Although just recently recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980, after seeing veterans returning home damaged after the trauma experienced during the Vietnam War, today Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is likely the most well-known and most commonly diagnosed of all traumatic disorders. Just as the origins of this condition are new, historically speaking, so are best practices in the psychiatric field. After years of careful examination and research, mental health practitioners have come to the understanding that conditions like PTSD share many commonalities, and relationship dynamics with struggles such as addiction, as well as other mental health conditions and manifestations. Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise that centers on the East Coast are utilizing drug treatment facilities, such as alcohol rehabilitation programs to treat those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and seeing incredible results.
Teaching and Old Dog New Tricks
When one thinks of New Jersey, what typically comes to mind is the state’s cultivation of a distint, colorful vernacular alongside unique eats and seaside fares, but new approaches to mental health may aid in adding another accolade to its magnum opus. This year, patients identified as having the condition PTSD who attend a local New Jersey alcohol rehabilitation center will find themselves prescribed similar treatments as clients struggling to overcome the grips of alcoholism and seeing similar positive outcomes.
Under the Magnifying Glass…
Consider the raw definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, for example. The American Psychiatric Association defines PTSD as, “..a heightened, prolonged stress responsethat develops into a chronic mental health condition.” Given that individuals diagnosed with PTSD are more prone to turn towards at-risk behaviors, in an effort to cope with the chronic pain and stress they struggle with on an almost constant basis, it’s no wonder facilities are using the same programming to support these individuals in coping with their diagnoses. If an alcoholic receives instruction and therapies that provide them with the means to identify and choose healthier coping skills, for example, running instead of binge drinking, would those therapies not also aid the individual struggling with PTSD to avoid the same toxic patterns of behavior. And when provided with these therapies, studies have shown that more often than not, they do!
Exposed! Pulling Back the Veil on the Implicit Relationship PTSD shares with Addiction
Experienced traumas and addiction are, by their very nature, inherently linked to one another. An individual who has experienced a severe trauma is likely to struggle to cope with their experience and in desperation for relief, will often turn towards substances. Empirically proven, extreme or extended traumas, have been proven to drive the human brain towards addiction. But it is that very relationship that Jersey Shore treatment centers have tapped into to free those individuals from the grips of their PTSD. Approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapies, group and individual counseling, motivational interviewing, contingency management, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, 12-Step Facilitation, as well as Matrix, or blended Models to approach each individual’s unique needs–and we are here to help you every step of the way.
What Makes you Different is What Makes You Great
Recovery is a unique process, and there exists no single approach that will work for every man and every woman. It is the partnerships created through rehabilitation programs like the programs offered in New Jersey that not only afford individuals the voice and the ultimate decision-making that will lead them towards their own personal succes, but also help with PTSD after a single event. Conditions like PTSD can often make those suffering feel powerless in their fight to overcome the traumas they have experienced, but there is HOPE! Because rehabilitation works directly against those feelings of helplessness to once again empower those beautiful men and women and instill in them a sense of I CAN and I WILL and an authentic feeling of EMPOWERMENT.
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So we end here, and we will wait here for you, always, until you are ready to take the hand reaching out to you. Join us today, and take the first steps towards the real you; a happier, healthier you capable of all the things you once felt you could never do, that you will find, in time, you were destined to do all along. Call us at 833-762-3765.