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Many people who suffer from an untreated mental health condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety often use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope. PTSD is a debilitating mental health condition that leads to major depression, intense anxiety, and intrusive memories or flashbacks that make a severe impact on a person’s life. Many people develop PTSD from childhood abuse, military combat, natural disasters, or sexual assault. First responders are at high risk of developing PTSD due to on-scene tragedies, deaths, accidents, and crimes.
What is a dual diagnosis?
People with PTSD often turn to drugs or alcohol to suppress their incapacitating emotional pain. When addiction co-occurs with PTSD, both conditions need to be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery. As a person uses more substances and more frequently to cope, he or she increases the risk of developing a drug or alcohol problem.
A person with a dual diagnosis needs to get treatment immediately for his or her mental condition and addiction at the same time. This is because drug and alcohol use can worsen symptoms of mental health, and mental health conditions make the person use more drugs or alcohol. Some drugs and alcohol can worsen symptoms of PTSD and cause physical impairment, overdose, or death.
PTSD can lead to angry outbursts, feelings of helplessness, aggressive behavior, and restlessness. People living with PTSD often relive traumatic events, have nightmares, and can become socially withdrawn. Sadly, the fear of the stigma surrounding PTSD and addiction can make a person reluctant to seek help.
Getting help for PTSD and addiction
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and a mental health disorder, get help today. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treating dual diagnosis as it relates to mental health conditions and addiction treatments combined with a focus on healing for the mind, body, and spirit. You are worthy of a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy life in sobriety.
“One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” ~ Demi Lovato
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.