Not being able to move on after a traumatic event has occurred can be more serious than just not being able to “get over it.” For many people, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be the cause. PTSD is a mental health disorder that disrupts one’s behaviors, thoughts, sleep patterns, and more, making it hard to function normally throughout one’s daily life. Many people experience post-traumatic stress disorder after seeing or being part of a disturbing experience, such as a car accident, violence, or a natural disaster of some kind. PTSD can occur from extreme events, including:
- Natural disasters
- Violence (e.g., mass shootings)
- Abuse of any kind (e.g., child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse)
- Terrorist attacks
- Serious accidents (vehicle accidents, medical malpractice)
- Personal violence (including sexual assault, rape)
However, not all PTSD is the result of extreme events. People can also develop post-traumatic stress from non-extreme events, including:
- Relationship breakups (e.g., divorce)
- Job loss
- Death of a loved one
- Serious illnesses or medical emergencies
- Intrusive medical emergencies
The National Center for PTSD reports that roughly 70% of adults in the United States will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are also more likely than men to experience PTSD, the center says. Some people will go on to develop chronic PTSD, which may require them to manage it with prescription medication.
Symptoms of PTSD
If you have any of the following, you may be struggling with PTSD:
- Intrusive Flashbacks
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Angry outbursts
- Avoiding reminders of the event (this includes avoiding places or anything that brings up memories of the upsetting event)
- Avoiding how you feel about the upsetting event; trying not to think about it
- Constant feelings of tension (feeling on edge)
- Foggy memories or forgetting about key details about what happened
- Negative feelings, thoughts toward oneself
- Guilt or feelings of blame (survivor’s guilt)
- Feeling unable to trust people
- Loss of enjoyment of life
No one is immune to developing PTSD, and it happens to people other than war veterans. It is also possible you may not realize you have it. Not all PTSD symptoms happen immediately after an event. Some take months or years to develop. The stress, fear, and overwhelm that come with this disorder can make it difficult to live your life. PTSD that lasts longer than a month may require professional help. One sign that the disorder may be worsening is if you have noticed that your symptoms have become more intense over time.
If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area and believe you have PTSD, there is help here at Vista Pines Health Center for you. We are located in Pembroke Pines, about a half-hour’s drive south of the Fort Lauderdale area.
PTSD Treatment in Fort Lauderdale
Getting help for PTSD in Fort Lauderdale starts with an assessment of your needs. If you have been using drugs and alcohol, or other addictive substances to self-medicate against symptoms of post-traumatic stress, we can help you safely end your substance use with medical detox. Vista Pines shares a campus with our sister facility Arete Recovery, which specializes in helping people recover from substance abuse. You can start your journey with a medical detox there, and we can help you address the mental health part of your illness.
Medical detox is the first step on the continuum of care for many people who receive treatment for a substance use disorder. While it is easy to use alcohol or drugs to deal with PTSD, it is not safe or recommended. Many people end up developing an addiction to these substances, complicating their existing mental illness while developing an additional one.
Medical detox provides medical stability as patients withdraw from substance use. While this process is critical to one’s recovery, it is often uncomfortable and, in some cases, life-threatening. During this process, the body is given support as substances and toxins exit the body. Our certified medical professionals will monitor you 24/7 as you undergo medical detox. They may give you prescription medications and to treat your withdrawal symptoms and ensure you are properly hydrated and receiving the nutrition you need to get through this period.
Having this additional support ensures you end your substance use safely and that you do not give in to cravings that often make it hard to stop using substances during this recovery phase. If any medical emergencies arise, our staff will be on hand to help you through them.
After you have undergone medical detox, your next environment for treatment may be an inpatient (residential) treatment facility. Vista Pines Health offers a safe, private, and comfortable environment where our clients can focus on addressing their mental health disorders with the support of professionals who understand their unique needs. Our 20-bed facility is spacious, welcoming, and tucked away from the outside world so you can learn more about your disorder and how you can manage it with help from us and on your own.
We use psychotherapies, medications, or a combination of both to treat our clients. We evaluate each person based on their unique needs and situation. There are no cookie-cutter plans here. We have a thorough understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and will know whether we need to treat you for additional disorders or provide other help you need. Our client-to-clinician ratio is low to ensure each person in our care gets the attention they need and deserve. Our clients and their health always come first.
