Trauma, PTSD and Addiction

trauma salt lake city ut Exposure to trauma is not a rare occurrence.  In the United States, over 50% of adults have experienced a traumatic event. Although some people recover quickly following an event, some suffer serious emotional disturbance.

What happens after being exposed to trauma?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a syndrome caused by exposure to a terrifying, traumatic event. Exposure to a traumatic event may include:

  • Directly experiencing the event
  • Witnessing the event as it occurs to others
  • Learning that the traumatic event occurred to a loved one

The event itself is persistently relived and includes symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts of the event, even physical illness. These symptoms last months, even years.

Can trauma cause addiction?

When dealing with PTSD, a person may experience a loss of interest in things they once enjoyed, sleep problems, depression, feeling detached or numb, or being easily startled. They may feel irritable, aggressive or even violent. Certain visuals could be an instant reminder of a traumatic incident. It may be distressing, which could lead them to avoid certain places or situations that bring back memories, quite possibly turning to drugs and alcohol to help mask the intensity of reliving the experience.

How can you heal from addictions caused by trauma?

Trauma focused therapies have been found to be effective treatments for PTSD. The goal is to decrease the symptoms and improve a person’s quality of life.

Avante Recovery Center specializes in the treatment of PTSD. The clinicians are experienced in the different modalities of trauma focused therapies. Some of the therapies used in the treatment of our clients include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Holistic Healing Techniques.

Recovery from PTSD is possible. Reach out to our professionals if you have questions about PTSD or its treatment.

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