Many people who experience trauma will find themselves dealing with one of its lasting effects: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental health disorder, commonly referred to by its acronym, occurs after a disturbing event, such as a vehicle accident, natural disaster, or violence, among others. It can also happen after a non-extreme life event, such as:
- Abuse or neglect
- Ending of a relationship (e.g., divorce)
- Job loss
- A loved one’s death
- Serious illnesses
- Intrusive medical emergencies (e.g., malpractice)
PTSD can happen to anyone, and if you are struggling with PTSD in North Lauderdale, you are not alone. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 70% of U.S. adults will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
Women are also more likely than men to experience it, and some people will develop chronic PTSD that requires medical treatment. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that six out of 10 men and five of every 10 women experience at least one trauma in their lives in the country.
Recognizing the Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD will not look the same in everyone who has it, and you don’t have to have all the symptoms to have the condition. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following after experiencing an event, you may have PTSD:
- Sleep disturbances (insomnia)
- Explosive outbursts of anger
- Going out of your way to avoid being reminded of the event (e.g., avoiding places that bring up memories of the upsetting event)
- Avoiding your feelings after the event; trying not to think about it
- Constant uneasiness or tension
- Foggy memories or feeling unable to remember key details about what happened
- Experiencing negative feelings and unfavorable thoughts toward oneself
- Feeling guilt, blame, or shame after an event (survivor’s guilt)
- Having difficulty with trusting people
- Not being able to enjoy life or pursue interests.
PTSD Does Not Always Occur Right Away
It is possible to have PTSD and not know it, as it can take months or even years to develop. Not all PTSD symptoms occur right away. Still, one can experience fear and other distressing feelings that make it hard to live life normally. If you notice PTSD symptoms are lasting longer than a month, you may want to seek professional help. Symptoms that increase and worsen over time confirm that getting mental health treatment is the right way to go.
Per the National Institute of Mental Health, you could be diagnosed with PTSD if you have any of the following for at least one month:
- At least one re-experiencing symptom (such as a recurring flashback or a bad dream)
- At least one symptom of avoidance
- At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
- At least two cognition and mood symptoms
If you’re in the North Lauderdale area and are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, we can help you start your healing process. You do not have to grapple with these symptoms alone. Vista Pines Health Center, located in Pembroke Pines in Broward County, will treat your mental health disorder with a customized program that fits your specific needs so that you can start feeling better.
Vista Pines Treatment in North Lauderdale
It is common for people with post-traumatic stress disorder to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, or both. Whether they know they have the disorder or not, some people with PTSD do this because they are having trouble with moving about the world normally without dealing with the aftermath of a distressing event.
If you have PTSD and have been using substances, you likely will need to receive treatment for your substance use disorder (SUD) and your mental health disorder. Having both disorders is known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. Vista Pines can help you with both conditions. We will assess your needs and advise you further.
Getting help for your substance use disorder is important. We must address the physical effects of substance use disorders for mental health treatment to be effective. Vista Pines works with Arete Recovery, our sister facility, to help people with dual diagnosis.
When we treat you, we will start your program with medical detox, the first step on the continuum of care. Long-term or frequent alcohol or drug use for PTSD is unsafe. It’s also not recommended; there are safer ways to treat a mental disorder. Many people become addicted to these substances while self-medicating, which only worsens their existing mental illness.
Medical detox helps patients with PTSD regain physical stability as they withdraw from substance use. This medically monitored process helps prevent relapse and overdose, two main challenges many people encounter when withdrawing from a substance. Withdrawal is often uncomfortable, so having essential support while substances exit the body is important.
Our medical professionals will monitor you 24/7 as they give you medication and other treatment for your withdrawal symptoms. With our help, you will be able to avoid cravings to use substances, a common hurdle for people in withdrawal. We will also be on hand to address any medical emergencies that arise during this period.
After you have completed medical detox, you will likely need more time to address your SUD and PTSD. You have the option to stay on-site at our 20-bed, spacious facility that’s designed to make this process easier. We offer a safe, private, and comfortable environment for our clients. Those who stay with us address their mental health disorder with staff who understand their unique needs. We give them the tools and strategies they will need to manage their disorder the healthy way.
