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PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and AddictionPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most emotionally draining mental disorders a San Diego resident can experience. PTSD is a condition that afflicts individuals who have experienced a tremendous amount of stress and/or anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. This can include combat, sexual assault, natural disaster and many other instances or events. PTSD sufferers can relive these experiences through nightmares and flashbacks at any time. This disorder can make an individual feel like they’ve lost control in their life. Because of this, many who suffer from PTSD will turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to numb the pain, or as an attempt to gain some measure of control in their life.

Why San Diego Residents with PTSD Can Also Have an Addiction

Symptoms of PTSD can range from mild to severe. Included in the following are some of the reasons why San Diego residents who experience PTSD are also addicts:

  • Stress: PTSD is very distressing and can be difficult to endure for those diagnosed with it.
  • Constant nightmares or flashbacks: PTSD can cause nightmares and flashbacks, making it almost impossible to live a normal day-to-day life.
  • Inability to cope: The inability to cope with such stress can cause sufferers to use drugs or alcohol in order to escape.

Self-medicating this disorder has led to very high percentage of PTSD sufferers with alcohol and drug dependence.

How Can They Both Be Treated in San Diego Residents?

Because PTSD and addiction are co-occurring disorders, it is important that an individual in San Diego suffering from both seek the proper treatment facility that has the staff and the knowledge necessary to treat the PTSD and the addiction. Included in the following are the ways in which a person diagnosed with both PTSD and addiction can receive the proper treatment:

  • Inpatient care: Experts recommend inpatient care for anyone who is suffering from PTSD – especially if addiction is part of the equation.
  • Integrated care: Experts also recommend that the facility have integrated care, meaning that everything needed for your treatment is under one roof and that the professionals on site have dealt with the dual-diagnosis patients before.
  • Counseling: Counseling is highly recommended for an individual in inpatient care and also for individuals who have completed treatment. This will give you the confidence to remain sober, as well as the opportunity to discuss any problems you are experiencing on a day-to-day basis.

PTSD and Addiction Treatment for San Diego Residents

If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD and/or addiction, please call our 24-hour, toll-free helpline. Our highly trained staff can help answer your questions about PTSD, addiction and treatment. Find the life you were meant to be living in San Diego and call today.