Addictions and OSI’s, which do you treat first?
Someone with an OSI (Operational Stress Injury) such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), depending on the symptoms and severity, will have strong difficulties in completing an addictions program when they could be suffering flashbacks from their triggering memory in the middle of a healing session focused on addictions. Attending a group addictions session would be almost painful for someone who is triggered by large groups and emotional outbursts. These are just two potential examples of why you cannot just treat one problem without treating the other because a person seeking help for their OSI would have any number of PTSD therapies disrupted by their addictions … drinking alcohol is a common method used by people with an OSI to self-medicate and cope with their symptoms even though it is neither effective nor helpful. If someone is inebriated and having traumatic flashbacks, they do not have the same control of their environment that they would if they were sober. Breathing techniques and logic do not present themselves as options to those who are inebriated. So the question remains, which do we treat first?
The answer is something that comes from time, effort and assessment. There are places that are equipped to deal with both but may require an adaptable program to deal with the issues. A person going through OSI therapy at the same time as addictions therapy may not be in a place for OSI therapy sessions until their addictions have been dealt with, etc. We cannot forget the ‘Why’ of beating addictions down. We all want full lives and be surrounded by happier people, at least in theory. Those you love and that love you want all of you, and addictions takes a lot of a person away from their loved ones. Let us help you find treatment!
We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, know that a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help.
Places you can go for more information:
HOW ADDICTION HIJACKS THE BRAIN
ALCOHOLISM AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH
GAMBLING ADDICTION AND PROBLEM GAMBLING
ADDICTIONS COUNSELLING FOR FREE FOR THOSE WITH NON-OPERATIONAL PTSD
University of Regina Online Therapy
Onlinetherapyuser.ca > Go to the COURSES tab
-The Wellbeing Course aims to provide free education and guidance on simple but effective cognitive behavioural techniques for managing depression and/or anxiety. The Course helps people with thoughts, behaviours, and physical symptoms of depression and anxiety.
There are also many extra lessons available depending on client needs/interests and time: sleep, communication, assertiveness, problem-solving, managing beliefs, mental skills, managing panic, PTSD, worry, grief, and pain.
-The Alcohol Change Course | Online Therapy Unit (onlinetherapyuser.ca)
Places you can go for Addictions treatment (that are equipped for PTSD), either Outpatient or Inpatient:
In Regina – Susan Ulmer Addiction Services
In Saskatoon or via Zoom (Outpatient only)
OSI-CAN provides support groups led by those with lived experience! For more information go to www.osicansk.ca
Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continued well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada.
We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness.
We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help
The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, Healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.