Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops when someone has experienced a shocking, terrifying, or dangerous event. Traumatic events can range from learning of the sudden death of a loved one, a school shooting, military combat, vehicle accidents, or other traumatic events.
Trauma is a psychological response to circumstances that threatens your physical and psychological safety, per Behavioral Health Associates of Broward. Trauma can be one event or a set of events where the psychological trauma overwhelms the person resulting in distress, fear, and anxiety.
PTSD symptoms may begin within three months of the traumatic event, but sometimes they can begin years later, per the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH). The institute also says some people recover within six months, but for some others, the symptoms could last much longer.
It is thought that 70 percent of U.S. adults have experienced a traumatic event at least once, according to The National Council. One out of five individuals who face trauma will develop PTSD, and 8 percent of the U.S population will struggle with some degree of PTSD at some point in their life. Thirty percent of the mental health facilities in Florida provide PTSD treatment, as noted in this 2017 Mental Health in Florida report. This does not include the Veterans Affairs offices nor the Vet Centers dotted throughout the state.
It is not unexpected for those struggling with PTSD to use alcohol or drugs to relieve symptoms of the disorder. However, using substances to ease symptoms is a short-term fix because the symptoms return once the effects of the substance(s) dissipate.
The Florida Behavioral Association states in the above-mentioned 2017 report that the state ranked 10th for adults with dependence or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol, totaling 1,227,000 people. Additionally, The National Council emphasizes that trauma is a risk factor in almost all behavioral health and substance use disorders.
PTSD can also develop for those who served on active duty in Afghanistan and might be experiencing strong emotions related to the recent withdrawal from that country, the Veterans Affairs (VA) relays. It’s not uncommon to feel worried, helpless, distressed, depressed, have an increase in PTSD symptoms, drink alcohol, or use drugs more. The VA says that “feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal.”
Most of the time, these challenging feelings will run their course. But if they continue, it’s best to seek treatment. South Florida, where Coral Springs is located, is home to several mental health and substance use disorder treatment centers that provide treatment for PTSD, including Vista Pines Health in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Vista Pines Treatment in Coral Springs
Vista Pines Health is a mental health facility in the western part of Broward County, Florida. Our mental health professionals have extensive experience working with people who have PTSD and mental health illnesses, as well as treating individuals battling with addiction.
It is fairly common to use alcohol or drugs to seek relief from PTSD symptoms. Heavy or regular use of substances may lead to tolerance, which is when your system no longer feels the same effects of the substances as when you initially used them. Tolerance often leads to using more of the substances to obtain relief. If you feel the withdrawal effects of the substances, your system has become dependent on them.
Alcohol and benzodiazepines, such as Valium or Xanax, can cause severe and dangerous withdrawal symptoms to include anxiety, rapid heartbeat, delirium tremens, hallucinations, and seizures. It is crucial to obtain professional detox services when you are undergoing withdrawal from these substances.
Detox at Vista Pines is medically managed to ensure you are comfortable and that your vital signs indicate you are stable. You may be in detox for a few days or longer, depending on what your initial assessment indicates when you enter our campus for treatment. Our caring and dedicated staff are there with you to give assistance when you need it. Depending on which substances you are being treated for, you may be given medication to help manage your physical and mental well-being.
You will find our residential treatment quarters are home-like, comfortable, and do not feel like you are in a hospital setting. Your privacy is protected throughout Vista Pines inpatient treatment. Your time in this next step depends on how addicted you are to the substances you abused and what forms of therapy you will need to manage your PTSD symptoms, both immediately and once back in the world.
We provide evidence-based therapies that have been found to be effective for those with mental health and substance use disorders.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a standard form of psychological treatment that can help you change unhelpful, negative thinking patterns. It helps you to recognize distorted thinking that creates problems and reevaluate them in reality. At Vista Pines, you will learn to use problem-solving skills to better cope with challenging situations, learn how to face your fears and not avoid them, and learn how to calm your mind. CBT is a short-term treatment Vista Pines offers.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy sessions at Vista Pines will teach you new skills to manage painful feelings and decrease relationship conflict. DBT has four main areas of focus:
- Mindfulness will focus on improving your ability to accept and be present in the moment.
- Distress tolerance focuses on increasing our tolerance to negative emotions rather than avoiding or covering them up.
- Emotion regulation focuses on learning strategies to manage and change strong feelings that are causing problems in your life.
- Interpersonal effectiveness involves learning techniques of communication that foster assertiveness while maintaining self-respect.
Dual diagnosis is the term used when you are struggling with a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. Our sister facility, Arete Recovery, provides treatment for dual diagnosis, which is integrated to work with both disorders at the same time. Many people are dually diagnosed. It is essential and beneficial to you to be treated for both disorders at the same time.
PTSD Treatment in Coral Springs FAQ
We realize there is an abundance of information on this page and that you might still have questions. We also know you may face obstacles in trying to obtain PTSD treatment and/or substance use treatment, such as cost and getting to and from the treatment center. Hopefully, the FAQs below will provide the answers you are seeking.
How long is rehab?
How long you are in rehab depends on different factors, like the substances used and your personal needs. As each person in rehab is unique in their needs, so will the time spent in rehab. As a guideline, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that most people with substance addiction might need 90 days of rehab to reduce or end substance abuse. Nonetheless, as you progress in rehab, your time in it may be shorter.
Does Vista Pines Health provide transportation?
We can provide transportation to and from our campus from local airports, bus, and train stations. We may also be able to accommodate transportation to outside medical appointments or support groups. However, the fares for air, bus, and train are yours to pay.
How much does PTSD treatment cost?
Paying for PTSD treatment is one of the questions we hear most often. Cost is determined by several means, including how long you are in treatment, medications given, amenities enjoyed, and how much your insurance and any private payment will cover. Our helpful intake reps can assist you in determining what the cost might be.
Do I have to travel?
Vista Pines Health in Pembroke Pines, Florida, is in southwestern Broward County. If you are local, you will have to travel to reach our center. If you live out of state, you will surely have to travel. Sometimes, though, it’s a smart move to obtain treatment far from home and the people, places, and things that can trigger PTSD and/or substance use triggers. If travel is an obstacle to seeking PTSD treatment, perhaps there is a treatment center closer to where you live.
What insurance carriers does Vista Pines Health take?
We accept most of the major insurance carriers and are in-network with others. At this time, we don’t take federally funded insurance plans from Medicare or Medicaid. Your best bet is to contact us to see if your insurance plan is one that we accept, including TRICARE.
If we do take your plan, take time to read through your policy to find out what it specifically covers under mental health and substance use treatment. It’s also a good idea to draw up some questions to ask your insurance provider about how much it will pay for detox, inpatient/residential treatment, medications, and therapy sessions.