Ptsd and Drug Abuse

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On September 11th, 2001, the World Trade Center’s twin towers, located in New York City, were attacked by terrorist driven planes, causing them to collapse. This singular event caused an immediate reaction of panic, fear, and disorder throughout the globe. This disaster, which caused an enormous number of fatalities, was witnessed live by over 100,000 people, with millions more discovering the disturbing news mere hours later (Yehuda, 2002). Thousands of deaths, along with the threat of subsequent attacks and the beginning of a possible world war, left numerous people extremely alarmed and scared for the safety of themselves and their families. Many people exposed to the attacks developed trouble coping with the repercussions and responses…show more content…
Three of the most studied types of events are war and violent acts, child abuse (physical and sexual), and accidents (primarily, but not limited to automobile, resulting in serious injury or death). It needs to be noted that what may be considered a traumatic event for one individual may not be considered traumatic to another. Each individual has different coping mechanisms and abilities allowing them to deal with situations in different ways. As a result, it would be fair to include other life altering situations as causes to trauma. These would include the loss of a loved one, the loss of employment, or the loss of financial stability. A 2008 study performed at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, found that alcohol and substance abuse/dependence among individuals with PTSD was approximately 27%, a nearly 3 fold increase on people without the disorder (~10.8%) (Van Ameringen, 2008). When the relationship between trauma and substance abuse is examined from a Canadian perspective, it is difficult to overlook the Aboriginal population of northern Canada. This group of people possibly face more inequity and inequality than any other ethnicity in the country, and statistics on substance abuse are extremely high (Kirmayer, 2003). Many people with PTSD struggle to cope and use/abuse drugs as a way to handle the symptoms that they face with this disorder. Alternate means of treating the disorder are available, however in many
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