What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Treatment Helps Yuou Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Addiction in and of itself is traumatic. Many of the experiences we have as addicts and alcoholics can have lasting effects long after we stop drinking and using. Treatment is an important first step in learning how to cope with trauma, and stay sober in the process.

A medical diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in an addict or alcohol is not at all surprising. Addiction may have already been present before any traumatic events occurred, or, addiction may have begun as a result of a traumatic experience. It is commonly seen in treatment centers, and is a disorder that truly needs to be treated professionally. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, so for instance, a person could only exhibit a little edginess or he could fly into a rage at any given moment.

Getting Treatment For PTSD

There are several methods of treating PTSD symptoms. The tools learned in treatment will help you to begin coping with the disorder without abusing drugs and alcohol. After consulting your doctor, she may prescribe non-addictive medication, along with various forms of therapy that will begin treating the disorder. Over time, you will begin experiencing relief from symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, and any other lasting effects that have affected your quality of life.

Self Medicating With Drugs Will Only Hurt

Drugs and alcohol are used far too often as a means of self-medicating PTSD. It is a very serious disorder, that left untreated, can lead to suicide. It is important to see a medical professional well-versed in PTSD and addiction, which is why checking-in to treatment for the co-occurring disorders is imperative.

If you continue to cope with PTSD by using drugs and alcohol, they will actually have the opposite effect on your symptoms and can make them worse. You don’t have to stay on the rollercoaster, we can help you find the relief that you have been so desperately seeking.

With various therapies for PTSD, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), we can help you begin a new life. Don’t put your wellbeing on the back-burner any longer; give us a call and start taking your first steps toward a life free from the agony of PTSD and addiction.





The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers private, residential care. Our program brings together recovery and non recovery focused treatments to help clients heal and learn how to live life again, without drugs and alcohol. Call us today for information: 877.762.3707


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