South Florida Detox | The Link Between PTSD and Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Studies show 50- to 60 percent of individuals who suffer from PTSD also suffer from addiction. PTSD often occurs after a traumatic experience.  Some common experiences that cause PTSD are Military combat, Serious accidents, and injury, Natural disasters, Acts of terrorism, Sexual or physical assault during childhood or as an adult, or the death of a loved one. PTSD symptoms cans occur just a few months after a traumatic event, or years later. Some symptoms include: avoiding certain people or places for the event, flashbacks, outbursts, and trouble sleeping. Unfortunately, these symptoms often lead to substance abuse and an addiction. If you are suffering from addiction, contact our South Florida detox.

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the Link Between PTSD and Addiction

Individuals who suffer from the harsh symptoms of PTSD, often turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. However, after the substances wear off, PTSD symptoms are often worse.  Substance abuse contributes to PTSD symptoms, and PTSD symptoms can make someone turn to substances to cope. PTSD changes brain chemistry in much the same way substance abuse and addiction do. Therefore, these disorders often feed off of each other.



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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.