Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition in which an individual experiences immense feelings of stress and anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. According to the National Center for PTSD, some people cope with their PTSD by drinking heavily or by using drugs. PTSD increases the risk that the person with the disorder will develop a substance abuse problem, leading to the development of a Substance Use Disorder.
Studies show that there is a strong relationship between PTSD and Substance Use Disorders for both men and women as well as for civilians and military personnel. It has been reported that 52% of males and 28% of females with PTSD meet the criteria for Alcohol Abuse Disorder and 35% of men and 27% of women with PTSD abuse drugs.
Did you know?
- More than 2 of 10 veterans with PTSD also have a diagnosable substance abuse problem
- War veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers, the thought being that the binges are in response to bad memories
- Almost 1 out of every 3 veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder also have PTSD
- 1 out of 10 soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are seen at the VA have a problem with substances.
Additionally, in women, sexual abuse is one of the most common causes of PTSD and addiction.
Getting treatment at a facility that is knowledgeable and understands both PTSD and Substance Use Disorder is optimal. The good news is that treatment of co-occurring disorders such as PTSD and Substance Use Disorder works.
New Bridge Foundation is experienced with treating active duty service people, veterans, and others with PTSD and substance use issues. Please contact us at 1-(866) 772-8491 if you or a loved one would like a free assessment.