SA#3: Seeking Safety
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may result from exposure and sometimes multiple exposures to highly traumatic events such as child abuse, accidents, violent personal assaults, military combat, or natural or human caused disasters.
Research has documented a strong association between PTSD and substance abuse. One-third of people requiring substance abuse treatment have experienced significant traumatic events in their lives. For women seeking treatment the prevalence is even higher (up to 59%).