PTSD in Military Families
Life in the military can be difficult for the military personnel who are serving their country and for their families who are supporting them back home. Many soldiers and officers return home after experiencing traumatic events or situations. They may face posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as a direct result of their experiences. Addiction can result when drugs and alcohol are used as a means of self-medicating PTSD symptoms. The need to get treatment goes beyond a need to overcome PTSD, as recovery involves the return of a sense of security and stability to military personnel and their families.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Symptoms
PTSD symptoms vary, but the following symptoms are frequently seen in those who are struggling with PTSD and substance abuse:
- Vivid flashbacks that can make the person feel as if they are feeling reliving the trauma all over again
- An inability to fall asleep or experiencing traumatic nightmares once sleep is attained
- Depression and withdrawing from social situations
- Feeling disconnected from friends, family or reality
- Angry outbursts or physical violence
- Physical effects such as an increase in blood pressure and racing heart when reminded of the trauma
- Difficulty concentrating on even the most familiar and simple of tasks
- Constantly feeling on high alert and being incredibly jumpy or easily startled
Without PTSD help the severity of the symptoms will escalate to the point where the person might feel that his or her life is worthless.
PTSD Support, Trauma Treatment and Addiction Help
Addiction and PTSD are not selective about who they affect. All members of the arms forces can be affected. When trauma begins to affect the whole family, family rehab and counseling programs may help. PTSD affects more than the person who has served his or her country, as it affects families and the ability to have a healthy relationship with a loved one. Getting PTSD treatment is an opportunity to help heal the family as a whole. PTSD recovery can be a long process, and it will need to be worked on long after leaving PTSD rehab facilities. When alcoholism and PTSD co-occur, treatment needs to be integrated to work on and address both areas of concern. If proper PTSD help is not provided and the addiction is the only thing treated, the addiction will return with the return of PTSD symptoms.
Help for PTSD in Military Families
When you call our toll-free helpline, one of our compassionate counselors will answer any questions you may have about PTSD. Calls are completely confidential and can help your whole family get the help needed to return a sense of stability and normalcy. We are here 24 hours a day to help you find a solution to PSTD and addiction. Please call now.