Anyone dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) knows that this issue is complex and challenging to handle. Many people with post-traumatic stress disorder struggle with substance use issues due to their mental health problems. However, with trained professionals, you can get through the symptoms and live a successful life. You may be wondering what post-traumatic stress disorder is and how you can overcome it. Here are more details about this very common disorder. Learn about how Sunflower Wellness Retreat can do to help you or your loved one.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Defined
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when a person experiences or witnesses a horrible event and struggles to recover. The definition of this condition is “persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and the outside world.”
PTSD could occur within three months of the incident happening. However, you can experience symptoms later than this. When PTSD flares up, it can last for months or years, depending on whether you receive adequate treatment.
Events or situations that may trigger post-traumatic stress disorder include:
- Any life-threatening event
- All forms of abuse, including childhood and domestic abuse
- Witnessing or being a victim of a crime
- Serious health issues or diagnoses
- Losing a loved one
- Sexual assault
- Physical assault
While some people may experience an event on this list and not develop PTSD, others will.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Many symptoms exist for those struggling with PTSD. The symptoms range in intensity. Some of these include:
- Flashbacks of the incident
- Nightmares or difficulty sleeping
- Extreme anxiety
- Avoidance behavior
- Startle reflex
- Lack of enjoyment in regular activities
- Agitated mood
When dealing with PTSD symptoms, some people turn to a substance to block out unwanted emotions. This leads to a substance use issue and further aggravates the problem. Some substances will make anxiety worse, thereby causing more problems for the person. Seeking treatment such as trauma therapy is a good start when dealing with PTSD.
PTSD treatment may involve substance use treatment as well. It depends on whether the person has sought drugs or alcohol for relief of the symptoms. If so, then treatment will follow a dual diagnosis plan. A holistic therapy treatment program that implements trauma therapy will serve the patient well in recovering from PTSD symptoms.
Trauma therapy helps the person suffering from PTSD face the original trauma and process it in the safety of the treatment center. This allows the person to deal with the traumatic experience safely without being overwhelmed. They have the choice to stop the session if things become too intense. In other words, they can go at their own pace.
Finally, if substance use is a factor in a person’s life, then an addiction treatment program will help bring them out of this situation.
Get through Post-traumatic Stress Disorder with Sunflower Wellness Retreat
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we will help you overcome the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. You’ll be able to relax at our retreat-like center with 12 acres of land at your disposal. If additional therapy programs are necessary, we provide:
- Individual therapy treatment
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
- Family therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy treatment program
Now that you know more about post-traumatic stress disorder, you can find relief for this challenging problem. Our compassionate therapists are here to help you find a way to a brighter tomorrow. With the help of our qualified treatment facility, you will be on the road to recovery in no time. Contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat at 855.730.8825 and get started today!