Suffering trauma changes your life. You see the world differently after your traumatic events and even experience ongoing struggles with PTSD. With PTSD, your trauma changes from a one-time or short term event to a long term battle. Many people slip into substance abuse and addiction because of trauma and PTSD triggers. But the right treatment helps you learn how to cope after your trauma, as well as how to stop abusing drugs or alcohol for your PTSD effects.
This important addiction recovery treatment comes from a quality men’s rehab and cognitive behavioral therapy program in Corona, CA. In Corona, you can get the help you need among male peers sharing your journey. An all-male treatment center also creates the safe space you need for real healing and dignified recovery to begin.
What Causes PTSD?
Do you know what triggers PTSD, in the first place? PTSD happens after trauma, even traumatic events that only occur for a few moments in time. But the after-effects of this trauma can bring a lifetime of problems. Thankfully, programs like our addiction therapy services can help.
Sometimes after trauma, the emotional effects of distress, fear, shame, anger, helplessness, or guilt do not go away. Some people feel better in only days or weeks. But for some, symptoms of the trauma last beyond a month. When this happens, the diagnosis is possibly PTSD.
A wide range of traumatic events can be what triggers PTSD to begin. These events include crime victimization, military combat, terrorism, accidents, injuries, physical abuse, sexual assault, or natural disasters.
PTSD is not a sign of weakness. Instead, the brain attempts to help you survive your trauma and prevent adverse events from happening again. It is your “fight or flight” complex.
Fight or flight is your body’s natural mechanism for keeping us alert and ready for what could happen again. In prehistoric times, this mechanism served a real purpose of keeping us safe from predators. Today, it leads to hyper-vigilance and the range of symptoms we no longer need when “safe.”
What are PTSD triggers?
PTSD triggers exist all around you in your daily life. These triggers are internal thoughts and feelings. Or they are external situations, people, places, or things in the environment. When you experience your own unique PTSD triggers, your symptoms erupt. These symptoms include a range of emotions and reactions, such as anxiety.
Knowing that these triggers exist empowers you to learn how to cope with them, instead of suffering every time they occur. Coping starts with identifying your triggers and trying to prevent them from triggering you. When they do occur, you also need coping skills to limit their impact on your life.
Unhealthy coping skills for PTSD include substance abuse. Many people drink alcohol or abuse drugs to temper their reactions to triggers. This leads many into a deeper struggle with PTSD and co-occurring addiction. Dual diagnosis treatment in a licensed rehab center provides the help and healing needed to better cope with your PTSD and rebuild your life in recovery.
Building Coping Skills for Improved Daily Life
Specific programs and therapies you need for PTSD and addiction recovery include:
- Residential rehab programs
- Dual diagnosis therapy
- Individual therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Group therapy
Ridgeview Recovery provides this vital support and treatment for men seeking help for PTSD triggers and addiction. You have struggled enough with your symptoms on your own. So now it is time to get the dual diagnosis help you need for a better life in recovery. Call Ridgeview Recovery now at 855.463.5505 and learn how you can build the coping skills you need for a happier, healthier future.