The effects of drugs can last longer than just a few days or even a month after a person uses them. Drugs can leave permanent damage to the individual and alter the primary response and thought system of the body. Because they are toxic substances or poisons they damage the organs of the body.
But, drugs also cause users to have symptoms related to what many diagnose as mental illness.
A recent study has just found a connection between the abuse of drugs or Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The study reported that 27% of women and 34% of men who had PTSD also had struggled with a drug problem.
Symptoms of PTSD
An anxiety disorder characterized as the inability of the body to respond to stress after a traumatic incident, Post-traumatic stress disorder has affected millions across the country.
Some of the incidents that have brought on the problem of dealing with stress are as follows:
• Violent incidents such as those witnessed by military personnel in Iraq.
• Death of a loved one.
• Violent crimes such as assault or domestic abuse.
• Child abuse.
• A car accident.
• Any major bodily injury or accident.
Those with any history of addiction have a greater possibility of developing PTSD after experiencing a traumatic incident such as any of the ones listed above.
Those experiencing PTSD usually have symptoms where they experience flashbacks of the incident; they have nightmares, or re-experience the event after it is over. There are also those who act the opposite and completely forget the event or block it out, some even pretend like the event did not happen.
The person may have factors in the environment that constantly remind him or her of the incident. They may show a lack of interest regarding life in general or feel anxiety, anger or sadness over what happened. There are also those who fear things after something traumatic has happened or become startled easily. There are also those who cannot focus or thing about anything other than the event causing a feeling of stress about living in general.
When a loss occurs or a major negative event an individual will often display emotions like apathy, grief, anger and fear. In most cases with enough time and positive changes in the environment they can overcome this. With those with a history of addiction and the connection between this and PTSD it can be difficult because in addition to the incident and symptoms related the body is often now equipped to deal with stress because of past or current drug use.
How Drugs & PTSD Are Related
When a person uses drugs they stay trapped in the body for several years, stored in the fatty tissue. When the body is dealing with stress and especially when there is stress occurring because of strain or upset over a past major incident the body goes to the stored fat for extra energy. Unfortunately because the drug residues lie in this stored fat they are re-released into the blood stream and the brain throwing off the normal function of the body.
The person could re-experience symptoms of feeling high on the drug, start to crave the drug or be unable to respond to day to day living. As a result they can display PTSD symptoms regularly because the stored drugs are still in the body causing negative effects.
Narconon Meetings Help Those With Addiction Related PTSD Symptoms
There is a way to handle the body and get the residues out that were left by drugs. Narconon meetings, or inpatient treatment has a sauna detoxification program that removes stored residues enabling ex-drug users to think more clearly and not be negatively affected by past drug use.
The program does not use NA but utilizes the sauna as well as life skills therapy for the mental issues attached to addiction.
For more information on Narconon meetings call 888-292-4999.