Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Drug Addiction

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Drug Addiction

The media began covering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when veterans were returning back from the Iraq war. For a while, PTSD was considered to be the untasked about subject. However, addiction treatment centers are beginning to see more and more cases of people having PTSD and taking an illegal substance to self-medicate.
Many people that have PTSD suffer from extreme anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks and bad memories. People often wonder how someone gets PTSD. Here are some reasons why a person may get post-traumatic stress disorder:

• Witnessing a traumatic event (many survivors of 9/11 witnessed the collapse of the world trade centers)
• Feeling powerless in your situation
• Military Combat
• Childhood abuse and trauma
• Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes

Unfortunately, a lot of people that suffer from PTSD self-medicate themselves with alcohol or another drug. Once a person gets addicted to a drug, they often need detox and rehabilitation to get themselves sober again. PTSD is becoming more popular today because people understand what it is exactly. Years ago, people did not understand what PTSD even was. For a while, people vent thought that veterans were making up their feelings in order to collect a disability check from the government. However, today PTSD has been studied enough for doctors to know that it truly exists.

Most men suffer from PTSD because they were in a war or because they were performing service in which their life was in danger. Women however usually suffer from PTSD because they were sexually abused. If your PTSD is giving you nightmares, sleeplessness, angry outbursts and aggressive behavior, it is important to seek the help of a professional.

It is a fact that when people use alcohol and drugs to medicate themselves, PTSD gets worse and more severe. A lot of people that have PTSD and use drugs have violent outbursts with family members or experience themselves drinking and driving while consuming alcohol. There are a lot of arrests that have to do with domestic violence as well.

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