Our veterans have served our country and fought for our freedom, and they deserve access to quality treatment. Traditional psychotherapy has shown to be ineffective in treating our veterans. Recent studies show that only 50% of veterans undergoing treatment show signs of long-term recovery. This number is staggering, which is why our team at Serenity Light Recovery is taking a deeper look at how we can be a part of the solution. Once assessed, we create an individualized veteran substance abuse treatment plan for each individual.
PTSD and Addiction
There are several symptoms that typically accompany PTSD. These include:
- Recurring intrusive thoughts related to the trauma
- Avoidance of certain stimuli
- Physiological arousal such as hypervigilance, difficulty with sleep, irritability, and hyperactivity.
The National Institutes of Health estimate that, of the approximately 2+ million veterans returning from war, up to 20% suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. We understand that trauma often precedes an increase in substance use. It could also be a result of trying to manage difficult emotions. In turn, when detoxing, the client’s withdrawal symptoms tend to exacerbate the PTSD symptoms, making it difficult to cope. This vicious cycle often leads to lesser outcomes and higher relapse rates in veterans. For this reason, it is crucial that veteran substance abuse treatment addresses both the substance use disorder, as well as trauma.