Often times, addiction exists concurrently with one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. One of these is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PSTD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the witnessing and/or experience of a traumatic or threatening event, such as physical or sexual abuse, military combat, natural disasters, terrorist attacks or car accidents. Although most people return to a normal psychiatric state following these types of traumatic events, others develop PTSD, causing them to relive and re-experience the trauma.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD may develop soon after the traumatic event or may surface years later. Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into four categories:

Intrusive Memories
These may include:

  • Recurrent and unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Having flashbacks of the event and reliving the trauma
  • Dreams about the traumatic event
  • Severe emotional and physical reactions to reminders of the traumatic event

Avoidance
These may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or speaking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding people, places and/or things trigger memories about the traumatic event

Changes in Emotional Reactions
These may include:

  • Irritability and increased anger
  • Being startled easily
  • Aggressive outbursts
  • Increased vigilance and the need to feel prepared for danger
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Reckless behavior
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping

Changes in Thinking and/or Mood
These may include:

  • Negative perceptions of self and other people
  • Inability to feel positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Loss of interest in actives that were previously enjoyed
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Memory issues, including loss of memories pertaining to the traumatic event
  • Difficulty forming and maintaining close relationships

How does West Coast Rehab treat PTSD?

Here are West Coast Rehab, our highly skilled staff is trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and we specialize in Dual Diagnosis treatment.

Upon admission, you will do a full clinical assessment with our medical staff to determine the best course of treatment. They will then design an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. Your clinical team will include a psychiatrist, primary therapist, adjunct therapists and additional team members as deemed necessary. Your treatment plan will include full medication management combined with evidence-based treatment programs to help you manage the symptoms of both your PTSD AND addiction.