After even a mild trauma, it’s not uncommon for people to attempt to deal with the emotion of the situation by drinking or using drugs. With time, the mental distress that results from the experience can dissipate, but when the trauma is serious – a natural disaster, wartime experiences, attack or assault, physical or sexual abuse – it can lead to the diagnosis of a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It’s not uncommon for patients who struggle with PTSD to attempt to medicate the symptoms with drugs and alcohol. When symptoms are extreme, this can lead to ongoing abuse of illicit substances that in turn can result in an addiction. When both disorders are in evidence, Dual Diagnosis treatment is necessary.
But what happens when drug rehab is over? With a solid foundation in recovery from both addiction and PTSD, patients are encouraged to enroll in a sober living program that provides them with round-the-clock support for continued recovery from both disorders.
A number of medications, including antidepressants, have been identified as effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, regular therapy that directly addresses the trauma and symptoms related to the disorder are necessary for continued recovery. Patients can augment their treatment during their stay at a sober living home and improve their ability to move forward after trauma by:
For patients living with PTSD, the symptoms often wreak havoc with their ability to function in their lives and, as a result, there is often no part of their life that is unharmed by the disorder. When PTSD symptoms are compounded by the issue of addiction, this increased damage can be exponential. Though it is not possible to undo the past, patients are encouraged to make amends and address those issues as much as possible. This can begin during a sober living stay through:
Mental health disorders like PTSD and addiction can be overcome when patients take advantage of all the resources available to help them in recovery. Sober living is an excellent place to continue that journey after treatment. Call now for more information.