Female Marine Breaks her Silence on PTSD Struggle

An alumnus of The Discovery House was recently interviewed for an article of Healthline, a health and wellness website. Kara Moreland spent time as a Marine in Iraq, where she witnessed the devastating effects of war firsthand. When Moreland returned home, she began experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and got involved with alcohol abuse because of it.

Moreland told Healthline about her struggle to get sober and how PTSD made that difficult for a time. The Discovery House was able to help Moreland by treating both the addiction and the mental disorder at the same time. Dr. Walter Thomas, medical director of The Discovery House, was also interviewed by Healthline. He explained, “If you don’t treat or diagnose the condition and treat the two together, that creates a tremendous cascade of issues. It becomes a cascade of negativity and hopelessness.”

Because she got the right kind of help, Moreland is sober today, and looking ahead to a bright future. She told Healthline she wants to create her own center like The Discovery House, in order to provide hope to others going through similar struggles.

Read the full story on Healthline and visit us on Facebook for more conversations about PTSD and addiction recovery.

About the Reviewer: Chris Barnes

Chris BarnesChristopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.

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