Past trauma can be a major factor in substance abuse and addiction. Many of those who struggle with addiction also have a history of trauma, which can manifest in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A treatment program that takes into account both addiction and PTSD can be crucial for long-term recovery. At Texas Recovery Center, we offer a specialized PTSD treatment program. Through comprehensive care and evidence-based therapies, we aim to help individuals overcome their struggles with both PTSD and addiction.
PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It is commonly associated with veterans who have served in combat, but it can affect anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience, such as sexual assault, natural disasters, or serious accidents.
Trauma can lead to profound changes in the brain, particularly in the areas responsible for memory, cognition, and emotion. When a traumatic event occurs, the brain’s stress response system is activated, releasing a flood of hormones that prepare the body for “fight or flight.” However, repeated activation of this system can alter the brain’s structure and function. These changes can lead to the persistent symptoms of PTSD, which include:
- Flashbacks and nightmares of the traumatic event
- Avoidance of people, places, or activities that remind one of the trauma
- Hyperarousal and heightened anxiety
- Negative changes in mood and thinking patterns
- Difficulty sleeping and concentrating
While these symptoms are challenging to cope with on their own, they can also contribute to substance abuse and addiction.
Co-Occurring Disorders: PTSD and Addiction
PTSD and addiction often go hand in hand. On one hand, traumatic events can trigger drug use as a means of escape. On the other hand, substance abuse can worsen PTSD symptoms and make treatment more challenging.
Furthermore, trauma often co-occurs with other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. This means that individuals with PTSD may also struggle with these conditions, making it even more critical to address all co-occurring disorders in treatment.
Our PTSD Treatment Program
At Texas Recovery Center, we understand the importance of addressing co-occurring disorders in addiction treatment. That’s why we offer a specialized PTSD treatment program as part of our comprehensive care approach. Our program is designed to provide individuals with the tools and support needed to overcome their traumatic experiences and build a healthy, sober life.
Our PTSD treatment program includes various evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and group therapy. Talking with a therapist and participating in group therapy can help participants:
- Learn effective coping mechanisms to manage PTSD symptoms
- Identify and change negative thinking patterns that may contribute to substance abuse
- Process trauma in a safe, supportive environment
- Develop healthy communication and relationship skills
- Build a strong support system with others who have experienced similar struggles
Whether a person is seeking treatment for addiction, PTSD, or both, our program can help them address all aspects of their well-being. Our goal is to provide individuals with the tools and support needed to achieve long-term recovery and prevent relapse.
Call Texas Recovery Center Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and PTSD, know that there is hope for recovery. Our specialized PTSD treatment program can help you heal from past trauma and overcome addiction. Contact us at 888.298.5468 or reach out online to get started on your journey to recovery.