Injury-Related Trauma and Addiction

Injury-Related Trauma and AddictionInjury-related trauma is a frequent cause of addiction. Sudden injuries such as those following car accidents, combat situations, violent crime or on-the-job accidents present many risks for addiction including the following:

  • Anxiety or panic following the injury (post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD)
  • Extreme pain requiring narcotic prescription pain killers
  • Depression following debilitating injury

Whether related to the physical aspects of injury (pain,) or the emotional (PTSD,), trauma is one of the leading causes of substance abuse and addiction. Recovery from trauma-induced addiction is complicated but possible with the proper treatment.

How Trauma Leads to Addiction

When a person experiences any kind of intense trauma their brain reacts defensively and chemically. In some cases, the intense shock of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain short-circuits its healthy neurological functions. Like a fuse-box that gets struck by lightning, the traumatized brain first responds defensively, shutting down circuits to avoid further damage. Once the trauma is passed, though, the brain sometimes experiences lasting effects from the jolt it suffered.
One of the most common responses to trauma is substance abuse that leads to addiction. Drugs and alcohol provide very short-lived relief of the lingering psychological effects of PTSD. When tThe brain begins to craves that relief, and an addiction is born.

Symptoms of PTSD

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of PTSD and a heightened risk for addiction:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional outbursts or abusive behavior
  • Persistent anxiety
  • Self-medication through substance abuse

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please call our toll-free helpline any time, day or night, for immediate and thorough help.

Addiction Recovery for Injury-Related Trauma Victims

Recovering from injury-related trauma, PTSD and addiction requires a multi-faceted and nuanced approach. Each aspect of the disorder is connected to the others, and lasting recovery will require a careful diagnosis of all aspects of dysfunction, followed by a detailed and meticulous treatment plan. Only the most sophisticated recovery programs offer that level of service, but we can connect you to them.

Although each patient is treated as an individual, the following therapeutic techniques have been proven to be quite effective:

  • Careful diagnosis of all co-occurring disorders
  • Medically supervised detox
  • Amended non-addictive pain management
  • Personal and group counseling
  • Empowering education about the disease
  • 12-step programs
  • Long-term aftercare

If you would like to explore this level of treatment please call our toll-free helpline right away. Our counselors are always standing by and are ready to answer your questions and to connect you to the help you need. If left untreated, the effects of trauma can be fatal. Suicidal thoughts and actions are tragically common among those with this disease.

Find the best help for your injury and your trauma today. Call now and let us help you through the physical and psychological damage and put you on the road to recovery.

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