At Vista Pines Health, we believe in using therapeutic modalities that address the whole person. We use the following psychotherapies to treat our clients, although we could provide others, depending on the individual. These have been rigorously tested and used by mental health professionals for many years.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a psychotherapy that helps people understand the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behavior and how all of these work together to either bring a desired or undesired result. This is helpful when getting clients to identify self-defeating thoughts or irrational beliefs that sabotage them. The tools and strategies we cover during CBT sessions with a client aim to help them adjust their outlook so that it is rational and rooted in a reality they recognize. This can help them feel empowered to choose healthy responses over negative ones.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): We also use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients with PTSD. This form of CBT focuses on clients learning to accept their disorder and practice validation, trust-building, and mindfulness. This is a different approach from measuring behavioral changes. As Verywell Mind explains, DBT focuses on four primary skill sets that a person with PTSD can apply to their daily lives. Those skill sets are:
- Distress tolerance: This teaches a person how to calm any troubling thoughts or feelings they have.
- Emotional regulation: This teaches a person how to manage their stress levels without giving in to compulsive behaviors that derail their goals.
- Interpersonal effectiveness: This allows people to manage their feelings as they relate to other people.
- Mindfulness: Being present and able to focus on the moment can help a person quiet their minds and detach from any thoughts they find disruptive.
We find some may prefer DBT over CBT as it feels less judgmental as one reflects on their thoughts and emotions. We will work with you to learn which therapy feels right to you and is better for your situation and what you want to accomplish during your time here with us.
PTSD Treatment in Fort Lauderdale FAQ
Vista Pines Health accepts clients from Fort Lauderdale in Broward. We are located in southern Broward County and are a short drive from Miami. Below are some questions we often get, so we want to answer some of them here. We encourage you to follow up with us if you have any questions and answers you see here or if you have any questions that we haven’t answered.
How Long Is Rehab?
How long someone stays in rehab depends on various factors that are unique to their situation, personal history, and sobriety goals. If clients with PTSD have another mental health disorder or a substance use disorder, their stay may be longer than someone who is in the early stages of their addiction. The severity of one’s disorder is given great consideration. Our Vista Pines team creates individualized treatment plans based on each client’s needs, preferences, and more. Ideally, if a person stays in treatment for at least 90 days, they increase their chances of remaining sober and sticking with their recovery plan, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Other factors such as one’s insurance plan can also affect how long rehab is for a client.
Does Vista Pines Provide Transportation?
We will do everything we can to help you attend our program and receive the services you need. We welcome clients who live out of state and people who live in the area and are within driving distance. If you take a plane here, you are responsible for making your travel arrangements to any of the three international airports in our area. When you arrive at the airport, we can arrange transportation to pick you up and bring you to our facility. We can also arrange to take you back to the airport after you have completed your treatment.
How Much Does PTSD Treatment Cost?
The costs paid for PTSD treatment will vary by the person, depending on what their needs are. Where they receive treatment, what level of treatment they receive, and for how long will also affect the cost. Medication likely will be an extra cost as well as if a person decides to leave their area for treatment in another part of their state or outside their state.
As you review your costs, consider the therapies you’ll need and any additional medical care. Getting treatment for a substance use disorder in addition to a mental health disorder will increase your treatment costs. Addiction rehab treatment usually runs several thousand dollars, depending on the factors mentioned earlier. Getting the professional help you need should be the main priority. There’s always a way to get the bills paid, so we believe that no one should pass up an opportunity to attend rehab if they need it.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
Vista Pines Health works with most insurance providers on coverage. The Affordable Care Act, also called the ACA, requires insurers to cover treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health disorders. We would be glad to help you figure out what insurance benefits your plan covers. If you are interested in rehab or mental health care, we encourage you to call your insurance provider to ask questions about your benefits and what your share would be if you need to cover some expenses yourself. Finding out beforehand about copayments you need to make can help you plan better for your treatment.
We also want to hear from you if you do not have insurance. We also offer affordable private pay options for people who do not have health insurance or do not have enough insurance to cover the care they need. Reach out and call us today to get started on how we can help you with your PTSD treatment.