Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that many people develop after experiencing a traumatic event that their brain is unable to process. People with PTSD often develop problematic responses when they experience an emotion that is similar to an emotion they struggled with during a traumatic event. Being unable to cope with particular emotions makes people more susceptible to developing a substance use disorder as a result of untreated PTSD. In turn, being addicted to harmful, mind-altering drugs makes people more likely to experience additional traumas. And the cycle continues unless it is interrupted.
Crestview Recovery offers treatment for people with a primary mental health disorder. We also offer treatment for substance use disorder and dual diagnosis clients. Contact us today by calling 866.262.0531 to learn more about our remarkable PTSD treatment programs. Interrupting the cycle of trauma and addiction starts with a phone call.
Trauma & Substance Use Disorder
PTSD occurs when a person experiences an intense, psychologically damaging experience that their mind is not able to process. Many people who are in combat face this. Those who are the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence are also likely to develop this condition. When it happens, you may feel as though you are reliving the traumatic situation over and over again. Small things can trigger those memories, creating the same intense level of stress and trauma you felt the first time. PTSD and dual diagnosis treatment can help you find a way through that terror.
In some cases, those with PTSD will struggle to manage the symptoms of their condition and turn to drugs or alcohol to find relief. Yet, for people with PTSD and dual diagnosis, a treatment plan aimed at helping with substance use disorder and mental health care is not something to put off.
How Can a Trauma Treatment Center Help Treat PTSD?
Trauma treatment can help a PTSD sufferer by alleviating symptoms with a personalized care plan. A PTSD trauma treatment care plan may include the following:
- Learning to open a trusting dialogue to recognize and communicate symptoms with professionals who are trained to manage PTSD symptoms
- Reducing rumination and flashback episodes by replacing them with more healthful coping mechanisms
- Working with professionals to reclaim a personal sense of safety
- Helping to identify and honor emotions while processing them in more healthful ways. This can be especially important if you are experiencing a great deal of anger or sadness
Facing trauma isn’t easy, but it’s manageable with the help of experienced therapists. If you have unhealed trauma in your past, Crestview can help.
What Does Dual Diagnosis Treatment Accomplish?
When you receive dual diagnosis treatment, the goal is to help you manage everything happening to you. This includes helping you to face your trauma safely. Your therapist does not want you to relive it but rather to reduce the experience’s impact on your current mental wellbeing. Through a series of treatments and therapies, it is possible to reduce that pain and discomfort.
In addition to this, you may need help managing addiction. If you have PTSD and dual diagnosis is the right treatment plan for you, that means you will work in individual therapy for drug and alcohol addiction to manage your addiction to drugs and alcohol as well. This will include learning to manage the triggers you have from PTSD without using drugs and alcohol to do so. Those who are struggling with PTSD may feel like they cannot find relief. There may seem to be no way to control the thoughts and experiences you have. This does not have to be the case. Dual diagnosis treatment can provide you with actionable, highly effective strategies to reclaim your life.
Our Treatment Program
At Crestview Recovery, our goal is to help you in a safe and positive manner. We offer a variety of treatment options to help you, including:
- Partial hospitalization treatment (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Traditional outpatient treatment
- Mental health therapist in Portland OR
- Rehab aftercare support
We address both the addiction you have and the underlying mental health disorder through each component of these programs. We may also use medications at our treatment center to help you in your recovery. For others, a combination of evidence-based talk therapy and holistic care can offer you more peace. No matter what you have experienced, there is help available to you through our treatment programs. We also offer gender-specific rehabs, such as a men’s rehab program and a women’s drug rehab. This can help you focus on the specific treatment that you need.
Find the Guidance You Need
When it comes to PTSD and dual diagnosis, our team is here for you. With comprehensive and custom programs designed to manage your addiction and mental health needs, you can depend on us to achieve recovery. At Crestview Recovery, we can help you overcome your mental health struggles as well as addiction. Our counselors are supportive and experienced in helping our patients overcome addiction for a lifetime. You can get help today by calling Crestview Recovery at 866.262.0531 now.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.