Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is potentially overwhelming for individuals that experience this disorder. The professional staff members at the dual diagnosis treatment center NH location of Green Mountain Treatment Center understand how PTSD affects you.
Many people have a co-occurring disorder, such as a substance use disorder. The PTSD treatment center at Green Mountain Treatment Center welcomes you with understanding, and professional expertise to help guide you through the treatment program.
What is PTSD and How Do I Know if I Have It?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is often associated with veterans. The fact is, PTSD is not limited to fighting in a war. Many people have PTSD after a traumatic event.
Adults that witness a crime, or that are crime victims sometimes develop PTSD. Did you witness an accident, or were you a party to an accident, or a natural disaster? These are examples of events that sometimes lead to PTSD. Women are particularly vulnerable to PTSD after sexual assault, or domestic violence.
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
The symptoms are not always immediately apparent. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) explains that although many people develop symptoms within three months after the traumatic event, some people do not develop symptoms until years later.
The NIMH reveals that all of these four symptoms, treatable at the PTSD treatment center, must be present for a minimum of one month for an adult to receive a PTSD diagnosis:
- A minimum of at least one re-experiencing symptom
- A minimum of one avoidance symptom
- Minimum of at least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
- A minimum of at least two cognition and mood symptoms
The re-experiencing symptoms potentially interfere with an individual’s daily life. Do you have bad dreams? Do you become frightened at certain sounds or words? Or do you avoid people or certain places? Did you change your daily routine after a traumatic experience? This is another example of avoidance.
If you experience insomnia, are ‘on edge,’ or have outbursts, these are symptoms of the arousal and reactivity symptom. Similarly, there are cognition and mood experiences, such as loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, feelings of guilt, shame, or blame.
PTSD and Substance Abuse
The PTSD treatment center at Green Mountain Treatment Center professional staff understands that individuals with PTSD often engage in alcohol abuse or become addicted to other drugs. Treating both co-occurring disorders simultaneously is a critical part of your recovery.
Researchers published results of a study published on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, looking at advances in treatment for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders. Researchers point to the fact that these two disorders frequently occur together, and that the preferred course of treatment is to treat both disorders together. This is why the PTSD treatment center program treats the whole individual, and not just one disorder and then the other co-occurring disorders at a later time.
There are several possible treatments for PTSD, which varies from one person to another person with the disorder. This is because your specific needs are possibly different from some of the treatment needs of another person.
Some treatments at the PTSD treatment center possibly include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy program
There are other potential treatments that your PTSD treatment center NH staff may discuss with you.
Start your PTSD treatment center NH program, and we will help you along your road to recovery. Contact us at 866.913.7957 and get the help that you need so that PTSD no longer controls your life. Regain control and get back to enjoying life today.