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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder brought on by intense and threatening events in your life. Many people who have lived through situations like abuse or warfare develop chronic problems like insomnia, flashbacks, or low self-esteem. All of these symptoms of PTSD are normal, and healthcare professionals know how to treat them effectively. However, many returning veterans and others with PTSD turn to drugs in order to alleviate the pain of their symptoms. Drinking, using opiates, and other psychoactive drugs will help mask or deaden the effects of these problems in the short term but can lead to long-term dependence or addiction without appropriate mental health treatment.
In the same way that substance abuse rewires your brain, PTSD creates a disorder in your mind that will require long-term treatment solutions. Veterans and other individuals living with PTSD need to restore their self-esteem and learn new evidence-based skills to improve their symptoms. The best treatment plans will address both PTSD and addiction at the same time. Next Wind Recovery runs a dual diagnosis treatment program for co-occurring conditions that will simultaneously help you detox and face your PTSD.
Both individual and group therapy are very effective treatments for PTSD. Professional therapists work with you to identify your fear and anxiety sources to change negative thought patterns. Some types of talk therapy that can be helpful include:
These tools are used to help you process your trauma and pinpoint exactly where your fears come from. You’ll learn how they trigger negative thought patterns, including ones that lead to substance addiction.
In order to be free of these emotions and move forward with your life, you need the help of caring professionals. You may also be prescribed medications that work specifically to lessen negative thoughts and nightmares.
Overcoming PTSD and substance use disorders takes more than just one-on-one therapy. You need a community of people working together and with you. Next Wind Recovery uses holistic treatments as well as empathetic counseling from our professionals. We understand how complex the relationship between PTSD and substance use is and how each client has a unique profile that calls for a unique, specialized, and flexible treatment plan. Some clients might benefit from medication-assisted treatment designed to keep them healthy and functional during detox or partial care/partial hospitalization (PHP) programs. Many clients will want treatment that allows them to continue working and living a normal life. This is a perfect match for our intensive outpatient program (IOP), which includes:
There is no reason that you should have to suffer from the pain of your PTSD or any drug dependence. It’s time to reach out and get the help that you deserve. We accept both Medicaid and private insurance. Have a look at our programs and support systems online. Or better yet, call one of our caring professionals and talk to us about your options today at 201.331.6569.