It takes bravery to seek treatment for the effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). No one should have to live with the negative consequences of recurring, unwanted reminders of traumatic events from the past. Neuroscience Research Institute offers the treatment you need so that you can work toward a healthier future free of emotional triggers.
Trauma comes in many forms, and if you’ve experienced distressing events such as abuse, assault, unexpected loss or death, a natural disaster, or served in the military, you’re at a higher risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
Getting treatment for PTSD or the effects of trauma can help you improve your mental and physical health. You’ll work with a team of experienced professionals who specialize in treating concerns related to trauma. Also, you will share experiences with patients who have faced similar challenges.
By the time you leave our treatment center, you’ll be in a better place physically and emotionally. Our PTSD and trauma treatment will also introduce you to the power of community with numerous treatment activities, as many of those familiar faces who are part of your treatment experience will be available as part of our alumnae community.
What is PTSD?
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that typically develops in the face of one or more traumatic events. PTSD can be triggered by any event that is jarring or unexpected, however some of the most common events that lead to the development of PTSD include the following:
- Physical abuse, including domestic violence
- Sexual abuse and assault, as well as rape
- Unexpected loss of a loved one
- Combat exposure
- Natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes
- Certain medical conditions
- Community violence
PTSD can be acute, chronic, or complex. Acute PTSD occurs over a short span of time, with symptoms lasting typically no longer than four weeks. Chronic PTSD is defined by the development of symptoms that last for longer periods of time, such as more than four weeks. Those who experience complex PTSD are usually children or adolescents who are experiencing traumatic events in their lives or those who are now grown but have been traumatized as a child or adolescent. The symptoms of acute, chronic, and complex PTSD are not different from one another, as the only differences between the types of PTSD are time frame and setting.
The Impact of Untreated Trauma & PTSD
If you have PTSD but don’t receive treatment in the aftermath of trauma, you put yourself at risk for a host of negative outcomes that can affect you physically and emotionally for the rest of your life. As with all mental illnesses, the longer trauma goes untreated, the more symptoms can develop. These symptoms can then begin to range in intensity. If PTSD goes without professional intervention, some of the consequences can include:
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Sleep problems
- Changes in eating habits
- Irritability and agitation
- Problems concentrating
Unfortunately, ignoring the symptoms of PTSD or hoping that they will fade with time is not a solution for this condition. Getting help, including seeking therapy, can make a world of difference.
Therapies Used to Treat Trauma & PTSD
Therapy serves as the foundation of each one of our client’s recovery from PTSD. Our therapeutic activities incorporate a variety of principles that lead to better outcomes so that clients can begin living lives that are happier, more productive, and free from the confines of the symptoms of PTSD.
The therapies we use most include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy places emphasis on four elements: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. DBT is helpful because it helps those who struggle with emotional regulation so that they do not continue to engage in self-harming behaviors that compromise their wellbeing.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is similar to DBT in several ways, however different, too. The primary goal of CBT is to help identify thought patterns and behaviors that lead to negative behaviors and outcomes. Once identified, clients can begin to develop skills to help break their problematic thinking and behaving so that they can reduce troublesome symptoms.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, works by combing strategies that utilize acceptance and mindfulness, as well as strategies that utilize commitment and behavior changes. ACT can help clients accept the thoughts and emotions they experience, rather than fight against them.
For patients who have co-occurring substance use disorders, we also offer 12-Step program support.
The Benefits of Treatment for Trauma & PTSD
Living with untreated PTSD is no way to live at all. While some days may feel normal, there are many days that feel overwhelming to the point of extreme stress and upset. Getting treated for PTSD is absolutely vital to help stop symptoms from continually occurring and influencing one’s everyday life.
Arguably one of the greatest benefits of getting treated for PTSD is that the treatment can help individuals make sense of their trauma. In so many ways, traumatic events do not seem to make sense at the time or even long after. When working with a therapist, however, bits and pieces of the trauma can be broken down in ways that allow individuals to rebuild them into a picture that makes much more sense. Understanding the event or events opens up the possibility to truly begin to heal.
Treatment for PTSD will help individuals develop skills that empower them to take their recovery into their own hands. Individuals can utilize skills in their everyday lives to help combat the presence of symptoms that would otherwise stand in the way of their wellbeing and overall success. Additionally, this type of treatment can aid in the restoration of relationships that were broken or damaged when the PTSD or trauma was going untreated. Having strong support in one’s life is absolutely essential when recovering from this mental health condition.
Choosing the Right Treatment
With plenty of options for trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder treatment, it’s important that you choose the one that best suits your individual needs. Everyone has different traumatic experiences that lead up to the development of PTSD, and the way the trauma affects them will likewise be different.
Fortunately, at Neuroscience Research Institute, our whole-person approach to treating PTSD and the effects of trauma looks at your individual strengths and goals. As a result, we create a treatment plan that will produce the best possible outcomes.
We offer two levels of PTSD and trauma treatment. Both of which have different benefits depending on where you are in your recovery journey. They are:
- Residential: In this round-the-clock level of care, you’ll participate in therapeutic sessions at our treatment center while temporarily calling one of the scenic lodges on our campus home.
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP): This less intensive level of care still features full treatment days, but you’ll be able to return home or stay in one of our on-campus residences at night and on weekends.
In choosing Neuroscience Research Institute for posttraumatic stress disorder or trauma treatment, you can take control. You can have stronger relationships, better health, and the improved outlook on life you deserve.
PTSD & Trauma Treatment in West Palm beach
Our treatment center in West Palm Beach has a curriculum that is specifically designed to help patients. Of course, that’s just one of the many reasons why Neuroscience Research Institute is the right choice for recovery.
At Neuroscience Research Institute, all our treatment is evidence-based and individualized to take into account the unique needs of each patient who heals with us.
Depending on your treatment plan, you may receive the following elements of care:
- Medication management
- Group, family, and individual therapies
- Experiential therapies
Other benefits include:
- Aftercare plan: We promote continued progression after your time in treatment. We provide detailed discharge planning, and our alumnae network lets you keep in touch with the patients you met on your treatment journey.
- Flexibility: Your length of stay depends on your progress, strengths, and goals.
- Specialty treatment tracks: If you choose our treatment plan it can include programs highlighting Christianity, spirituality, and family.