Trauma can hit even the strongest among us with great force. Of course, physical traumas and injuries are usually visually measureable and can lead to trauma-related physical pain, but emotional trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also have a profound effect on the human body.
Emotional trauma can cause long-lasting brain changes that may lead to addiction, depression, and a host of other concerns that can devastate lives if left untreated. When traumatic events occur, it can take a significant amount of time to get over the memories, the emotions, and the feeling of just not being able to feel safe.
When your sense of security has been shattered by an incredibly stressful event, your body can often react in different ways.
Traumatic events can impact anyone. Those who are able to recover the fastest are those who have support, have learned skills to gain healing, and give therapeutic counseling a try.
The symptoms of trauma can manifest both physically and mentally. The mind is, after all, part of the body. Our brain can impact our response to pain, our ability to heal, and our ability to feel rested and refreshed. Issues like depression or anxiety may prevent us from eating healthy meals or keeping healthy schedules. In some cases, people try to feel better the best way they know how, and they may attempt the temporary “fix” of drug or alcohol use.
PTSD often includes realistic flashbacks that intrude on your day-to-day life. This often leads sufferers towards substance abuse as a method of coping. Often seen in veterans, PTSD can also affect anyone who has undergone an extreme emotional and psychological event. This could include sexual assault, a car accident, the loss of a family member, or even difficulties in the workplace.
Getting help for your trauma and addiction together can help you reclaim your life. A rehab facility that offers integrated treatment for PTSD and addiction can provide you with a safe, secure, and stable environment in which to process both your addiction and trauma at your own pace.
The combination of your addiction and trauma can make you feel like you will never gain control of your life again. You may feel as though you will never have a sense of safety or comfort. However, our team is equipped with the tools needed to help you process, analyze, and work toward healing from your trauma while also recovering from your addictions.
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