Struggling with PTSD After Recovery

In the world after recovery, we all have fears about the things that affected us and helped bring us down this path. Even after getting through our recovery process, we still are afraid of everything that could possibly come back to haunt us in some way. When we leave treatment, we still may have a certain degree of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a condition that develops after experiencing a devastating or traumatic event. PTSD is commonly associated with veterans who serve in the military and the incredible hardships they endure while in service, but it can also be formed by anyone who undergoes something traumatic. You may form PTSD after the death of a loved one, a car accident, or even after undergoing a mental breakdown or struggle. Everyone is different and anything that is emotionally taxing can be the root cause of PTSD. It is a difficult thing to deal with as it can create a lot of fear and anxiety in your life. It is important to understand PTSD and how to live with it.

PTSD has five distinct stages, the first of which is The Emergency Stage. This is the stage where everything is heightened. You may experience intense stress and high levels of anxiety. The “fight or flight” response will kick into gear quickly and often. Second, is The Numbing Stage, where a person may try to deny or ignore any emotions they are feeling. They are so determined to avoid any further mental anguish that they will deny themselves the ability to recognize what they are really going through. This is, obviously, a very dangerous mindset, and must be addressed as soon as possible. The third stage is known as The Intrusive/Repetitive Stage, where a person, despite their attempts to ignore what they are going through, they are experiencing flashbacks and nightmares about their trauma. They are still caught up in the fear of it happening again and their brain is forcing them to live it again. It can be the most destructive of all the stages, but can also be the point where a person is more inclined to face their PTSD and accept that they may need to treat it. The next stage is The Transition Stage, where you begin to enter recovery from PTSD. You begin to accept what is going on and this is where healing will begin to occur. You will be able to better grasp what you went through and how it has affected your life. The final stage is The Integration Stage, where you will begin to successfully work through your PTSD recovery program. As you begin to have your PTSD under control and learning more coping mechanisms, you will be able to integrate back into society and the world around you. 

This is the basic outline of how PTSD works and progresses, but it will differ for each and every person. There is no one-size-fits-all situational diagnosis for those of us with PTSD. For someone who has already gone through something difficult with their mental condition, it can feel defeating. It can feel like that for all the progress you have made in getting through your initial struggles, you are still trapped in some way without a way of escape. But we have to accept the fact that our minds are going to take time to recover from what we have gone through, and that can include dealing with some kind of PTSD. It is not a sign of weakness or doom that we are encountering some degree of the condition; it just means that our bodies are working on getting through our emotional turmoil and response to it. It may not be an easy process, but we have to let your bodies go through the process in their own way, and we have to go through recovery to make it better. Entering another form of recovery is okay, especially if it means your mental well-being. 

The world can seem like a scarier place when trying to reintegrate and see through a new lens of recovery from mental illness. We can find ourselves afraid of things that we associate with our lowest points; we remind ourselves of everything that happened to us, and it is emotionally damaging to go through. PTSD can affect us in numerous ways and it doesn’t just have to be those of us who served in the military. It can be those of us who struggled heavily with our mental illnesses and substance use. Opening ourselves up to that possibility, accepting that it is possible and not denying ourselves that possibility, can do so much to help us move on in our lives. 

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]