Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorder
For most, post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a term they have heard for many years, but never truly understood the condition or its impact. Typically associated with military veterans and first responders, those with PTSD far too often suffer in silence. There has been far more public conversation about PTSD in recent years and, fortunately, a greater effort is now being made to reach those who are afflicted. Although more individuals with PTSD are seeking the help they so desperately need, there are still far too many who are not. In fact, a United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report that was released in 2016 indicated that, from 1999 to 2010, an average of 22 military veterans committed suicide every day. That’s one every 65 minutes, and it’s likely that many of those were suffering from some form of PTSD.
Simply put, PTSD is the inability to mentally overcome exposure to, or involvement in, traumatic events. Those who suffer are often forced to frequently relive or recall such moments, and it has a powerful and adverse effect on their health and ability to function.
PTSD and Addiction Care in South Carolina
About 50% of people seeking addiction treatment also meet criteria for PTSD, and clients with a co-occurring PTSD/addiction tend to have poorer treatment outcomes than those without this dual affliction. Not unlike other mental-health disorders, those who suffer from PTSD may not realize it or want to acknowledge it. Many of those with careers that required them to be strong, courageous, and fearless believe there is a stigma associated with this condition, or that it is a sign of weakness. These views could not be further from the truth, and it is essential that those living with PTSD understand that help is available, and seeking it is the bravest thing you could possibly do.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing the following symptoms, they may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should consider a treatment at BriteLife South Carolina:
- Loss of interest
- Negative thoughts
- Unwanted memories
We work closely with three military bases and provide PTSD therapy for both active members and veterans. Our staff evaluates each client and develops a treatment plan that will be most effective for the individual. It is an honor for us to help those who have sacrificed so much for our country, and it is our mission to ensure that they receive the care they deserve.