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Addiction after Witnessing a Violent Crime

Addiction after Witnessing a Violent CrimeWitnessing a violent crime can have a huge impact on your life. While the crime may only last a moment, the effects of this trauma can last indefinitely, if not addressed by professionals. Many people experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) even though they were not directly involved in a violent situation. The indirect involvement of witnessing a crime can have serious consequences. If a person is unable to handle the emotions associated with experiencing trauma, he or she may turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope.

All of your senses are involved, when you witness a violent crime. This causes the event to have a large impact on your brain, and, as you work with therapists and counselors to overcome the related trauma, you will need to address each sense and every aspect of the experience. Violent crime is beyond your control, but your reaction to your trauma is not. Choose to get professional help rather than turn to drugs or alcohol. Addiction will only complicate your emotions and your recovery.

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You don’t have to handle your traumatic past alone. We are here to help. If you are interested in learning how you can benefit from professional help and where you can find quality treatment for trauma and addiction, call our toll-free helpline today.