PTSD and Addiction

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects a great deal of our military personnel long after they have left the field of battle. It may lie dormant in your subconscious for months or years, only to surface suddenly and violently, destabilizing your mental health and perception of the present. While you may not be experiencing any symptoms of PTSD immediately upon your return from active duty, you should absolutely consult with a psychiatrist and discuss any particularly jarring memories from your time in active duty. This will facilitate your processing those experiences rather than suppressing them which could prove problematic for you later on.

Traumatic experiences can affect us for our entire lifetimes, influencing our interactions with those around us and our responses to stressful situations. This is why it is so important to properly process these experiences so they do not negatively impact your ability to handle stress in a healthy manner. At Evolutions, our clinical therapists have years of experience helping clients overcome PTSD, many of whom developed this disorder as a result of their time in the armed forces. We believe in a holistic approach to treating substance abuse disorders, one that addresses any underlying mental illnesses which may be contributing to your addiction. Treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit – is key to enabling long-term recovery from addiction. If you do not address your PTSD, you leave yourself vulnerable to relapse despite all the hard work you put into your recovery.

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process, requiring continuous awareness and improvement upon one’s behaviors and thought patterns. When you finally admit you have a problem and enter inpatient treatment for your substance abuse, you should address any potential past experiences which may be causing you PTSD. Talk to your therapist about any traumatic events that occurred in your life, no matter how minimal you feel they are. At Evolutions Treatment Center, our goal is to treat every facet of your life in order to help you achieve sustained sobriety. If you think you have a substance abuse problem stemming from PTSD, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so we may help you get on the path of recovery.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or