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Understanding the Link Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

Understanding the Link Between PTSD and Substance Abuse


When trauma touches our lives, its aftermath can be profound and far-reaching. For many individuals, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) emerges as a result. Unfortunately, many of those struggling with PTSD also grapple with substance abuse as a way to cope. At Denovo Recovery, we understand the intricate relationship between PTSD and substance abuse, and we are here to help.

The Vicious Cycle of PTSD and Addiction

It’s not uncommon for those with PTSD to turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to numb the pain or to try and forget the traumatic event. However, this temporary relief can quickly spiral into addiction. Here’s how the cycle typically unfolds:

  • Seeking Relief: The individual uses drugs or alcohol to dampen the symptoms of PTSD.
  • Dependence Develops: Over time and with continued use, physical and emotional dependence on the substance grows.
  • PTSD Symptoms Worsen: Rather than alleviating PTSD symptoms, substance use can exacerbate them.
  • Increased Substance Use: As the PTSD symptoms intensify, the individual consumes even more of the substance trying to find relief.

If you or someone you know is caught in this cycle, remember, there is hope.

Healing the Whole Self at Denovo Recovery

At Denovo Recovery, we don’t just treat symptoms. We address the whole person, focusing on both the PTSD and the substance abuse. Our approach is comprehensive, ensuring that every aspect of your journey towards recovery is addressed:

  • Individualized Treatment Plans: Because every person’s experience with PTSD and addiction is unique.
  • Experienced Therapists: Professionals trained in trauma-informed care and substance abuse recovery.
  • Holistic Approaches: Incorporating methods such as meditation, yoga, and mindfulness to support overall well-being.
  • Peer Support: Connecting you with others who’ve been where you are and have found a path to healing.

Why Choose Denovo Recovery for PTSD and Substance Abuse Treatment?

Selecting a recovery center is a significant decision. At Denovo Recovery, we pride ourselves on offering an environment where healing and recovery can truly begin. Here are a few reasons why you should consider us:

  • Proven Track Record: Our team has helped countless individuals reclaim their lives from PTSD and substance abuse.
  • Cutting-Edge Treatment Modalities: We stay updated with the latest research to provide the most effective treatments.
  • Dedication to Client Well-being: Our team’s commitment ensures your safety and well-being at every stage of recovery.

Break the Cycle with Denovo Recovery

PTSD and substance abuse might be deeply intertwined, but they don’t have to define your life. With the right support, resources, and dedication, you can break free from this cycle. At Denovo Recovery, we’re committed to helping you find your path to healing.

If you’re ready to take that crucial first step, we’re here to support you. Join the Denovo family and let’s embark on a transformative journey together.


1. What types of treatment does Denovo Recovery offer for PTSD and substance abuse?

At Denovo Recovery, we offer a range of treatment options tailored specifically for individuals suffering from PTSD and substance abuse. Our treatments include individualized therapy sessions, group therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and holistic approaches like mindfulness, yoga, and meditation.

2. Can I only receive treatment for substance abuse without addressing my PTSD at Denovo Recovery?

We strongly recommend treating both PTSD and substance abuse simultaneously for effective and sustainable recovery. Our integrated approach ensures that the underlying issues related to both conditions are addressed, significantly reducing the risk of relapse.

3. How long does a typical treatment program last?

The duration of the treatment program can vary depending on individual needs, the severity of the PTSD and substance abuse, and the rate of progress during recovery. However, treatment programs usually last between 30 to 90 days. It’s crucial to consult with our healthcare professionals for an assessment to determine the most appropriate length for your unique situation.

4. Is my treatment confidential?

Absolutely. At Denovo Recovery, we strictly adhere to privacy laws and guidelines. Your personal information and treatment details are kept confidential at all times.

5. How can I get started with Denovo Recovery’s treatment program?

Taking the first step is always the hardest, but we’re here to make it easier. Simply reach out to us via our website or give us a call. Our admissions team will guide you through the initial assessment process and answer any questions you may have. We aim to make the admissions process as smooth as possible so you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery.

Remember, healing is a journey that begins with a single step, and Denovo Recovery is here to walk that path with you.