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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that develops when an individual experiences one or more traumatic events. Unfortunately, when PTSD goes untreated, those who suffer from it can find themselves developing substance abuse problems that create an entirely new batch of issues. This type of co-occurring disorder is common, however the staff at Northbound Treatment Services can help address both an individual’s struggles with their PTSD and their substance abuse in ways that allow them to start over and live sober.

At Northbound, those who are diagnosed with PTSD and addiction will go through a number of different treatments and therapies to help address their issues both separately and simultaneously. The process of recovering from a dual diagnosis that includes PTSD can take time for some, however once recovery is solidified, Northbound can help those patients reintegrate back into their everyday lives that include work, a personal life, and/or schooling options. However, without treatment such as that which Northbound can provide, the symptoms of PTSD and their effects can lead to worsening symptoms and an even more intense experience with addiction.

Causes and Symptoms of PTSD

  • War/Combat Exposure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Accidents
  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Physical Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Death/Loss
  • Terrorism


In addition, PTSD is also more common in individuals that already suffer from depression and/or anxiety, or those who have preexisting chemical imbalances in their brain.

Regardless of the cause, many of the symptoms of PTSD are typically the same. Unfortunately, however, these symptoms are what lead to the misuse of substances such as drugs and alcohol as a method of coping. According to the Mayo Clinic and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, some of the most common symptoms of PTSD can include the following:

  • Vivid flashbacks of traumatic experience(s)
  • Nightmares
  • Extreme distress
  • Physical reactions when thinking of event
  • Avoidance of people, places, or hobbies
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Growing emotionally detached from others
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Paranoia
  • Intense anxiety
  • Deep depression
  • Hypervigilance
  • Irritability/mood swings


At Northbound, we do not believe that anyone should have to deal with these symptoms on his or her own, especially if they are leading to an increased interest in substance abuse. At our facility, we utilize our highly skilled and talented team members to provide individuals with PTSD and substance abuse issues the most comprehensive care possible so that the entire problem is treated – not just one issue over the other.

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Psychological Treatment and Medication Options for PTSD

PTSD and substance abuse often require a number of different treatment options, many of which are combined with one another. For example, most treatment facilities will approach PTSD with therapies such as the following:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Psychotherapy

At Northbound, we approach PTSD and accompanying psychological trauma by not only using these techniques, but also by introducing the 12-Steps to each one of our clients. We believe that by working the Steps, those individuals who are dealing with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse can begin to see what feeds their trauma and quickly work to begin developing solutions to prevent that from occurring in the future. In addition, we will also provide a variety of care that includes nutrition counseling, physical exercise, and cultural outings. We also encourage participation in group therapy sessions with both peers and family members to help encourage support throughout the process.

We also recognize that a co-occurring disorder such as PTSD and substance abuse sometimes requires medication assistance. At Northbound, we assess each patient individually to determine if medication is appropriate for him or her. Some of the most common medications used to treat PTSD include:

  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications

Northbound only utilizes medication when necessary, and believes that medication administration should be accompanied by a variety of different therapeutic activities in order to achieve the most lasting and effective results.

Do You Need Help for PTSD and Addiction?

At Northbound, we understand how your PTSD and substance abuse problem goes hand in hand. We are dedicated to helping you work through your struggles and learn how to cope with your trauma without using ever again. To get the help you deserve, call Northbound today to be connected to a knowledgeable and caring group of individuals who can get you started on the path to your sobriety immediately.

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