Those people who perhaps deserve it least can be driven to abuse alcohol as a result of trauma suffered on the job or in military service. Soldiers, firemen, police and other law enforcement that experience combat, violence and disasters on the job can experience such personal trauma that they may find what seems like relief from alcohol abuse or drugs.
But despite any momentary oblivion a person is able to find through drinking or drugs, they are making themselves worse. This is according to the National Instate on Drug Abuse, which has stated that substance abuse helps cause higher rates of illness and death among those suffering from a mental condition. Addiction resulting from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD alcohol abuse or drug abuse) simply burdens a person with another layer of suffering.
To recover, this person deserves addiction recovery that works to relieve the impulse to drink or use drugs. And just covering up the problem with a layer of medication will not improve the underlying condition.
Depression and Guilt Fuel PTSD
Those who have been through traumatic situations can experience long-lasting depression afterwards. There may be nightmares and flashbacks during which the person may feel like they are back in the traumatic environment once again. The person may suffer from guilt that they survived and others didn’t or they may have the feeling that they did not do enough to help.
Ironically, depression and guilt are often suffered by addict who do not suffer from PTSD. The physical depletion and loss of hope of a sober future can itself create depression. If a person experiences progress in recovery sufficient to let them see that the end of addiction is at hand, and gets help for the physical suffering resulting from addiction, then depression often lifts. It may be replaced by a focus on the future and an interest in healing relationships that were damaged by substance abuse.
Guilt often results from the terrible things a person did while they were addicted. Heavy drugs or alcohol abuse change a person so that their good qualities are obscured. They so very often do things they never would have done before they were addicted, and commit crimes, sometimes serious ones. They usually betray those closest to them. Continued drug use covers up this emotion but when sobriety is considered or they run out of drugs, the guilt comes flooding in. It is no wonder that sobriety looks impossible to an addicted person.
At Arrowhead Narconon Addicts Can Free Themselves From Depression & Guilt
The Narconon holistic and alternative drug rehab program takes these factors into account and has developed a program that provides relief. It helps a person in recovery learn how personal integrity was lost and how it can be regained. Each person them applies these principles and so experiences the relief that is possible when guilt drops away. And as mentioned, when the future begins to look hopeful, depression is replaced by an interest in getting back to a sober life.
The Arrowhead Narconon program is located near McAlester, Oklahoma, readily accessible to all corners of the US. The Narconon International management offices in Los Angeles oversee operations in fifty rehab locations to ensure quality of the program at each site. For further information on this long-term program that gets results, call the international office of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750.