We take your needs into consideration as we create a treatment plan for you. Your plan may include psychotherapies, medications, or both. You will receive personalized attention here. We keep our client-to-clinician ratio low so that everyone in our care receives the attention they need.
Vista Pines Health uses standard, rigorously tested therapeutic modalities to ensure we address the whole person. The following psychotherapies allow us to treat our clients with the most professional standard of care available.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy that helps patients understand how their thoughts, emotions, and behavior are all connected and how these connections bring either desired or undesired results. This approach helps them to recognize irrational thinking that can derail them. Our CBT sessions are designed to adopt a new way of looking at themselves and the situations they encounter so that they choose healthy ways to respond to challenging situations.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
We also use another form of CBT to help patients with PTSD. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) helps people to learn to accept themselves as they are. This includes accepting their disorder. To do this, they must practice validation and exercise trust-building and mindfulness. Instead of measuring changes in their behavior, they focus on the following four primary skill sets: distress tolerance (calming their disturbing thoughts or feelings); emotional regulation (managing their stress levels without giving in to compulsive, self-sabotaging behaviors); interpersonal effectiveness (managing their feelings as they relate to other people); and mindfulness (learning how to be present in the moment and detach from disruptive thoughts).
If you receive dual diagnosis treatment at Vista Pines for PTSD and a substance use disorder, you can expect to receive treatment for each illness. Depending on your condition, we will use medications, CBT and/or DBT, or other therapies that help dually diagnosed patients. We will talk with you to find out your preferences and other ways you feel we can help you. It is important to treat both disorders at the same time. This approach helps patients find relief and effective solutions to both issues.
PTSD Treatment in North Lauderdale FAQ
Vista Pines Health accepts patients from North Lauderdale in Broward County. We are in southern Broward County, a short drive from north Broward and Miami. You will find below some questions we often get about our services and our answers for them. Please feel free to call us with questions you have. If you need further clarification about our answers here, we would be glad to help.
How Long Is Rehab?
How long you receive rehab services for PTSD depends on what your needs are and what’s needed to address them. This means your stay likely will last long enough to ensure that we have treated your specific needs. You may need at least 90 days (three months) of treatment as you work on recovering from or managing your disorder. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a 90-day or longer period gives many people a greater chance of recovery.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
We know that transportation can be a hurdle to receiving treatment. We can help you get to our facility. If you are flying into our area, you are responsible for your flight expenses, but we can pick you up from the airport when you arrive and take you back to the airport when your treatment has ended. If you decide to drive to our facility, you are responsible for your travel arrangements here.
How Much Does PTSD Treatment Cost?
Treatment costs for PTSD will change according to the person receiving treatment. Costs are based on what needs you have that must be treated. We urge you to consider the kind of program you will need during your stay. You should also consider the medications, services, and other incidentals you’ll need when tallying up your tab. Several factors affect treatment costs, including where you receive treatment and for how long. Having a substance use disorder in addition to PTSD could also mean higher costs because you will need the time to receive treatment for both.
We know how important it is to understand the financial responsibilities of treatment and what to expect. We will review these costs with you and review payment options that might be available. We also believe that the benefits of treatment outweigh the costs. Your health and well-being are the main priority, and we urge that you focus on these as you consider getting help.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you will have to travel. Vista Pines conducts our programs and services at our Pembroke Pines facility. Please call us about any transportation concerns you have.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
Vista Pines Health accepts coverage from many major insurance providers. Some of them are:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
Our team can verify if you have coverage with an insurer that’s in-network with us. If you prefer, you can call your provider also to check if your plan covers your treatment expenses. You will also want to ask about any expenses you would have to pay out of pocket during your stay.
Generally, treatment is available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires insurance providers to cover treatment services for SUDs and mental health disorders. We can help you with information about that as well. We’re ready to get started on your PTSD treatment plan. Call us today to discuss your recovery options.