PTSD and Alcoholism 10 Years After September 11
For those who witnessed the fiery collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the scars that are left behind ten years later often still feel like open wounds. This is especially true of those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the tragic event. The images of body parts scattered about creep through at random and nightmares are a weekly occurrence. PTSD from the 9/11 attacks affected firefighters, members of the police force, and many others who fell victim that day. Sadly, PTSD and alcoholism often occur together and the combination of these disorders can be quite disastrous. According to the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, “10% – 33% of survivors of accidental, illness, or disaster trauma report problematic alcohol use, especially if they are troubled by persistent health problems or pain”.
Ten years after September 11, PTSD is still rearing its ugly head and many of those victims are now faced with not only horrible memories and pain but an addiction to battle as well. Because PTSD can even surface up to two years after an event, some of those who are suffering may not even have a clear understanding of why.
Seeking Alcohol Treatment
In these cases, seeking treatment for alcohol addiction can be a little more complicated but not impossible. There are many drug and alcohol treatment centers that offer dual diagnosis and can treat both disorders simultaneously. For victims of 9/11 still suffering from PTSD and alcoholism, it is important that both aspects be addressed as treatment for one but not the other will be much less effective. As you go through the process of entering a treatment center, you should certainly mention, whether for yourself or for a loved one, that PTSD exists so that placement in the right treatment program will not be an issue. Ask the alcohol treatment center about their aftercare programs as well, as ongoing support will be very important in relapse prevention for those who are dealing with PTSD.
If you are dealing with alcoholism and PTSD as a result of the 9/11 attacks that happened ten years ago, it may seem like things will never get better. Ten years is a long time to suffer. With the right treatment however, you can feel better and take back the life you once had.
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