Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Unfortunately, the majority of clients who have been through addiction treatment multiple times are never treated for underlying cases of PTSD – and they are rarely ever informed of their PTSD diagnosis when the disorder is detected.
We have had innumerable clients come to us with untreated cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, lacking the education necessary to understand PTSD as an entirely treatable disorder.
Trauma, according to the DSM-V, regards a personal experience involving emotionally-scarring acts of violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, loss, the witnessing of violence, terrorism, and natural disasters. Better understanding the personal traumatic experiences of each of our clients helps us to better treat them for related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. We have extensive experience treating survivors of sexual assault, as well as first responders such as police officers, paramedics, and fire fighters.
The dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is exceedingly common, seeing as many PTSD sufferers turn to excessive drug and alcohol use in order to relieve intrusive and uncomfortable emotional and psychological symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Reliving the traumatic event
- Attempting to avoid all thoughts or memories of the event
- Being overly wound-up or in a constant state of high alert
- Emotional numbness and detachment
- Functional problems at work, school, and in interpersonal relationships
- Anxiety, hostility, suicidal thoughts and plans, and difficulty identifying a sense of purpose
Support from family members and close friends is very important and developing a solid network of recovering peers has also proven to be immensely beneficial. For those who are afflicted with both PTSD and a co-occurring substance abuse issue, comprehensive inpatient treatment often proves vital.
At Next Chapter, we strive to create an environment founded on personal safety and communal trust. Our staff has been specially trained to assist those dealing with unresolved trauma. Our multi-faceted clinical approach has proven to be highly successful in treating cases of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Next Chapter Approach
Next Chapter takes a highly-personalized approach to treatment for all of our clients, beginning with a thorough psychosocial assessment completed by patient’s therapist and a psychiatric evaluation completed by our medical director. Later in the process we often will include a psychological assessment to aid in the diagnosis of the condition or conditions each client is facing. These initial evaluations are followed up by weekly visits with our medical director and patient’s therapist and supported by our clinical team approach in which each client’s unique needs and treatment are addressed by the entire treatment team. The team meets daily to discuss in detail each of our client’s needs.
Together, our clinical team will prescribe a course of action that may evidence-based treatments practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR and other Trauma focused modalities. Individualized treatment plans also include therapeutic groups, individual sessions, family work, and 12-Step education groups.