Disturbing events can have a lasting impact on one’s life. In such a situation, support from family members, along with therapeutic interventions, can help get rid of the pain and anguish. However, there are some who get adversely affected by the trauma that can lead to other complications. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.”
Reasons and effects of trauma are myriad. Traumatic events are common and affect thousands of people in the U.S. in any given year. To make available necessary support to trauma survivors and their caregivers, “National Trauma Survivor’s Day” is observed in the United States every year on May 17. Sponsored by the American Trauma Society, this year’s theme is “Stop the Bleed.” Various quarters like voluntary community organizations and federal agencies come together on this day to empower and inspire trauma survivors and their caregivers so that they seek timely treatment.
At times, dealing with trauma can get difficult and the victim might resort to substance abuse to deal with the agony resulting from traumatic experiences. It is common for victims of trauma to find relief in illicit substances like alcohol and drugs. While initial use may bring in some amount of respite from the constant reminiscences of traumatic experiences, continuous use may result in unwarranted addiction to the substance. Rampant substance use may result in substance use disorder and even aggravate signs of trauma apart from creating new kinds of problems that may mostly remain undetected and hence untreated.
For those struggling with both trauma and issues pertaining to substance abuse, it is necessary that they take the following steps for faster recovery:
Trauma patients tend to overlook recovery options partly fearing the stigma they and their families may be subjected to. In cases where patients are suffering from co-occurring mental health problems along with addiction, it is best to approach centers specializing in dual diagnosis.
Sovereign Health of El Paso, Texas specializes in treating all kinds of co-occurring conditions. The dual diagnosis treatment centers in Texas help in the quick recovery of patients availing necessary treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online for more information about residential dual diagnosis treatment centers in the U.S.