What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is one of the most crippling mental disorders. PTSD refers to the mental condition in which an individual experiences a tremendous amount of stress or anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. A person develops PTSD because he or she was unable to psychologically handle the event. PTSD develops differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they begin to appear.
Symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, mental breakdowns, angry outbursts, severe anxiety, fear, memory loss, irritability, poor concentration, and avoidance of anything related to the event. These symptoms can strike the person at any time, especially when they are reminded of the event. Events that can lead to PTSD may include; sexual assault, death of a loved one, military combat, violent assault, natural disasters, etc.
PTSD and Substance Abuse
Medical experts suggest that PTSD is a chemical disorder in the brain and body. When a person experiences a traumatic event, their brain creates a large amount of endorphin as a way of coping with the stress of the situation. When the event is over, the person’s body goes through an “endorphin withdrawal.” This withdrawal is similar to the same symptoms of a drug or alcohol withdrawal. The feelings that are brought on from the endorphin withdrawal can cause a person to use drugs or alcohol as a way of replacing their feelings with numbness. By self-medicating using alcohol, prescription medications, or other drugs, the person may feel calm, happy, and may be able to sleep once again, but as soon as the abused substance wears off, the PTSD symptoms return, sometimes even worse than before.
PTSD and Substance Abuse Treatment at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR)
At FCR if a client’s substance abuse recovery is affected by PTSD we offer specialized trauma treatment through the delivery of a revolutionary healing method called Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT). Exclusively delivered by Dr. Connelly, the founder, and developer of RRT, this therapeutic approach is known to erase troubling memories helping clients restore their lives, often in one single session. To learn more about PTSD treatment through Rapid Resolution Therapy, with Dr. Connelly, contact one of our admissions coordinators.
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