The Astonishing Link Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who’s ever experienced a severely traumatic event, whether they’ve experienced it in person or they’ve seen the event or heard about it. People who have PTSD suffer from an array of debilitating symptoms that can have a severe impact on their lives. Fear, nightmares, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, loneliness, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks are just a few of the symptoms that occur with PTSD, and many people who suffer with the disorder also have difficulty forming or maintaining relationships or performing at work or school.

With so many life-altering symptoms, it’s little wonder, then, that people who suffer from PTSD also have a high incidence of substance abuse problems. Turning to drugs and alcohol is a way for many people with PTSD to self-medicate by “numbing” their symptoms for a brief time. In fact, research shows:

Although initially, drinking or taking drugs may make you feel better on the surface, deep down, these substances do nothing to treat the underlying disorder. Over time, substance abuse can actually make your symptoms much, much worse. Plus, of course, abusing drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences for your health. As the substances take a toll on your physical health, it can make it much more difficult to maintain emotional health as well. And what’s more: People who are impaired by substance abuse problems may find themselves in situations where they’re exposed to more trauma and anxiety, creating a cycle of events in which both conditions only worsen.

Treating the problem at the source

Because alcohol and PTSD are intertwined, it’s important to treat both problems in order to resolve symptoms and beat the substance abuse problem. And it’s also very important to make sure each patient’s treatment is completely customized for their needs. After all, every person’s journey and experiences are different, and it takes an individualized approach to care to overcome the root causes of both PTSD and substance abuse.

At Emerald Neuro-Recover Centers, we take a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, helping patients rid their bodies of harmful toxins that can interfere with healing and recovery. Therapy centers on a unique formulation of amino acids that’s delivered intravenously (through a needle), bypassing your digestive system so the formulation doesn't degrade. Once in your bloodstream, NAD + amino acids works to repair damaged cells, including nerve cells in your brain where addiction urges and mood disorders are centered. By optimizing the neural pathways and signaling in your brain, patients can kick their substance abuse habits with little to no withdrawal symptoms, and they can also relieve many of the symptoms of PTSD. After therapy, many patients report marked improvement in their symptoms, while also experiencing benefits like:

NAD + amino acids is focused on supporting your body's own ability to heal by providing your body with the tools it needs to repair and restore nerves and other tissues so you can relieve symptoms of PTSD, overcome substance cravings, and even improve your underlying health for long-term benefits. NAD + amino acids therapy can be customized for each patient's needs, and it's frequently used with other types of therapy like behavioral therapy to enhance results and improve outcomes.

PTSD and substance abuse: Know your options

NAD + amino acids can be an ideal treatment option for people who suffer from PTSD and substance abuse problems, and it can also be a good option for people who are dealing with just one of these issues. To learn more about NAD + amino acids therapy and whether it's a good choice for your needs, contact Emerald Neuro-Recover today and schedule your personal, confidential consultation.

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