, and/or physical concerns.

PTSD and Addiction Treatment

At the Raleigh House, our PTSD and addiction treatment program provides a safe container that helps you overcome drug addiction while healing from the emotional impact of PTSD. We put a strong focus on therapies and education to establish coping skills and healthier mood regulation.

Features of our treatment program include:

  • Multiple levels of care – enables clients to heal at their own pace
  • High staff-to-client ratio – clients receive greater care and attention
  • Strong recovery community –frequent one-on-one therapy and group therapy within a strong cultural and social environment
  • Structured Recreation – yoga, boxing, rock climbing, swimming and hiking
  • Experiential work – expressive art therapy, trauma release therapy, and cooking lessons
  • Work with medical and social detox centers – will transfer to and from if necessary
  • Amino acid therapy – can regulate discomfort and cravings during and after the recovery process

Contact The Raleigh House for PTSD and Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD and drug addiction, call The Raleigh House today at 720-891-4657 or contact us online to learn how our treatment programs can help you or someone you love get better.

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