Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatic event. You could either experience the event or witness it. It includes symptoms like nightmares, flashbacks, extreme anxiety, and having uncontrollable thoughts about the event. PTSD can happen to anyone at any time.

People who have experienced a traumatic event could have difficulty coping and adjusting for a short time. If the symptoms last for months or possibly years, PTSD can interfere with everyday activities.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) relays that six out of 10 men and five of every women experience at least one trauma in their lives in the country. Trauma can stem from sexual assault, child sexual abuse, accidents, physical assault, disaster, combat, or if you witness death or injury.

  • In the U.S., seven or eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some time in their lives.
  • Roughly 8 million adults have PTSD in any given year. A small number of them have gone through trauma.
  • About 10 out of every 100 women will develop PTSD at some point in their lives compared to four of every 100 men.
  • Also, according to the VA, 5% to 43% of boys go through at least one trauma.
  • The percentage of children and teens that have had a trauma and develop PTSD is about three to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys.

Florida is home to approximately 1.5 million Veterans, making it the third-highest veteran-populated state. Veterans of all wars and conflicts can struggle with PTSD. Often, alcohol and drugs, including marijuana, are used to ease the feelings of intense anxiety, flashbacks, depression, and more. The stigma of having a mental health disorder and substance use disorder keeps people from seeking help with their symptoms.

Nationwide, we have gone through a great deal of trauma in the decade from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hurricanes and wildfires decimating communities, the COVID-19 healthcare crisis, and more sex abuse scandals than we’d like to remember. It is troubling how we have been able to manage all the feelings we have experienced after these events occurred.

If you were directly affected by any of them, your mental health surely has been affected, and you may seek out ways to alleviate feelings of severe anxiety, depression, nightmares, and flashbacks. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs is a common choice when you need a break from remembering traumatic events. However, self-medicating with substances is short-lived and can lead to dependence on the substance(s) and perhaps addiction.

PTSD Treatment in Oakland Park

PTSD symptoms are grouped into four types. Symptoms for each group can be different over time or vary from person to person. It is essential to know what these are and know that there is PTSD treatment in Oakland Park with Vista Pines Health.

Intrusive memories – Symptoms in this group might include:

  • Unwanted, continuing, and distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks, which is reliving the event as it was happening again
  • Nightmares about the event
  • Severe emotional distress or strong physical reaction to something that triggers the traumatic event

Avoidance – Symptoms in this group might include:

  • Avoid thinking or talking about the event
  • Avoiding anything or anyone that reminds you of the event

Negative changes in mood and thinking – Symptoms in this group may include:

  • Thinking negatively about yourself, other people, or the world in general
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Trouble keeping close relationships
  • No interest in the things you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty feeling positive and feeling positive emotions.

Changes in physical and emotional reactions – Symptoms in this group might include:

  • Easily startled or frightened
  • Feeling like you always need to be on guard for danger
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Aggressive behavior, angry outbursts, or irritability
  • Feeling overwhelming shame or guilt

The symptoms you may experience may become more intense over time. There may be situations when something not related to the event reminds you of the event, such as a car backfiring reminding you of combat or a news story about a catastrophic weather occurrence that reminds you of the one you went through.

It can seem easy to camouflage symptoms of PTSD with drugs or alcohol, but the relief will last for a short time before the symptoms return. Also, the more drugs or alcohol you consume, the harder it will be to stop using them, resulting in dependence on them, and perhaps developing addiction.

Addiction is also called a substance use disorder, and it is known as a chronic disease of the brain. Once your brain and body become accustomed to functioning with drugs and alcohol, the harder it will be on your system to not function with them. Addiction can take lives and ruin lives. Fortunately, Vista Pines Health in Pembroke Pines, Florida, is there to help you.


Detox is considered the first level in addiction treatment. If you have been misusing alcohol or drugs, withdrawal from them can be very uncomfortable and dangerous. Detox is the process your body goes through as it rids itself of the substances and any other toxins in it. Medical personnel will monitor your health during detox to be sure you are safe and comfortable. You may be given medication to treat some of the withdrawal symptoms and may also be given fluids intravenously to ensure you do not become dehydrated. The primary goal of detox is for you to become physically and mentally stable.


After detox is complete, you will undergo an assessment to determine what therapy you will need to treat PTSD, substance use, and any other mental health condition. You will stay on-site and participate in therapy sessions as you learn and work through how to manage the symptoms you experience. Vista Pines Health utilizes clinically proven therapies and modalities to help you regain your life without abusing substances.

Treatment Methods

CBT– CBT is the abbreviation for cognitive behavioral therapy. It is a short-term technique that helps people change their thought patterns. It focuses on how an individual’s thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs affect how they feel and behave. It can help the person identify problems, distinguish between irrational thoughts and facts, understand how a past event can affect present thinking and behavior, face fears rather than avoid them, and develop an awareness of automatic thoughts, among other positive outcomes. It can help a person with several problems where thoughts and beliefs are crucial. It helps to identify, challenge, and change how a situation is viewed. Vista Pines Health provides this therapy type for those struggling with PTSD and substance abuse.

DBT – DBT stands for dialectical behavioral therapy. The word “dialectical” comes from the thought of bringing two opposites together. In therapy, they are acceptance and change. Vista Pines Health uses DBT for many mental health disorders, including PTSD and substance abuse. It encourages the individual to accept their experience and learn how to change how they react to it. There are four methods in which this is done:

Distress tolerance – Allows the person to feel intense emotions, such as anger, without reacting impulsively, conducting self-harm, or abusing drugs and alcohol to lessen their distress.

Emotion regulation – Teaches the person how to recognize, label, and adjust their emotions.

Mindfulness – Teaches the person to be present in the moment and become more self-aware and aware of others.

Interpersonal effectiveness – Teaches the person how to navigate conflict and interact assertively.

DBT is an evidence-based therapeutic modality that has helped many people.

PTSD Treatment in Oakland Park FAQ

Perhaps you have more questions about PTSD in Oakland Park. Below, we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get. If you still can’t find an answer to a question you have, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you.

How long is rehab?

There is no set amount of time for rehab. The duration of rehab depends on the type and degree of the person’s needs and problems. Detox may last from a day to a week. Inpatient or residential treatment may last from 30 to 90 days. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends a 90-day stay for treatment to be truly effective and provide the best outcome.

Does Vista Pines Health provide transportation?

We can arrange transportation to and from our facility from any major airport near us. We can also provide transportation to appointments outside of the facility. We understand that transportation can be an obstacle to getting treatment, and we want to eliminate that obstacle as best we can. Feel free to reach out to us if transportation to our facility might be a problem. We’ll help you find some solutions.

How much does PTSD treatment cost?

Generally, PTSD treatment coupled with a substance use disorder might cost in the range of a thousand dollars to several thousand. It depends on the medications prescribed, alternative therapies taken, and any amenities the center provides. However, there are always different ways in which treatment can be paid, such as payment plans, loans, and insurance.

What insurance carriers does Vista Pines Health take?

We accept most insurance plans. We are also in-network with a few major insurance carriers, like Cigna, Aetna, CareFirst Blue Choice, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, and others. In addition, most insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act cover substance use disorders and mental health treatment. Be sure to review your insurance plan to see what they will cover. You can always contact us too to verify your insurance.

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