An experience of active combat can be incredibly traumatic, which is why there is such a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the veteran population. These less visible battle scars—the traumatic memories, flashbacks and other symptoms that can cause daily torment long after active duty has ended—are a reminder of the great sacrifice that fighting to defend our country entails. But that sacrifice doesn’t have to take a lifetime toll. There are ways to cope with and ultimately go on to overcome traumatic memories that any vet can benefit from knowing about:
Traumatic memories don’t need to be a life sentence that disrupts life in the present, causing a lifetime of suffering. There is relief, and many people go on to heal from some of the hardest symptoms of PTSD. Trauma-focused psychotherapies, a regular practice of gratitude, yoga, and medication are some of the ways that veterans can find concrete hope and healing, as part of a comprehensive strategy to take their life back in the aftermath of war.
Anna Ciulla, the Clinical Director at Beach House Center for Recovery, is responsible for designing, implementing and supervising the delivery of the latest evidence-based therapies for treating substance use disorders. She has a passion for helping clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders achieve successful long-term recovery.