Florida PTSD and Trauma Treatment Center

Trauma Therapy at Beachway Therapy Center

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions in America. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that roughly 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD, and that number is likely much higher when undiagnosed case numbers are considered. At Beachway Therapy Center, we understand how mental disorders like PTSD can negatively impact many aspects of a person’s life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Our mental health treatment programs are individualized for each patient following an initial assessment. We use a combination of traditional treatment and counseling and holistic care to treat conditions like PTSD and help facilitate healing.

Many people also suffer from trauma, which can occur from one single shocking or emotionally significant event or after a series of events. Like PTSD, trauma can lead to depression or anxiety, substance abuse disorders, and other debilitating behaviors. Individuals suffering from PTSD and trauma are often at the highest risk of developing alcohol or substance abuse problems because of the overwhelming need to make the unpleasant symptoms disappear.

PTSD and trauma are unpredictable disorders because the symptoms and behavior are often different in each case. Because of this, it’s important to seek specialized care from qualified professionals like those at Beachway, who have experience helping those with the disorder.

Is Trauma the Same as PTSD?

Trauma is different from PTSD and can impact individuals in ways that are completely unrelated to PTSD. PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop from traumatic events. Trauma can stem from various traumatic events, both singular and recurring, intentional and unintentional.

Some common traumatic events can include:

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Grief and loss:

Some experience trauma via grief and loss after the death of a friend, parent, child, or other family member(s), and they might cycle into deep depression or feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety.

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Trauma can result from sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse. People who were victims of bullying or dealt with verbal abuse or negative circumstances at home as a child might be suffering from unresolved trauma. Other examples of abuse include abandonment, neglect, sexual assault or harassment, or other sexual trauma.

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Life circumstances:

Betrayal, adultery, divorce, and even termination from employment can be traumatic and create long-lasting effects that might trigger substance abuse or addiction. Other examples include personal illness, illness of a loved one, surviving a natural disaster, military experiences, witness to violence, and vehicular accidents with life-changing implications.

Because individuals process harmful experiences differently, there is no single “type” of trauma that is worse or more damaging. Each patient’s traumatic experience is treated with great care, targeted therapy, clinical support and a holistic approach.

How Does PTSD Lead to Substance Abuse?

Drugs or alcohol can become a crutch for people in pain. Those suffering from trauma and PTSD often do not come forward to ask for treatment and instead choose to self-medicate with substances to dull the intense and uncomfortable feelings associated with the disorder. For example, those struggling with PTSD may have trouble sleeping, so they reach for sleep aids to get a restful night’s sleep and may become addicted.


Using drugs or alcohol to fix any personal issues is not a viable solution. Substance abuse worsens PTSD symptoms. In most cases, alcohol addiction with PTSD leads to intense feelings of depression, anger, and isolation. Individuals may then turn to more significant drug use for intense binges to get the same results.

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Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Identifying substance abuse often requires an objective look at the patient’s various habits and opinions. Just like PTSD, the symptoms of addiction and substance abuse vary in each individual; however, there are several warning signs, including:

  • Losing interest in hobbies and activities.
  • Failing to meet work or family commitments.
  • Gaining or losing weight.
  • Feeling the need to drink or use drugs to be accepted, liked, or loved.
  • Hiding habits and being secretive.
  • Engaging in risky behavior such as driving under the influence.
  • Losing contact with family and friends, increasingly isolated.
  • Legal difficulties.
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