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11 Years Later: Many Still Recovering From 911

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It has been eleven years since the tragedy on September 11, 2001, 911, rocked the nation and the events of that day continue to affect the lives of many Americans. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, rates of post traumatic stress disorder and depression rose significantly, especially in New York City.  The attacks were the first major attacks of their kind on U.S soil since Pearl Harbor, and left Americans with an unprecedented sense of fear.  Many who lost their loved ones in the attacks turned to alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism for their depression. Drug rehabs in New York have had to employ dual diagnosis treatment for many of their patients to treat their PTSD as well as the drug or alcohol addiction that the patient is also suffering from.

America Attacked 911

Until the attacks happened, Americans had a very strong sense of security and felt that America was incapable of being attacked.  The terrorists belonging to Al Qaeda took away that feeling of security from Americans and caused lasting emotional trauma to the entire nation.  The attacks of September 11th were responsible for nearly 3,000 american casualties.  The event was also the main drive behind the United States’ launch of the War on Terror which deployed troops to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and other countries in the Middle East to fight terrorist sects such as the Taliban and find the leader behind the attacks, Osama Bin Laden.

Recovering From 9/11

After a full 11 years, the War on Terror still continues, even though the United States has located and killed several terrorist leaders including Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.  The tragedy that occurred on September 11th, 2001 has spurned a long lasting, difficult, and expensive war that still continues today.  Currently, there are still approximately 90,000 U.S troops deployed in Afghanistan which is still an active military zone in which the soldiers are involved in combat.  While the battles still continue on foreign soil, many individuals in the United States are fighting their own personal battles with PTSD and addiction. Hopefully we can continue to recover from this tragedy and always remember those we loved and the hope for a better tomorrow.

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