Talk to Someone About PTSD and Drug Abuse
PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the most debilitating mental disorders. It is commonly associated with soldiers, but anyone who has been through a traumatic life event may suffer from it. In fact, most people have been through a traumatic or life-threatening event at some point in their lifetime.
Some people turn to or may be prescribed drugs by their doctor to help deal with their feelings without identifying the underlying cause of the feelings. Drugs can make the symptoms of your PTSD worse and make you feel like you have no way out.
There is a way out. We can help. All you need to do is call us.
Our Admissions Coordinators are available 24 hours a day and will find a drug rehab center that will treat both the PTSD and drug abuse. All you need to do to get help is make one simple phone call. We will talk to you about your problems and find the best drug rehab center for your needs. Our team of insurance verification specialists will work with your insurance company free of charge to find the best drug rehab for you at the lowest cost to you.
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Drug Abuse and PTSD
Unfortunately, PTSD and drug addiction commonly occur together. Many individuals with PTSD experience feelings of powerlessness and lack of control. PTSD can be caused by any intense stress. For some people, it is the loss of a spouse or close family member. It could be a car accident, a plane crash, a violent crime such as an assault, a robbery, or shooting. Witnessing a natural disaster like a tornado or hurricane or any event that leaves you feeling helpless can trigger PTSD.
Many will turn to substance abuse to push back their intense feelings. But ultimately, the drug abuse makes the PTSD worse. The sense of helplessness or depression will get worse; the drugs will stop being as effective, leading to a downward spiral. It can feel like there is no way out.
Realizing that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug use have adversely affected your life is the first step toward finding hope and recovery. Our nationwide network of drug rehab centers offers comprehensive treatment programs to help you cope with the painful memories of your traumatic event and treat drug addiction at the same time, providing the care needed to recover and take back your life.
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Symptoms of PTSD
The only way to know for sure you have PTSD is to have an evaluation by a mental health professional. However, if you have suffered from the following symptoms for 30 days or more, you may have PTSD:
• Avoidance of people, places or things related to the trauma
• Severe anxiety
• Aggressive behavior or angry outbursts
If you have been experiencing any of these systems for 30 days or more, know that there are hope and recovery. At the drug rehabs we recommend, they use individualized evidence-based treatment programs developed just for you. The programs target your level of drug use and trauma.
Call anytime to speak to a drug addiction treatment specialist about your symptoms and find the best treatment for you.
How Do I Know if I Have a Dual Diagnosis
A Dual Diagnosis is when a person experiences a mental illness along with a substance abuse problem. When a person faces these types of challenges, it is almost impossible to treat one without treating the other successfully. For the best chance of a full recovery, you will need a drug rehab center that treats both the drug abuse and the PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the same time.
Our drug rehab centers will teach you the techniques and give you the tools to identify your triggers and help manage your feelings of stress, anger, and depression before they become overpowering.
The best way to find out if you have a dual diagnosis is to have an evaluation by a mental health professional. However, start by asking yourself the following questions:
• Have you been tearful, sad or feeling hopeless for longer than two weeks, with or without the use of drugs?
• Do you use drugs to deal with painful memories, anxiety or fear?
• Do you feel you need to use drugs to control your mood?
• Do you take drugs to be able to face people, places or things that frighten you?
• Is it difficult to focus on your work or projects without the use of drugs?
• Has your drug use caused you to isolate yourself from others?
• Have you experienced legal problems, job loss or relationship issues as a result of your drug use?
• Have you been treated for depression or any other mental issue in the past?
• Do you have a history of trauma or abuse that has not been addressed?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, know that there is hope and recovery. Our network of drug rehab centers offers comprehensive treatment programs to help you cope with painful memories and treat your drug addiction, providing the care needed to recover and take back your life. Call now to speak to a treatment specialist who knows what you are going trough.
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Drug Addiction and PTSD Treatment
In cases of Dual Diagnosis or Co-Occurring Disorders, it is important to treat both conditions at the same time to improve your chance of recovery. Several medications can aid in treating PTSD symptoms. The two most common include:
• Sertraline (Zoloft.) Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that works by influencing serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a naturally occurring chemical that produces a feeling of well-being. Zoloft may be particularly useful if you are a woman who has experienced an assault. Common side effects are insomnia and diarrhea.
• Paroxetine (Paxil.) Paxil is also an SSRI and is the first drug shown to treat the three major symptoms of PTSD. Besides, it improves depression, often seen with people with PTSD. Side effects include weight gain and sleepiness.
These medications help with symptoms of sadness and emotional numbness by affecting chemicals in your brain that may have become out of balance. Also, they aid in regulating emotions and reducing suicidal thoughts.
At one of our drug detox centers, we may also provide medications that lessen symptoms associated with drug withdrawal. It is important to enter treatment with a clear mind and body for the best chance of a successful recovery.
How to Help Someone with PTSD
It is common for mental disorders like PTSD and drug addiction to occur together. One doesn’t necessarily cause the other, and there can be overlapping factors. Because the symptoms of PTSD and substance abuse often overlap, it’s hard for family members or friends to recognize the problems. Your loved one may be hiding their drug use. If they have acted more depressed and withdrawn, watch for additional symptoms of intoxication.
It is important for family and friends to realize that both PTSD and drug addiction are illnesses that require treatment. You need to help them find a drug rehab center that fits their needs. Providing a strong support network is one of the best ways to help in your loved one’s recovery. You can call our hotline and speak to an addiction treatment specialist to find the best way to help your friend or family member.
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Call now to speak to a treatment specialist. We will take care of everything for you. We will work with your insurance company free of charge to find the best rehabs that fit your needs. Then choose the rehab you want. It is that easy. Call or live chat anytime 24 hours a day to get the PTSD and substance abuse treatment you need to take back your life.