Posttraumatic stress disorder, which is more commonly known as PTSD, is a mental health condition that can develop in someone who has experienced or witnessed one or more traumatic events. This disorder can occur in someone who has suffered a traumatic event first-hand, or even in someone who has seen something traumatic happen to someone else. PTSD has specific signs and symptoms, such as terrifying nightmares, upsetting memories, and dissociative reactions. This mental health problem also possesses the power to change one’s perception, mood, and attitude if it remains untreated.
At Huntington Creek Recovery Center, our staff is able to supply comprehensive treatment to individuals struggling with PTSD in a manner that will help them experience a reduction in their distressing symptoms. If it becomes obvious that you or someone you care for is battling the numerous symptoms that develop because of this disorder, obtaining treatment and enforcing it can be the most effective thing possible to potentially save one’s life.
Helping a Family Member or Loved One Get Treatment
When your loved one is battling PTSD, it can be extremely challenging to witness. Also, it can be upsetting and overwhelming to you, causing you to consistently go back and forth between your emotions, feeling hopeless one second then angry the next. You may have attempted to do everything in your power to help your loved one, and while you might be feeling defeated, there are still things that you can be doing to help him or her, including:
- Obtain as much information as possible regarding PTSD and the psychological distress it can have on an individual. This can include learning about symptoms and signs, as well as treatment interventions. By being productive in this sense, you can begin to better understand your loved one.
- Be sure to share your emotions with your loved one. Be patient, kind, and non-judgmental when speaking to him or her regarding the worries that you are having. It is imperative that you let him or her know that you are there as a source of support and encouragement. Be sure that you listen to your loved one as well at this time.
- Work on establishing a strong support system for both you and your loved one. This can include inviting friends, family members, and other loved ones into your inner circle to help move the process of recovery along. These individuals can not only support your loved one at this time, but they can support you as well.
- If your loved one decides to obtain treatment, help him or her take the next steps towards recovering. This can include accompanying him or her to appointments, ensuring that responsibilities on the home front are upheld, and engaging in family therapy when asked.
- Be sure to provide yourself with a good amount of self-care during this time. It is no secret that a loved one’s mental health condition can wear on those around him or her, which is why it is imperative that you care for your needs, too.
Why Consider Treatment at Huntington Creek Recovery Center
When PTSD is allowed to persist, it can damage an individual’s life and overall wellbeing. One’s physical and psychological health can be put into grave danger when PTSD and its symptoms go untreated. Ignoring the need for treatment can make it almost impossible for an individual to maintain solid relationships, uphold responsibilities at work, or live a productive life. Additionally, PTSD can lead to separation and divorce, unemployment and financial strife, social isolation, deflated self-esteem, and other consequences that can be heartbreaking to an individual. However, when the correct treatment is implemented, those who have PTSD can start to receive the care they need to prevent these effects from occurring.
Types of Treatment Offered at Huntington Creek Recovery Center
In northeastern Pennsylvania, situated among 40 vast acres, is Huntington Creek Recovery Center. This renowned treatment center offers the tranquil, serene, and comfortable environment that men and women aged 18 and older need to truly recover from addictions to drugs and alcohol, as well as co-occurring mental illnesses, in a lasting way.
In choosing to come to Huntington Creek Recovery Center, we will do all that we can to ensure that you or someone you care about will receive the treatment needed to not just learn how to abstain from substance abuse, but to also break free from the powerful grips of addiction once and for all. Our staff of devoted professionals facilitates the various interventions and methods of care that we supply, and they do so with a fervent desire to help patients succeed and thrive as they work towards their treatment goals. We also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, the disease concept model, existential therapy, the family systems model, gestalt therapy, and strength-based treatment to assist men and women in pursuing the sober lives they deserve. These models of care are those that help us to provide the most effective treatment we possibly can.
