WHAT IS Post traumatic stess disorder?

For most, post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a term they have heard for many years, but never truly understood the condition or its impact. Typically associated with military veterans and first responders, those with PTSD typically suffer in silence. There has been far more public conversation about PTSD in recent years and, fortunately, a greater effort is now being made to reach those who are afflicted. Although more individuals with PTSD are seeking the help they so desperately need, there are still far too many who are not. In fact, a United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report that was released in 2016 indicated that, from 1999 to 2010, an average of 22 military veterans committed suicide every day. That’s one every 65 minutes, and it’s likely that many of those were suffering from some form of PTSD.

PTSD and addiction

Not unlike other mental-health disorders, those who suffer from PTSD may not realize it or want to acknowledge it. Many of those with careers that required them to be strong, courageous and fearless believe there is a stigma associated with this condition, or that it is a sign of weakness. However, many sufferers turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope through their symptoms. Today, it is essential that those living with PTSD understand that help is available, and seeking it is the bravest thing you could possibly do. This co-occurring disorder does not improve on it's own and likely get worse with substance abuse.

If you or somebody you know is experiencing the following symptoms, they may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should consider a treatment program like the one offered at BriteLife Recovery:

  • Anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Avoidance
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of interest
  • Nightmares
  • Numbness


PTSD and substance abuse have high rates among the military community. Veterans who ask for treatment from the Veterans Administration (VA) for an addiction disorder often have PTSD. A military member deployed to the Middle East is at a higher risk of developing PTSD because of the stress, physical demand, and mental strain of combat.

It has also been linked to former service personnel who suffered sexual abuse while in the service. During their time in the armed forces, any military personnel can suffer from trauma regardless of their gender. A person who has been the victim of sexual assault, or harassment may also experience sexual trauma. The VA reports that one in five women in the military have experienced some form of sexual assault.

We work closely with a number of military bases and provide PTSD therapy for both active members and veterans. Our staff evaluates each client and develops a treatment plan that will be most effective for the individual. It is an honor for us to help those who have sacrificed so much for our country, and it is our mission to ensure that they receive the care they deserve. BriteLife proudly participates with Tricare health insurance. If you or a loved one are experiencing PTSD and substance use disorder, then BriteLife Recovery may be right for you. Call us at 866-470-2187 for a confidential assessment.

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