Sadly, countless individuals endure traumatic experiences every day. Experiencing a trauma will cause nearly all people to experience tumultuous feelings of distress, however, in some cases this distress is so significant that the individual’s ability to function becomes impaired. In these cases, it is likely that these individuals are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Also known as PTSD, this disorder can cause much turmoil in the lives of sufferers, and many individuals who are battling PTSD turn to the use of drugs or alcohol in an attempt to numb their distressing symptoms. Once this happens, the effects that can arise in individuals’ lives are far-reaching and can be devastating if treatment is not sought and received.
At Wellness Resource Center, we recognize how all-consuming, and sometimes debilitating, PTSD symptoms can be, and we understand how substance abuse can cause those symptoms to worsen. For this reason, we have developed programming that specializes in treating dual diagnosis concerns so that those who come to us for care can rediscover a healthier, happier, and brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Knowing that someone you care about has endured a trauma is devastating in and of itself, but when you discover that your loved one is then experiencing the symptoms of PTSD after having such an experience, it can be heart-breaking. If, in addition to the onset of PTSD symptoms, your loved one has also begun abusing drugs or alcohol, you may also find that you are experiencing much apprehension as to what will happen in his or her future if he or she does not cease that destructive behavior. While it can be difficult to know how to help, there are, fortunately, things that you can do to support your loved one during this time.
- Learn all that you can about posttraumatic stress disorder and how substance abuse can impact its symptoms.
- Research treatment centers that have specialized programming that is tailored to meet the needs of those who are suffering from the dual diagnosis concerns of PTSD and substance abuse.
- Sit down with your loved one and express your concerns to him or her, refraining from taking on a lecturing tone. Remain calm and nonjudgmental, helping your loved one to see how treatment can be beneficial.
- Provide your loved one with an opportunity to express his or her fears and concerns regarding seeking treatment, demonstrating your support by letting him or her know that you are willing to listen.
- Assist your loved one in getting the treatment process started by offering to call various treatments centers of by offering to accompany your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in treatment, make an effort to be an active part of his or her therapeutic process, demonstrating your unwavering support and encouragement.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
When individuals are suffering from PTSD and do not receive treatment, they are vulnerable to experiencing a number of adverse effects. The symptoms of PTSD frequently cause individuals to isolate themselves, leading to disturbances amongst their interpersonal relationships. Familial strife and marital discord can arise as well as individuals become more withdrawn and find that their symptoms have made it exceedingly difficult to attend to daily responsibilities and things around the home. Additionally, adults suffering from untreated PTSD frequently find that their ability to perform the way they once did occupationally has become hindered, potentially resulting in job loss and ongoing unemployment. When substance abuse is also a factor in the lives of these individuals, they are at risk for experiencing the added complications of physical health concerns. By engaging in treatment, however, these individuals can overcome their addictions and learn how to manage their PTSD symptoms so that they can resume leading full and happy lives.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
Wellness Resource Center is a private treatment program that is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder. Recognizing that the compounded issues that arise as the result of dual diagnosis substance abuse concerns and mental health disorders can cause monumental disturbances in individuals’ lives, Wellness is proud to offer a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to treatment that is tailored to meet our clients’ unique needs. Our goal with each client is to assist in a process of internalizing hope and motivation for recovery, while helping them develop a concrete plan for maintaining and moving beyond the gains they make while in treatment.
At Wellness Resource Center, treatment begins in Phase I, which is our day and night treatment program with community housing. Also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients in this program are exposed to a daylong schedule of treatment activities eight hours a day, five days per week. The goals of this level of care are vast and include the following:
- Helping clients to understand the relationship between their presenting issues and problems that have arisen in their lives
- Assisting clients in identifying specific behaviors and tendencies that have promoted or could promote relapse
- Guiding clients as they build skills that can be successfully maintained after returning to the community
- Helping clients learn how to manage challenges (emotional, family, social, etc.) that continue to interfere with healthy living
Phase I of treatment is supported by caring and compassionate staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phase is designed to promote daily living activities while also implementing intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to manage the symptoms that result from PTSD. During a client’s stay at Wellness Resource Center, the following may be included into his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: When people are suffering from PTSD, certain psychotropic medications can be extremely beneficial at helping to alleviate the distressing symptoms they experience. The use of any medication, however, will be determined based on an individual’s specific needs, on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to monitor any medication that has been prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Clients meet with their primary therapists at least once each week for individual therapy sessions, with additional sessions being added on an as-needed basis. During these sessions, clients have the opportunity to meet privately with their therapists in order to discuss how their treatment is progressing and to discuss any problems or concerns that they may have.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the central component to treatment at Wellness Resource Center. Groups meet 5 days a week, with between 3 and 4 different groups being held each day. Group therapy is an exceptional way for clients to explore their commonalities and has proven to be a vital avenue for helping clients to gain insight, ultimately assisting them in making positive changes in their daily lives. The various types of groups that clients can expect to take part in during programming include:
- Experiential groups
- Psychoeducational groups
- Process groups
- Age-specific groups
- Gender-specific groups
Within these groups, a variety of different topics will be discussed, including trauma, coping skills, goal-setting, body image, and relapse prevention, amongst countless others.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members when deemed clinically appropriate to helping a client successfully progress in treatment. If family members are unable to be physically present for any scheduled family sessions, Wellness Resource Center will reach out via telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication in order to ensure that they are kept informed of their loved one’s progress in treatment.
Experiential therapy: At Wellness, we believe that a holistic approach to treatment is crucial when treating those suffering from addiction and co-occurring PTSD. In order to do this, we are pleased to offer a number of experiential therapies that clients may engage in during their time in treatment. Clients’ time spent participating in experiential therapies will vary, however, as all treatment is tailored to meet each individual’s unique set of needs. Examples of the experiential therapies offered as part of programming at Wellness include:
- Social activities
- Teamwork activities
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
Family Program: When individuals are battling posttraumatic stress disorder, it does not only affect them, but it affects their family members as well. Keeping this in mind, Wellness Resource Center is immensely proud to offer our Family Program at no additional costs to clients or their families. This program meets every other month and provides psychoeducation for our clients’ family members, while also giving them the opportunity to participate in process groups that aim to help them understand the importance of communication in regards to their loved one’s recovery.
After completing treatment in Phase I, clients may step-down to the programming offered in Phase II. Phase II is an extended care option that is offered through our intensive outpatient program (IOP). In this phase of programming, clients may continue living in our client housing, attend treatment part-time, and then receive intensive case management while beginning to look for employment. Following Phase II is Phase III of treatment, which may be recommended for some clients. During this phase, clients are provided with long-term supported sober living.
This thorough and seamless extended care continuum truly makes Wellness Resource Center stand out as an exceptional provider of care for substance abuse and co-occurring PTSD. Clients’ lengths of stays are not limited, and services throughout the entire care continuum are provided by the same staff members. In doing so, clients can rest assured that they will receive constant, continuous care from the time of their admission until the time of their discharge, and beyond.