According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 people out of every 100 will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age, however, it’s most common among war veterans and people who have been through a traumatic event (e.g., physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious eventsevenst).
People who struggle with PTSD may also experience emotional outbursts and panic attacks, leading to shame, guilt, and self-medication with drugs or alcohol. Using drugs or alcohol in this way often leads to addiction and substance use disorders.
What is Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Post traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric disorder that causes intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event is over. Those who have clinical PTSD may also relive the events through flashbacks and nightmares; feel sadness, fear, anger, or detachment. These symptoms often cause people with PTSD to avoid social situations or people that are known triggers, and they may have strong negative reactions to loud noises or unexpected physical contact.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
There are four categories of PTSD symptoms, which can vary in intensity. They include:
Intrusive thoughts (e.g., involuntary memories, distressing dreams, flashbacks) can cause a person to relive the traumatic event over and over again.
Avoidance of people, places, activities, objects, and situations that may trigger distressing memories. Long-term avoidance generally becomes more severe, which can worsen PTSD symptoms.
- Alterations in cognition and mood
Distorted thoughts or memories about the traumatic event, which often lead to self-blame, fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame. Disinterest in activities or hobbies once enjoyed. Feelings of detachment from others and a general void of happy emotion.
- Alterations in arousal and reactivity
Feeling extreme irritability or anger, behaving in a reckless or self-destructive manner, and being overly suspicious, easily startled, or difficulty relaxing.
Alpine Recovery Lodge offers mental health treatment for post traumatic stress disorder as part of their substance use disorders program. Treating co-occurring disorders together promotes holistic recovery as it considers the whole person, not just one symptom or condition. This integrated approach combines pharmacological and behavioral interventions along with psychotherapy to effectively manage triggers and poor coping mechanisms so you can find lasting relief from your full range of symptoms.
Types of Treatment Options
If you think you may be suffering from a substance use disorder as well as PTSD, the skilled clinical team at Alpine Recovery Lodge can help you overcome both with evidence-based, individualized, and comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment programs. It’s time to restore your healthy mind and body, develop healthy emotional skills and mindfulness, and enjoy long-lasting and sustainable sobriety.
Call Alpine Recovery Lodge at 801-901-8757 to take the first step toward sobriety, healing, and long-lasting recovery.