Once our streamlined admissions process is complete, the types of treatment that will benefit the patient the most will be chosen and then implemented as part of his or her Huntington Creek Recovery Center recovery experience. Depending on the needs of the individual, the following treatment methods are those that may become part of that experience:
Detoxification services: Men and women who come to Huntington Creek Recovery Center looking to recover and heal from an addiction to substances and co-occurring mental illnesses, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, may arrive at our center physically dependent upon a particular drug. When this is the case, our staff will recommend detoxification services, or detox, as the preliminary step in an individual’s care. Our non-hospital detox can help to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and patients are welcome to participate in our clinical programming at the same time as receiving this type of treatment.
Medication management: During the first week of a patient’s stay at Huntington Creek Recovery Center, a meeting with our psychologist is scheduled to determine if medication will help the patient experience relief from the symptoms of PTSD. If medication management services are warranted, individuals can then meet with said psychologist and have the progress of his or her medication(s) supervised by our medical director and detox nurses. By receiving care for one’s mental health concerns, if any, while working to overcome an addiction, a person is more likely to experience more favorable treatment outcomes.
Individual therapy: Held at least two to three times per week, individual therapy can be instrumental to a person’s recovery journey at Huntington Creek Recovery Center. Each patient is assigned a primary counselor, who can help him or her process his or her experiences with substance abuse, establish healthy skills for managing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, and carve out goals for both the present and future. This method of care is purposefully included to give patients the one-on-one support and attention they need at this phase in their healing process.
Group therapy: Designed to offer patients support, encouragement, and guidance in a more communal setting, group therapy sessions are an integral part of Huntington Creek Recovery Center’s care. These sessions can help patients learn from others who may also be struggling with PTSD, develop more refined recovery skills, and form the confidence needed to overcome their chemical dependency concerns. Among the various groups that we offer, the following are those that may be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan:
- Open therapy groups
- Psychoeducational groups
- Anxiety group
- Coping skills group
- Trauma group
- 12-Step topic groups
- Gender-specific groups
Family therapy: So as to help those closest to our patients, Huntington Creek Recovery Center’s programming also features family therapy sessions during weekly family visits. Conducted by each patient’s primary counselor, family therapy can assist the men and women who come for treatment and their loved ones in the pursuit of becoming a united front against substance abuse. Additionally, we are pleased to provide family members and other loved ones with updates on the patient’s progress so they can know how he or she is progressing as he or she works to defeat an addiction and heal from the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Experiential therapy: One of the most beneficial and transformative aspects of treatment at Huntington Creek Recovery Center is the inclusion of experiential therapies into programming. Experiential therapies help individuals form a powerful connection between their minds, bodies, and spirits as they work towards overcoming addictions and learning to manage co-occurring mental health conditions like PTSD. This treatment method is featured in each patient’s customized treatment plan so that they are able to experience a more profound sense of balance in their lives. The following experiential therapy opportunities are those that may be included as part of an individual’s recovery experience at Huntington Creek Recovery Center:
- Gym time
- AA meetings
- Biofeedback bed
- Mini golfing
- Ropes course
- Team building exercises
- NA meetings
- Nature walks
- Patient outings
- Campfire groups
Some of the above treatment methods are automatically incorporated into each patient’s treatment plan, while others will be added if they are deemed necessary to an individual’s care. The decision to include or omit a method of care can be made at any time during a person’s time with us, and is always done in the best interest of the patient.
In addition to top notch treatment, Huntington Creek Recovery Center offers thorough discharge planning as part of each patient’s recovery experience. From an individual’s very first week at our center, our staff works closely with the individuals who come for care to determine the resources and services that will aid them in continuing their recovery success once they have finished our programming. The overarching goal for structuring discharge planning in this way is to ensure that patients will be able to stick with their recovery goals and be able to manage the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in the healthiest of ways.
If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and is suffering from co-occurring PTSD, the search for a high quality provider of life-saving treatment is over. Huntington Creek Recovery Center is where you or someone you care about can begin the brave journey towards a better life. Call us today to learn more about our programming, schedule an assessment, or understand how we have been able to help countless men and women reclaim their lives from substance abuse.
At Huntington Creek Recovery Center, a substance-free tomorrow is but a phone call away.