The mind is a powerful thing. If the mind is not healthy, it can influence the rest of the body toward ill health as well. True enough, many have found mental disorder to be not only emotionally debilitating, but physically as well.

Trauma is an extremely difficult thing to experience, so much so that its effects can linger and take over a person’s life years after it occurred. We often hear of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and until the media had brought to attention the effect it has on many of our soldiers’ lives, it didn’t seem to be that huge a deal. Many people brush it off as an expected consequence of a negative experience. You go through something ugly, you’ll naturally have nightmares about it. What they don’t understand is the extent it can reach to destroy a life.

We have many returning heroes who may have come back with their limbs and other body parts intact, but they’re far from whole. Many look at them and feel sad about their fall from glory. It’s definitely quite a plunge from heroism to addiction or alcoholism, yet, it’s a fact that many soldiers who suffer from PTSD turn to drugs and drink in order to cope with the turmoil in their mind. It’s even double the agony when they’re both physically and mentally hurting.

PTSD is, of course, not limited to soldiers who were involved in military combat. Other sufferers may have experienced some sort of violent assault, a devastating brush with a natural disaster or accident, sexual violation, or childhood abuse. If you think about it, acknowledging the effects of PTSD allows you to understand why so many turn to substance abuse, seemingly bent on self-destruction.

If you have loved ones suffering through PTSD, you can’t simply stand back and watch their lives and their very person deteriorate. You need to take action to help them combat their demons, and you need to make choices that will lead them to a life that is truly free of trauma and addiction. You can’t justify drug and alcohol abuse no matter the context; it will only make matters worse. The solution for such a situation is a good trauma and addiction treatment program.

An integrated trauma and addiction treatment program weaves the process of addiction treatment with treatment that is specific to trauma. A good program appreciates that each person has individual recovery needs that are best addressed with personalized counseling, psychiatry, psychology, medical care, family care, and even spiritual care.

Recovery may be a lifelong process, but with a good foundation for it, patients can get better every day, and enjoy a good quality of life even as they work toward complete wellness.