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How Trauma And Substance Abuse Are Intertwined

It might be surprising just how closely related trauma and substance abuse (or PTSD and substance abuse) can be. When you experience a traumatic event or situation, your body reacts by releasing cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones shut off the parts of the brain that are responsible for reprocessing the traumatic events, essentially preventing your brain from processing and moving on from the event. The natural response to trauma is a constant state of “fight or flight,” i.e., the source of PTSD and anxiety from traumatic events.

We’ve Helped Thousands of Individuals Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one are ready to overcome drug or alcohol abuse, our addiction specialists are here to guide you through every step. Many of our dedicated staff members are in long-term recovery themselves and understand firsthand the challenges of the recovery journey. This personal experience, combined with our professional expertise, allows us to offer compassionate, effective support tailored to your unique needs.

Signs That You May Be Suffering From PTSD

Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) bring about highly unpleasant symptoms that many people wish to minimize. If you are experiencing PTSD, you may have fatigue, depression, panic attacks, anxiety and guilt. You may also feel a sense of detachment, dissociation and low self-esteem. It’s also possible to experience flashbacks to the traumatic event or situation. Unresolved trauma and PTSD can also lead to sleep disturbances, nightmares, self-harm, physical pain and/or chronic illness, substance use or abuse, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Many people with PTSD seek out alcohol, marijuana or prescription depressants as a way to alleviate panic attacks and anxiety. Likewise, people with depression and fatigue stemming from PTSD may find passion and confidence in substances like cocaine or meth. 

Unfortunately, while those substances may seem to alleviate the symptoms of trauma and PTSD in the short term, they’re more likely to exacerbate them. Also, they can compound PTSD by introducing a chemical dependence — which itself can lead to anxiety and other distressing symptoms. Also, addiction can impair judgment, leading to unwise choices and possibly further trauma. 

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Our drug addiction and mental health treatment center proudly offers only the highest standard of care in addiction medicine and behavioral health, underpinned by our state-of-the-art facilities and a team of esteemed alcohol and drug treatment professionals. To get started, give us a call or request a call from an addiction specialist who can offer support and guidance for you or a loved one.

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Treating Trauma, PTSD And Substance Abuse At Right Path Rehab

First, we want to ensure that you’re stable. So, treatment often begins with medical drug or alcohol detox, allowing your body to rid itself of addictive substances that may be contributing to your PTSD symptoms. Right Path Rehab’s medical team will be on hand 24/7 to make sure you’re safe and comfortable throughout the detox experience. And if the withdrawal symptoms become difficult at any point, we’ll make sure you have the medication you need to manage them.

Once you’ve safely undergone detox, we’ll begin the real work of substance abuse rehab: Therapy. When a client comes with a history of trauma, it’s not unusual for them to hold negative beliefs about themselves based on the trauma — such as shame, guilt or resentment. They often manifest physical symptoms as well, including increased anxiety, depression, emotional patterns like unstable relationships. 

At Right Path Rehab, we start by identifying those symptoms, then working together to move past them. Our evidence-based addiction treatment options for PTSD and substance abuse include cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, as well as acceptance commitment therapy. These approaches, especially in tandem with our wellness curriculum, allow you to experience healing and balance. Using mindfulness, you’ll learn to live in the present — so your trauma no longer exerts the same degree of control over you.

When you’re ready to move on from the trauma that’s held you back, Right Path Rehab is here. We can’t wait to help you find a way forward. Let’s talk — and work together for a healthier, more satisfying life.


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Did you know that insurance can cover up to 100% of the costs of addiction treatment and mental health care? Our addiction treatment center accepts most insurance plans. For a free insurance benefits check complete our confidential insurance verification form by clicking the link below.


Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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