Many people struggling with PTSD may not understand the implications of its effects or be aware that they need treatment. Facing trauma and drug addiction may feel scary or bring up ideas and shame. Those who have been suffering long-term from PTSD might not realize that there is a way out, and fear, isolation, and sadness do not have to be the norm.
Dual diagnosis is often a beneficial treatment option for individuals suffering from a substance abuse issue brought on by post-traumatic stress disorder. A dual diagnosis is an approach to treatment that focuses not only on recovery and treatment of substance abuse but also on the mental health issues that often lie at the root causes of addiction. In this case, a person may be in treatment for substance abuse while therapy simultaneously works to build healthier coping strategies for PTSD symptoms that will not push a person back towards drugs or alcohol.
If you or a loved one identify with experiencing trauma, the symptoms of PTSD, or are struggling with an addiction to alcohol, other substances, or destructive behaviors, now is the time to reach out and seek help from a treatment program.