It can be difficult to think of having PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). What I really dislike about the diagnosis all are the negative connotations that surround it. For many people, the thought of PTSD is one of broken people who who will suffer for the rest of their lives. Having PTSD can come with feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness. None of this is true.
I’ve often been asked about trauma causing substance abuse. My answer has always been no, trauma doesn’t cause substance abuse issues, but it can be the precipitating factor in their development. It also aggravates substance abuse issues and can make recovery more difficult. But lets dig a bit deeper into what that actually means.