Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) keeps many people stuck in the past, unable to move on with their lives no matter how much they try. Some people struggling with letting go of the past may not realize they have PTSD, a disruptive mental health disorder that affects one’s thoughts, behaviors, sleep, and more. Per the National Center for PTSD, about 70% of U.S. adults have PTSD at some point in their lives. The condition makes it difficult for millions of people to move forward after a distressing, life-changing event. These include:
- Violence (e.g., mass shootings, combat)
- Various kinds of abuse (e.g., child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse)
- Natural disasters
- Terrorist attacks
- Serious accidents (vehicle accidents, medical malpractice)
- Personal violence (including sexual assault, rape)
PTSD can also occur from what are considered non-extreme situations, including:
- Divorce, separation, and other relationship breakups
- Job loss
- A loved one’s death
- Serious illnesses
- Medical emergencies
You may have post-traumatic stress disorder if you find that you have flashbacks of the traumatic event, nightmares, or trouble sleeping. You also may experience:
- Angry outbursts
- Constant feelings of being on edge
- Uncontrollable negative thoughts
- Feelings of blame, guilt, or shame (survivor’s guilt)
- Trouble remembering what happened
- Avoiding places that remind you of the traumatic event
If you’re in the Pembroke Pines, Florida, area, and you think you have symptoms of PTSD, we can help you recover at Vista Pines Health Center. We are ready to help you now. You may be in the beginning stages of PTSD or have had chronic PTSD for years. We will meet you wherever you are and help you work toward peace of mind. We will also help you manage your PTSD in healthy ways that promote your well-being.
PTSD Treatment at Vista Pines in Pembroke Pines
Once you have decided to start PTSD treatment with us, we will take care of the rest. First, we will assess your mental and physical needs. If you have been using drugs or alcohol as you attempt to manage your post-traumatic stress, we can help you start your treatment in detox at our network facility Arete Recovery, with which we share a campus. Once you are in our care, you will have everything you need to start your recovery.
Medical detox is the highest level of recovery care you can receive on the continuum. Using substances at unsafe levels to deal with PTSD or any other mental illness is not recommended or safe to do. In addition to worsening one’s mental illness, a person using drugs and alcohol in this way can develop a substance addiction that can lead to additional harm, including overdose and death.
One goal of medical detox is to end dependence on a substance safely while getting a person back to the point of medical stability. This is critical to a person getting the support they need to end their substance use. When a person stops chronic substance use, the body will go through a withdrawal process that can be uncomfortable to painful. Our certified medical professionals understand the unique needs of a person who is battling addiction and substance dependence, so they will ensure the client is safe as the substance and toxins leave the body.
They will monitor them 24/7 and provide medical support. You may receive medications to ease any discomfort, and you could be put on a tapering schedule to allow the body time to adjust to fewer amounts of the drug in the body.
Once medical detox ends, you may be placed in an inpatient (residential) treatment setting so you can continue your recovery. At Vista Pines Health, we maintain a safe, private, and comfortable environment for our clients. Our 20-bed facility encourages their healing process to begin and makes it easier to focus on learning more and understanding their mental health disorder. They can ask our professionals questions and receive the guidance they need to manage their disorder.
We use various psychotherapy techniques, medications, and integrative care as we help our clients address their conditions. We tailor each treatment plan we create to the client we are treating. Therefore, no two plans are the same. We understand PTSD and know just what you or your loved one will need as they work toward recovery. We believe in keeping client-to-clinician ratios low so that each person in our care gets what they need when they need it.
Treatment Methods for PTSD
Vista Pines Health employs therapeutic modalities that are designed to help the whole person. We must look at every part of an individual to ensure our approach addresses the critical needs they have. The psychotherapies we use to treat our clients are widely used in the field and rigorously tested. Still, we find therapies that best fit each client’s situation and use them accordingly.
We use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help our clients understand how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected. We also help them identify any fears of irrational ways of thinking that can bring about situations that do not help them move ahead healthfully. CBT’s tools and strategies help our clients face their perception of reality and change how they see their situation so that they can make choices that help them lower or eliminate their stress and support the life they want to create.
