PTSD

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects millions of families each year. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), “About 6 out of every 100 people (or 6% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.” The effects of PTSD can impact many areas of a person’s life. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute offers premier mental health treatment services for acute and chronic mental health conditions, including PTSD and co-occurring conditions.

What Is PTSD?

Some individuals who witness or experience traumatic events have difficulty processing what happened, leading to maladaptive coping mechanisms. The mental distress can cause PTSD and other trauma-related conditions to develop. If left untreated, PTSD can significantly decrease quality of life and interfere with the following:

  • Relationships
  • Productivity
  • Communication
  • Stress management
  • Physical health

For some individuals, the memories of traumatic events cause physical and mental stress responses that interfere with everyday activities. The severity of symptoms depends on multiple factors. Crownview Co-Occurring Institute provides personalized treatment plans to address common symptoms and side effects, including:

  • Flashbacks
  • Intrusive thoughts related to the trauma
  • Dissociative events
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased startle responses
  • Lower stress threshold
  • Co-occurring disorders

Our clinicians use trauma-informed care to ensure clients have the tools they need to recover from PTSD.

Possible Risk Factors for Developing PTSD

Research indicates there may be genetic and environmental factors associated with the likelihood someone will be diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lifetime. According to the United States Social Security Administration (SSA), “Approximately 10 percent of women and 4 percent of men develop PTSD at some point in their lives.” PTSD does not discriminate. Anyone who experiences chronic or acute distress has the potential to develop PTSD.

Frequent risk factors include witnessing or experiencing the following:

  • Childhood sexual or physical abuse
  • Childhood neglect
  • Domestic abuse
  • Living or working in a war zone
  • Surviving a natural disaster
  • Gun violence
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual harassment or abuse
  • A severe illness or injury

Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. Every case of PTSD is unique. For some people, the symptoms do not begin to manifest until months or even years after the traumatic event. Risk factors play a significant role in how the disorder manifests, including the development of co-occurring conditions.​

Possible Risk Factors for Developing PTSD

Possible Risk Factors for Developing PTSD

Research indicates there may be genetic and environmental factors associated with the likelihood someone will be diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lifetime. According to the United States Social Security Administration (SSA), “Approximately 10 percent of women and 4 percent of men develop PTSD at some point in their lives.” PTSD does not discriminate. Anyone who experiences chronic or acute distress has the potential to develop PTSD.

Frequent risk factors include witnessing or experiencing the following:

  • Childhood sexual or physical abuse
  • Childhood neglect
  • Domestic abuse
  • Living or working in a war zone
  • Surviving a natural disaster
  • Gun violence
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual harassment or abuse
  • A severe illness or injury

Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. Every case of PTSD is unique. For some people, the symptoms do not begin to manifest until months or even years after the traumatic event. Risk factors play a significant role in how the disorder manifests, including the development of co-occurring conditions.

Common Types of Co-Occurring Disorders

Many people diagnosed with PTSD have other mental health issues directly related to their trauma. According to Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations (National Academies Press), ”[H]aving PTSD significantly increased the odds of onset of comorbid conditions.” In addition, “A recent meta-analysis found that 52% of people with current PTSD had co-occurring major depressive disorder.”

We use trauma-focused care, and personalized treatment plans to ensure that every client receives the support they need to heal and recover from PTSD and co-occurring disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • Substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Borderline personality disorders

The comprehensive admissions process at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute includes an assessment to determine if clients require additional therapy to treat dual diagnosis. In addition to providing support for mental health recovery, we also offer treatment programs for individuals struggling with substance misuse.

PTSD and Substance Abuse

Many individuals who suffer from trauma-related mental health issues turn to substance misuse to cope with the emotional pain and symptoms. Research published in Clinical Psychology reported that “[I]ndividuals with PTSD were 2 to 4 times more likely than individuals without PTSD to meet criteria for an SUD.” The treatment programs at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute provide a safe space where clients can achieve and maintain sobriety.

PTSD Treatment at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute

We collaborate with clients to create a personalized treatment plan. Many individuals require integrative therapy that combines various therapeutic methods to address any co-occurring disorders and symptoms. Trauma specialists on our team provide the following:

  • Ancillary pharmacological including stellate ganglion blocks
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Prolonged exposure therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Alternative holistically therapies

In addition to providing evidence-based therapies, we also offer educational classes and skill development. Clients have an opportunity to learn, grow, and heal under the expert guidance of our clinical team.

Benefits of Trauma-Informed Treatment

We use trauma-informed care to reduce the risk of retraumatization and encourage trust between clients and the clinical team. The experts at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute understand that trauma-informed care enhances the effectiveness of treatment and helps stabilize individuals recovering from trauma-related issues. During rehabilitation, clients who feel safe and understood are more confident about ongoing recovery and often have better outcomes. Other benefits of trauma-focused therapy include enhanced communication skills and a lower risk of relapse for individuals with co-occurring SUD.

Continuing Care and Aftercare Services

Trauma affects everyone differently, and some individuals might require long-term therapy to address all underlying and co-occurring issues related to their post-traumatic stress disorder. The clinical team at Crownview Co-Occurring Institute collaborates with each client to construct a tailored aftercare plan that ensures they continue receiving the support they need after completing a treatment program.

Aftercare services we offer include:

  • Referrals to outside doctor and therapist offices
  • Assistance with acquiring financial, housing, or job placement services
  • Information about local self-help groups and community organizations
  • Alumni services and support

We help our clients prepare to transition out of treatment by making sure they have a strong support system in place and access to all relevant resources.

Crownview Co-Occurring Institute offers a wide range of treatment options for individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more about our treatments and program services, call our office today at (760) 477-4754

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