"Where there is no insight the people perish"


Post Traumatic Stress and Addiction

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 6:05 AM

"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which occurs after a negative trauma or event. Living with PTSD can be difficult and painful sometimes leading to addiction by self-medicating."



I know for a fact that my addiction to both alcohol and drugs was a result of what is now called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. How often do you hear that mentioned in AA? I don't think I have ever heard it mentioned. Occasionally, I have heard someone talk about the horrible trauma of being molested or something but generally it is not talked about.



If you hear anything about the cause of addiction in AA (Alcoholism in an addiction btw), it is usually that the cause is your "genes", brain chemistry disorder, or inability to metabolize alcohol. It’s all utter nonsense.


There are a few place (like the site referenced above) that correctly associate traumatic events with addiction to alcohol and drugs. However, there are fewer places indeed that know how to deal with the condition.


And that was the reason behind me writing my book "Up from Down". You can read the story of the traumatic events which gave rise to my addiction and how ultimately (after 50 years of suffering), I found the key to freedom.


Or you can continue to believe you have a "disease”, “faulty genes", or "abnormal brain chemistry" or an "allergy.".



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