“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).”

Many people who suffer through trauma can experience trauma-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder (ASD), and depression. People turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the emotional pain, lack of sleep, terror, shame, and flashbacks of a traumatic event. According to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, “Many people find themselves in a vicious cycle in which exposure to traumatic events produces increased alcohol and drug use, which produces new traumatic event experiences, which leads to even worse substance use, and so forth.”

Mental health conditions frequently occur among people with substance use disorders. Trauma-related substance use disorders wreak havoc on the person who suffers from them. Often, major problems develop and relationships are compromised.  

Some of the problems people face after a traumatic event are symptoms of ASD and PTSD. A person suffering with ASD feels dissociation, which includes feelings of unreality or disconnection, intrusive thoughts and images, reminders of the trauma, and anxiety. If these experiences last more than a month, they are classified as symptoms of PTSD.

The use of alcohol or drugs can provide a temporary relief for traumatized people, including those who have debilitating problems. The relief a person gets after using drugs or alcohol is temporary and can lead to a substance use disorder or addiction. Drugs and alcohol impact a person’s physical and mental health and can increase the risk of organ failure, overdose, or death. Drugs and alcohol affect the way the brain works. When drugs and alcohol affect a person’s speech, movement, ability to concentrate, and be productive at work.

Natural disasters can lead to trauma-related disorders and substance abuse. Natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, or fire, can destroy homes, personal possessions, pets, and even take the lives of loved ones. People who experience a natural disaster turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with feelings of distress, anxiety, fear, and PTSD.   

There is help for trauma-related disorders and substance use disorders. Make the decision to get help today. There is treatment available that is customizable to suit what is best for you.

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