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Effects of PTSD on Physical Health

Effects of PTSD on Physical HealthPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has many effects, and many people think these effects are primarily psychological. However, PTSD impacts not only your emotional well-being, but also your physical health, and the health of those around you. If you notice these problems in yourself or a loved one, then seek professional help as soon as possible to begin recovery.

PTSD and Chronic Pain

PTSD can cause patients to worry constantly. When people have PTSD, they may experience flashbacks of a terrible incident, chronic anxiety, depression, mood swings or they may self-medicate their symptoms with drugs or alcohol. All of this tension can add up, which will have severe physical repercussions. On top of that, some people with PTSD experienced injury when the tragic incident occurred. These injuries can be a source of constant emotional strain, but they can also be a source of opiate addiction. Many people are prescribed opiate painkillers after accidents or injury, and these painkillers can easily lead to dependence and addiction if people abuse these substances.

PTSD in the Family

PTSD affects more people than the unhealthy family member. If one of your family members struggles with PTSD, the stress and strain can take a toll on you as well. Living with someone who struggles with PTSD can feel like walking on eggshells. You may be constantly concerned about your loved one and also concerned about upsetting your loved one. In this way, PTSD is a family affliction. Higher stress levels can lead to headaches, stomachaches and a greater susceptibility to illness such as cold and flu for the whole family. Partners of people with PTSD have higher risks for family violence and injury. If your relationship causes you to feel in danger or constantly stressed, please call us for support.

PTSD and Addiction

PTSD is an incredibly difficult problem to live with. For instance, many people want to numb feelings of stress and anxiety as best they can, but when these problems are magnified under PTSD, they may do anything it takes to find relief. Sometimes they will drink to excess to feel better, and this may even become a regular event. Unfortunately, PTSD and addiction often go hand-in-hand, but there is help for both concerns.

Treatment for PTSD and Addiction

Integrated treatment addresses both addiction and emotional disorders at the same time. Because PTSD and addiction work together to destroy your life, you must treat both issues to promote recovery. Taking time away from your life to work on these issues can help you build a future free from these constant concerns. You owe it to yourself to find out more about recovery: we offer a toll-free, 24 hour helpline that can help you begin recovery. We can help you decide if treatment is right for you and your family, and we can also decide what type of treatment works best for you. Call now to learn more about how to address both your psychological disorder and resulting drug addiction.