Substance Abuse and Working with the Court System

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When facing a substance abuse or alcohol charge, life can become stressful.  On top of the court’s requirements things  After a traumatic experience, it’s normal to feel frightened, sad, anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn’t fade and you feel stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like you’ll never get over what happened or feel normal again. But by seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless.

Most people associate PTSD with battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause in men—but any overwhelming life experience can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.

PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.

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Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include:

•Natural disasters
•Car or plane crashes
•Terrorist attacks
•Sudden death of a loved one
•Sexual or physical abuse
•Childhood neglect

Or any shattering event that leaves you stuck and feeling helpless and hopeless

The difference between PTSD and a normal response to trauma

The traumatic events that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of PTSD. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events.

For most people, however, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually lift. But if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the symptoms don’t decrease. You don’t feel a little better each day. In fact, you may start to feel worse.

A normal response to trauma becomes PTSD when you become stuck

After a traumatic experience, the mind and the body are in shock. But as you make sense of what happened and process your emotions, you come out of it. With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, you remain in psychological shock. Your memory of what happened and your feelings about it are disconnected. In order to move on, it’s important to face and feel your memories and emotions.

Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time. Sometimes symptoms appear seemingly out of the blue. At other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell.
While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms:
1.Re-experiencing the traumatic event
2.Avoiding reminders of the trauma
3.Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

Symptoms of PTSD: Re-experiencing the traumatic event
•Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
•Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
•Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
•Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
•Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)

Symptoms of PTSD: Avoidance and numbing
•Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
•Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
•Loss of interest in activities and life in general
•Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
•Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)

Symptoms of PTSD: Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
•Difficulty falling or staying asleep
•Irritability or outbursts of anger
•Difficulty concentrating
•Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
•Feeling jumpy and easily startled

Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

•Anger and irritability
•Guilt, shame, or self-blame
•Substance abuse
•Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
•Depression and hopelessness
•Suicidal thoughts and feelings
•Feeling alienated and alone
•Physical aches and pains


Balanced Lifestyle Counseling offers PTSD counseling in Rochester Hills, MI. Call our experienced Rochester Hills PTSD counselors at (248) 652-4799 to make an appointment.

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