Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition in which the individual may experience symptoms such as, but are not limited to, vivid flashbacks, emotional distress and uncontrollable thoughts about a terrifying or traumatic event. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, an accident or an experience associated with violence, PTSD can arise from a variety of different sources. The inability to manage the constant, cognitive reliving of the event is often times what will lead an individual to seek substances. Alternatively, the individual may want to avoid situations and thoughts related to the past, which can be done consciously or subconsciously. In a number of cases, the individual will become addicted to their drug of choice because they have used this method to cope with and disassociate from their past. PTSD may also manifest itself as other mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. An individual may experience anxious or depressive thoughts when thinking about the event. At Addiction Rehab Toronto, part of our comprehensive scope of practice is understanding the root of addiction and how it may relate to previous, traumatic experiences. We focus on a variety of therapeutic strategies with the clinical goal of helping the client to process and manage trauma.