PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and AddictionNo two people react to a situation in exactly the same way. This can make it difficult to understand posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the effects it can have on a person’s life in Ohio. While many people experience PTSD, not everyone who lives through a traumatic experience will. Some individuals with PTSD suffer through the symptoms, others reach out for professional help and some turn to drugs and addiction for temporary relief.

Causes of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

The following are potential causes of PTSD:

  • Abuse. Abuse leading to PTSD may be physical, emotional, mental or sexual.
  • Accidents and disasters. Physical accidents such as car accidents and natural disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes can produce PTSD.
  • Military experience. Soldiers are shot at, wounded and threatened, and they witness death and accidents on a regular basis.

When an Ohio resident has trouble coping with trauma, he or she may want to privately battle fears and anxiety. The individual may turn away from friends and family and instead use drugs to find temporary peace or calm. This will lead to addiction, and isolation will only make PTSD and drug abuse worse.

An individual with PTSD may become addicted, after he or she receives a prescription from a doctor. These medications may involve opiates to treat physical pain or drugs to address the surface symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety or depression. Individuals may find that these drugs help them function on a day-to-day basis without realizing that they are not creating a real solution. The anxiety, depression and fear that accompany PTSD can act as a catalyst for addiction, and lasting solutions often only come through professional help.

Ending PTSD and Addiction

Call our toll-free helpline right now to find healthy relief from PTSD and addiction. We are here 24 hours a day to connect you to professional recovery resources, so please call now.