There has been a strong connection liked between being exposed to trauma and substance abuse disorder. People who have been through traumatic experiences such as child abuse, war, domestic violence, and even mental abuse often turn to drugs or alcohol to self medicate to help with feeling the emotional pain, anxiety, and memories. It is common for individuals suffering from PTSD and substance abuse to get caught in a vicious cycle and putting themself into more situations causing even more trauma. Up to 80 percent of veterans that are seeking PTSD treatment have substance abuse disorder and are at a higher risk of attempted suicide. Adolescents and adult men and women who have been sexually assaulted are five times more likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, then those who have not been exposed to such traumatic experiences. When individuals start self-medicating with alcohol or other substances, they are in the hope it is going to make them feel better from the guilt or shame they are feeling. These substances might have temporary relief but risk a life long struggle of addiction. Having PTSD or substance abuse disorder, sometimes both can cause the person a lot of mayhem in life not only for themself but the family and loved ones as well. When you or someone close to you is suffering from substance abuse, reach out for professional help. At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we have the resources to help you or your loved one receive the appropriate support you need. Call us at 1-844-SOBER-00; it is never too late to get the help you deserve!