PTSD is a condition in which an individual experiences tremendous stress or anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. Any physical or psychological trauma that leaves the individual feeling powerless and out of control may lead to PTSD. Some of the most common causes of the condition include:
The symptoms of PTSD can be divided into three general categories:
1) re-experiencing the traumatic incident
2) avoiding experiences that evoke memories of the incident
3) symptoms of hyperarousal, such as irritability, anger, or extreme anxiety.
People who experience these symptoms for at least one month may be diagnosed with PTSD. Alcoholism and drug abuse fall into the category of avoidance symptoms, as the individual may use these chemicals to avoid memories or to numb fear.
When alcohol or drugs are used to manage PTSD symptoms, the symptoms of the disorder become more severe.
Getting the right treatment to both the addiction and PTSD may make the difference between whether or not an individual is able to lead a satisfying, healthy life. At Florida Center for Recovery, individuals struggling with addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder receives comprehensive treatment to address both issues. Our specialized trauma therapy is delivered exclusively by Dr. Jon Connelly, the founder, and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy®. This therapeutic treatment approach often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions and is utilized to treat all types of trauma – whether it was a single incident or something that occurred on an ongoing basis. RRT helps clients to permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma by eliminating the ongoing psychological suffering that stems from disturbing or painful experiences. Clients report that the best aspects of Rapid Resolution Therapy® are that treatment is painless and does not involve the re-experiencing of the traumatizing event(s).
In addition to RRT, our integrated treatment plan for PTSD and substance abuse include:
Our professionals at Florida Center for Recovery understand the vulnerability of those clients who suffer from both PTSD and addiction. If you or someone you love is living with this difficult combination of conditions, call us for more information about our treatment plans.