Alcohol Abuse and PTSD

Recent celebrity posting has created a whole lot of buzz around an inmate serving a lenghthy term for murder named Cyntoia Brown. Most noticeably, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian posted on Instagram about how Brown was charged as an adult for the murder of a man she thought was going to kill her. Brown was only sixteen when she committed the murder, but was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. She has been in prison for over ten years. People from all over the country are sharing Brown’s story in the hopes of her getting another appeal and possible be released from prison.

            Cyntoia was forced into prostitution by her now deceased pimp, Cut Throat. She has been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and has admitted to using drugs and alcohol while on the streets. Cyntoia Brown was convicted before the case was made that she could have possibly had PTSD. PTSD can step from repeated or a single incident of abuse, and Brown was subjected to numerous sex acts with older men at a young age. Events such as these can have such a lasting impact on an individual, they can develop PTSD and become prone to alcohol abuse or addiction. Brown also has a long history of mental illnesses such as borderline personality disorder.

            The sad truth is that there are many people out on the streets that are at a high risk of becoming victims of alcohol abuse and PTSD. For Cyntoia Brown, all of the odds were stacked against her. She was born into poverty and attempted to escape a cycle of abuse by running away. Instead, she was repeatedly traumatized by being abused and encouraged to ingest many drugs. It is possible that Brown looked to drugs to lessen the PTSD symptoms that come along with being sexually abused. With her previous mental health disorders, the use of drugs and alcohol could have brought more illnesses in her brain to the surface, ending in her committing murder.

            What can we do? As an informed member of the public, make sure to always be aware of the effects that happen when people with mental disorders and illnesses abuse dangerous substances. Become knowledgeable of recovery treatment centers that can treat both a mental disorder such as PTSD and an addiction to a substance. They will typically have programs called dual diagnosis which means that they will treat the underlying mental health issue, alongside the drug addiction.

Addiction and Trauma Rehab

            Getting clean and sober is the first step to addiction and trauma rehab. After an addict rids their body of all toxins and gets the physical help they need, they will also have to work on repairing their mental state. Dealing with trauma can be extremely devastating and takes lots of hard work.

            Trauma rehab may entail therapy, meditation, and resources and tools to help you deal with trauma on your own. You may need to become an inpatient at a rehab facility to fully restore your mind to a state of wellbeing.

Programs for Recovering Addicts

            There are so many programs out there for recovering addicts. If you are spiritual or not, there is a group out there that can help you. There is 12 step process to getting clean, as well as holistic care methods to get clean. You can also just go the conventional way with medication.

Long Term Addiction Treatment

            There are many people whose addictions have gone past the point of an outpatient recovery. Sometimes long term addiction treatment will be necessary for an addict. There can be a trained professional to monitor the addict at all times and provide possible medical care.

            When an addict also has a mental health disorder, their treatment may take much longer than the average person. Rehab centers can take all aspects of a person’s life into consideration when creating a treatment plan that works for them. They can work around your busy schedule and cater to any of your needs.

Outpatient Alcohol Monitoring Program and Childhood Trauma Treatment

            There are many addicts that can recover without having to commit to being locked up in a rehab facility. Many centers will offer an outpatient alcohol monitoring program so that the addict can still carry on with their day to day responsibilities as they get better.

            These trained professionals are aware that many addicts have turned to drugs because they suffered a terrible childhood trauma. They can get these addicts into specific childhood trauma treatment programs to accommodate to their individual needs.

            There is a chance that if someone reached out to Cyntoia Brown earlier on, she could have gotten the proper heath to treat her addictions and mental health issues and that she would be a free woman today. 

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