PTSD + Addiction Treatment

This article will provide an overview of how we treat post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction at Tranquility Woods.

PTSD Overview

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.  People with PTSD often feel intense, prolonged stress or fear, even when they're not in danger. The condition can interfere with daily life, affecting relationships, work, and overall well-being.

Symptoms of PTSD

Name Description
Intrusion Reliving the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts.
Avoidance Avoiding places, people, or thoughts that remind the person of the trauma.
Changes in Mood and Thoughts Persistent negative feelings about oneself or others, feelings of detachment, or a lack of positive emotions.
Changes in Physical and Emotional Reactions Being easily startled, feeling tense, having difficulty sleeping, or exhibiting angry outbursts.

PTSD and Addiction

PTSD and addiction frequently co-occur, with traumatic experiences leading to substance use as a way to cope, and conversely, substance use increases vulnerability to PTSD. Individuals with PTSD may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, which can lead to addiction and worsen PTSD symptoms, creating a reinforcing cycle. Both conditions may share underlying factors such as genetics or exposure to trauma, making treatment complex. Effective treatment must be integrated, addressing PTSD and addiction concurrently and recognizing the triggers and vulnerabilities that link the two. This includes trauma-informed care and strategies to manage triggers that might lead to relapse, ensuring support for long-term recovery.