Thousands of people throughout New Jersey are struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs and many people struggle to understand why. With so many lives being ruined by the disease of addiction, you’d think that people would stay away from these potentially fatal substances. In order to combat the addiction epidemic in New Jersey, it’s important to understand why people turn to these substances in the first place. One of the primary reasons people turn to drugs and alcohol is a way to self-medicate trauma, and more people struggle with PTSD than you may think.
PTSD develops because the human brain is regularly doing whatever it can to help you survive. This form of mental illness largely affects two parts of the brain: the amygdala and the hippocampus. The hippocampus is responsible for forming memories, and the amygdala is where your fight or flight response comes from. When you experience trauma, the amygdala and hippocampus work together to remember the event to try and help you avoid it in the future. Unfortunately, this results in a person developing various triggers, and when triggered, the person experiences severe symptoms of anxiety.
If you’ve developed an addiction as a result of self-medicating your PTSD, you’ve probably realized that it’s made life even more difficult. There is a solution. Enlightened Solutions provides addiction treatment services in New Jersey to the people of Atlantic County, Camden County, Ocean County as well as the rest of the state. The treatment process starts with detox to safely get you off of substances, and then you begin the rehabilitation process. Through our program, you’ll see that you can overcome your trauma and begin healing without alcohol or drugs. If you’re ready to recover, give us a call today at 833-233-7336.
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