Another therapy we use to help clients work through their PTSD is called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is a form of CBT that encourages clients to learn to accept themselves and their disorder as they are. It also emphasizes validation, trust-building, and mindfulness as a practice. Unlike CBT, it does not measure changes in behavior. Instead, it teaches people how to face their distressing fears and thoughts by applying four main skill sets: distress tolerance (finding ways to calm troubling thoughts), emotional regulation (managing their stress without resorting to compulsive behaviors), interpersonal effectiveness (managing themselves while relating to others), and mindfulness (quieting their minds and staying present in the moment).
These are just a couple of therapies we offer. As we work together, we will learn what you’re comfortable with and if you prefer one type of therapy over another. We want your time with us to be as productive to your healing as possible.
If you have a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, our dual diagnosis program allows us to treat both together at the same time. This is encouraged as treating a co-occurring disorder separately or treating one and not the other isn’t helpful. It has been found that mental illness can lead to substance use, and chronic substance use often leads to dependence and addiction.
In our dual diagnosis program, you will receive various behavioral therapies and other treatment modalities that treat both disorders. We will develop a treatment for each disorder you have and give you the tools to follow each one. You may also be prescribed medication that can help you as well as support you need to keep you on the path to sobriety.
PTSD Treatment in Pembroke Pines FAQ
Pembroke Pines residents who are seeking professional mental health treatment for PTSD need to look no further than their community. Vista Pines Health is located in the Pembroke Pines area in southern Broward County. You can reach us at any time to answer any questions or concerns you have. Below, you will find a few questions we are commonly asked, but call us or reach out to us online if you have a question about your answers here or if you have a question that you don’t see answered. We are glad to help.
How Long Is Rehab?
Your time in rehab will depend largely on you and what you need as you address your post-traumatic stress disorder and other factors that are unique to your situation. An extended stay may be in order for clients who require more time as they receive treatment for their PTSD, additional mental health disorders, and a substance use disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlights research that supports a 90-day stay in rehab for people recovering from substance use disorders. Your level of care may involve several treatment settings along the continuum. Mental health professionals will look at all aspects of your situation and recommend how long your time in rehab should be.
Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?
Our staff is ready to help you find the best transportation to meet your needs.
You are responsible for making airport travel arrangements if you plan to fly into the South Florida area. We can arrange to pick you up once you land, and we can drop you off at the airport during your stay with us. We can also arrange for transportation you may need to off-site appointments if needed.
How Much Does PTSD Treatment Cost?
How much you will pay for PTSD treatment depends on your specific needs and situation. We can go over the costs with you if you decide to receive treatment from us. Generally, where a person decides to get treatment will affect how much they pay. They may have to pay more for out-of-state treatment vs. treatment in their area.
Other factors include:
- What level of treatment they will need
- How many levels of treatment they will need
- How long they will receive treatment for PTSD
- If they will need medication management, therapy, etc.
If you need treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD), that will also have to be factored in as it will increase your treatment costs. Addiction treatment and mental health treatment can be several thousand dollars, depending on the person’s condition and situation. Despite the cost, the goal should always be optimal health and well-being. If you need professional help, we encourage you to consider that the main priority. We can work with you on getting your treatment expenses paid.
Do I Have to Travel for PTSD Treatment?
Yes, you will have to travel to our facility to receive on-site treatment for PTSD.
What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?
Our facility accepts coverage plans from most insurance providers. We also are in-network with the insurance carriers Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, CareFirst Blue Choice, and others. Insurance under the Affordable Care Act or the ACA requires health insurers to cover treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health disorders.
Our team will review your insurance benefits to see what your plan covers. You can also reach out to your insurance provider to determine what coverage you have and how it can help you receive care from our facility. You will need to plan to cover expenses for services not covered by your insurance provider.
Vista Pines Health also offers private pay options for people who wish to receive treatment but do not have health insurance or not enough insurance. Call us today to learn more about how you can start receiving treatment for PTSD.