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Drug Abuse and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a debilitating mental disorder. It is commonly associated with soldiers, but anyone who has been through a traumatic life event may suffer from it.

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 may make the symptoms of your PTSD worse and make you feel like you have no way out.

Aid in Recovery has agents that can help find the lowest cost options for you. We aim to find an drug rehab center that works with your health insurance company to treat your drug addiction and address the issues underlying your PTSD.


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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.

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.

Realizing that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug use have adversely affected your life can be the first step toward finding hope and recovery. Our partner’s drug rehab centers seek to provide comprehensive treatment programs, helping 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:

• Nightmares
• Flashbacks
• Avoidance of people, places or things related to the trauma
• Severe anxiety
• Sleeplessness
• Aggressive behavior or angry outbursts

If you have been experiencing any of these systems for 30 days or more, know that there is hope and a chance at recovery.

Call anytime to speak to a representative about your symptoms and find treatment.

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 difficult 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 partner’s drug rehab centers may be able to teach you 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?


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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 do overlap, it may be more difficult 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 toll free line and speak to a representative to find ways to help your friend or family member.

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