PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, emotional numbness, and avoidance of triggers. It is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and it can also be an underlying factor for addiction.
At New Bridge Foundation®, we understand the difficulties that come with PTSD and addiction. We specialize in treating co-occurring disorders—including PTSD—which enables us to help those who are dealing with both conditions. While clients are making progress in recovery, we will provide a safe and supportive environment that can help individuals begin to heal from the trauma of PTSD.
How PTSD Develops
PTSD develops as a result of experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Some of the most common causes include military combat, sexual assault or abuse, car accidents, natural disasters, and violence. When an individual experiences a traumatic event, their brain is unable to process it in a normal way. This can then lead to long-term psychological issues like PTSD.
The brain can become stuck in “fight-or-flight” mode, leading to symptoms like anxiety, hypervigilance, nightmares, intrusive memories, and other behaviors. Some people may also begin to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol in an effort to cope with the intense emotions associated with PTSD.
The Connection Between PTSD and Addiction
It is common for individuals with PTSD to turn to substance misuse as a way of coping with their symptoms. In fact, studies show that people with PTSD are more likely to develop a substance use disorder than those who do not have PTSD. Drugs or alcohol may provide temporary relief from the anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of PTSD, but in the long term, substance use can lead to addiction and related issues.
What to Expect from Our PTSD Treatment
PTSD treatment at New Bridge Foundation® is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual in our care. We offer a range of counseling approaches that are proven effective in managing PTSD symptoms and reducing the risk of relapse.
Some of the topics and strategies covered in our program include:
- Identifying triggers – Knowing what triggers your PTSD symptoms can help you better understand and manage them.
- Coping skills – Developing positive coping skills such as relaxation techniques, grounding exercises, and journaling can provide relief from the intensity of emotions associated with PTSD.
- Psychoeducation – Learning about PTSD in greater detail can be beneficial for managing symptoms.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – CBT involves understanding negative thought patterns and learning to challenge them in order to promote positive change.
Every step of the way, our team of experienced professionals will provide the support and guidance you need to make meaningful progress in recovery.
PTSD Treatment for Veterans and Active-Duty Military Personnel
New Bridge Foundation® is proud to offer specialized PTSD treatment for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Our program is tailored to meet the unique needs of our nation’s heroes, including trauma-focused care that is designed to address how war- or service-related experiences can affect mental health.
We also understand the challenges that come with transitioning back to life after service. Through our program, we aim to provide veterans and active-duty personnel with the tools and support they need to move forward in their recovery journey.
Call New Bridge Foundation® Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD and addiction, know that help is available. Our caring and experienced team at New Bridge Foundation® can help you or your loved one learn how to manage your PTSD symptoms and achieve lasting recovery from addiction. With over 50 years of experience, New Bridge Foundation® has the depth and professionalism to support your recovery. Voted one of the “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” in America three years in a row by Newsweek magazine, New Bridge Foundation® offers unparalleled and affordable professional addiction and mental health treatment services. Contact us today at 866.772.8491 to learn more about our PTSD treatment.