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PTSD & Trauma Treatment

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, can be a devastating destabilizing force in someone’s life.

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Most notably associated with soldiers coming back from battle where they witnessed and lived through the horrors of war, PTSD is defined as a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous event. While war is the easiest thing to identify as all of those adjectives, PTSD can be brought on by a wide variety of life events. For example:

  • Physical assault or abuse
  • Sexual assault or abuse
  • Serious accidents, i.e., a car crash
  • Significant health problems i.e., emergency surgery or intensive care
  • Natural disaster
  • Death of a loved one
  • Childhood abuse

From the list above, you’ll note it’s just a fact of life that experiences with the potential to shock and distress us to our core are out there and may, at some point, touch all of us. The Department of Veterans Affairs notes that 6 of every 10 men and 5 of every 10 women will face at least one traumatic experience in their lives. Moreover, roughly 7% to 8% of Americans will have PTSD at some point in their lives, that’s 7-8 out of 100 people. All of that goes to show that this isn’t a rare phenomenon.

Regrettably, in the aftermath of trauma, people will often find themselves struggling to manage with it and in order to deal with a horrific incident of any kind, will turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope.

To numb themselves and mitigate their suffering as much as they can on their own.

To that end, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder co-occurs with substance abuse disorder (SUD) among about 40% of people. 

There’s no blueprint or steadfast metric on when exactly PTSD will occur but, in most scenarios, symptoms will start to appear within a few months of an incident. Keep in mind, it can take many years to see signs though, like in the case of those dealing with childhood trauma.

Before the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was coined, the common name for it was “shell shocked” and the imagery that conjures is actually helpful in understanding how debilitating and life altering the condition truly is.

What Does Psychosis Mean?

The symptoms of PTSD show themselves in 4 principal ways:

This relates to flashbacks, terror laced thoughts and memories of the trauma itself flooding back and can trigger hallucinations. Additionally, a person can have vivid nightmares. The reliving and re-experiencing of trauma can make the heart race and cause sweating.

On the flip side, a person may altogether work hard to avoid anything related to their trauma, be that any people, places, situations and circumstances that conjure memories or serve as a reminder of what they went through. This can turn into a wholesale change in a daily routine. As this behavior takes hold, particularly with avoiding people, feelings of being detached can seep in.

Also called hyperarousal, this describes an increased level of anxiety as if a threat is still imminent. This can cause someone to startle very easily and feel overly jumpy or on edge which leads to difficulty concentrating. Due to that heightened anxiety, a person in this state will find difficulty in sleeping which causes stress levels to rise and make them prone to irritability and angry outbursts.

Negative thoughts go hand in hand with PTSD and reach into every part of someone’s life. They’re internalized negative thoughts about yourself as well as the world. A distorted perception of guilt and blame goes along with it which also leads a person to feel a sense of separation from others. Ultimately that cycle of thinking turns into a loss of interest in what were once enjoyable activities which can isolate a person further.

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At Thrive Treatment℠ we accept most private insurance plans and we are in network with Cigna, MHN Health Net, First Health, and Anthem Blue Cross.  Additional payment options are available so don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can get you the help that you need.

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When to Get Help for PTSD/Trauma

The overarching desire of any person is to avoid the havoc of PTSD.

The flashbacks, the nightmares, the anger, guilt and overwhelming stress and negativity that floods the mind. It makes everything a challenge, from the basic interactions to deeper relationships to the ability to be productive at work. It’s a major disruptor. When these things become the norm, it’s time to seek treatment for yourself or a loved one.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, to be diagnosed with PTSD an adult have must all of the above mentioned symptoms for a least 1 month, specifically:

  • At least one re-experiencing symptom
  • At least one avoidance symptom
  • At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
  • At least two cognition and mood symptoms

Prior to a proper diagnosis, however, self-medication with drugs and alcohol offers people what seems to be a quick “solution” or “fix”. A way to take the edge off. But in reality, substances only serve to make matters worse for someone living with PTSD. The avoidance of dealing with and confronting the trauma, working through it, and instead burying and avoiding it actually serves to significantly exacerbate the problem and prolong a person’s suffering.

When PTSD and substance abuse become intertwined like that, you have what’s called a dual diagnosis on your hands and in order to overcome one you have to address the other. Addiction has become a coping mechanism and the work of undoing that is vital in being able to tackle the underlying PTSD.

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What to Expect in PTSD/Trauma Treatment in Los Angeles

Healing from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma often requires outside help, particularly if drugs and alcohol are now involved.

At our Los Angeles PTSD treatment center, you’ll receive care and rehab catered, tailored and centered on your needs. Just like every person is unique, so is your trauma. Give that, a blanket solution would do you no good.

Treatment for PTSD and co-occurring substance abuse disorder is predicated on various types of talk therapy. You can expect in depth trauma counseling and probing individual therapy sessions where you and a licensed, masters level addiction therapist will work through and get you past PTSD and addiction.

Accompanying the individual work, there will be group therapy and even family therapy to make sure they understand what you’re going through and can be a helpful resource.

Our trauma therapy in Los Angeles goes further in creating a holistic experience and incorporating experiential, therapeutic outings as well as access to an onsite doctor and psychiatrist.

Thrive's PTSD/Trauma Treatment Program in Los Angeles Can Help You

PTSD and trauma aren’t something you have to live with any more than you have to live with an addiction because of it. At Thrive Treatment our team of caring professionals and specialists can help you or a loved one through this trying and difficult time with evidence-based and proven treatment methods. Reach out to us today to learn more and get on the path to living a life free from PTSD.

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