Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, like a serious accident, violent crime, terrorist act, combat, or who have been threatened with serious injury, sexual violence, or death. PTSD can affect anyone at any time.

The American Psychiatric Association states that “PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.” It also affects more women than men.

Active duty military personnel and veterans are often the first people think of when PTSD is mentioned. As such, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD offers the most up-to-date data on PTSD for the U.S. population as a whole. It states:

  • About seven or eight out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • Approximately 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
  • Approximately 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4% of men.

Broward County, where the City of Plantation is located, is home to 74,700 veterans, according to data from 2015-2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, as published by LiveStories. Also noteworthy: more than 22,000 veterans served during the Vietnam War era.  Following that are Gulf War and Korean War veterans.

PTSD can also develop if you have been a victim of or witnessed a violent crime. Crimes of a violent nature are also a problem in Plantation, Florida, and Broward County. Crime Grades gave the county a “C” violent crime grade. Plantation’s eastern, northern and central suburbs see more crime than its western suburbs, according to a Neighborhood Scout crime map.

Many people with PTSD try to ease their symptoms with alcohol or drugs. Others try to stay active, hoping that what they are feeling will go away. Unfortunately, this is a temporary fix. Once the effects of substance use wear off, symptoms can reoccur, thus, compelling you to consume more alcohol or drugs. This troubling cycle will keep happening unless you get treatment for both disorders.

Individuals who have been subjected to incidents in which PTSD could occur and would like help are fortunate that Vista Pines Health is nearby. A short drive will get you there, and soon, you will be supported by professional therapists who work with you toward your goal of managing PTSD symptoms.

PTSD Treatment in Plantation

PTSD treatment consists of a comprehensive plan that begins with medical detox and progresses through time-tested and evidence-based therapies. Vista Pines Health, located in Pembroke Pines, provides excellent care for all of our patients with PTSD and addiction.


Substance use changes the way your brain functions. When you stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs suddenly, your body and brain are not sure what to do. You might start feeling withdrawal symptoms of the substance(s) you’ve been using. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to dangerous depending on the substance(s) abused.

Detox is the process your body undergoes when it eliminates the substances and toxins from it. You may experience physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms. Detox at Vista Pines Health is a medically managed first step in substance abuse treatment. It provides a medically stable and mentally supported environment during the detox and withdrawal period, which could take a few days to a week. If needed, medication is given to keep you comfortable and stable. You will not be left alone in detox.


Inpatient treatment is recommended if you need to be away from the situations that compelled substance abuse. We provide intensive care that will promote your overall health and mental well-being. Your needs will be kept at the forefront during inpatient treatment at Vista Pines Health. When you are admitted, our staff will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that evolves with you as you progress.

Therapies that have been proven to work best for PTSD and substance abuse are provided to ensure you have the strongest resources as you forge your path in recovery.

Treatment Methods

PTSD treatment is usually conducted for the short term, usually for about three months. It consists of different types of therapies, all of which can be beneficial.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy runs for about 12 weeks with weekly sessions lasting 60 to 90 minutes, and we provide it at Vista Pines Health. CBT for PTSD is focused on trauma. You will learn how to identify, understand, and change your thinking and behavior patterns. There are two main components to CBT, per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:

Exposure therapy: This involves facing and controlling your fears by being exposed to the memory of the event in a safe environment. You will gradually be exposed to your trauma memory to help you become less sensitive to it over time.

Cognitive restructuring: This will help you make sense of the bad memories tied to your traumatic event. You may be remembering the trauma differently than it happened, which is fairly common. It is possible that you might be feeling shame or guilt about certain aspects of the traumatic event when nothing about it was actually your fault. Cognitive restructuring helps you look at the event realistically to gain an honest perspective on it.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) will teach you new skills to manage the painful emotions relating to the traumatic event, and you will learn how to decrease conflicts in relationships. DBT focuses on four main areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT for PTSD will help you learn how to regulate emotions, tolerate stress and manage negative emotions, be mindful of the present moment, and practice communicating and interacting effectively with others. Vista Pines Health provides this useful therapy.

Dual Diagnosis

A dual diagnosis is when an individual has a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder at the same time. It is not a diagnosis, per se, but a specific combination of diagnoses, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. PTSD and substance use disorder is a dual diagnosis, which is also called a co-occurring disorder. Our sister facility Arete Recovery provides treatment for dual diagnosis.

PTSD Treatment in Plantation FAQ

If you need more information about PTSD treatment in Plantation, Florida, the answers to the frequently asked questions we get at Vista Pines Health are below. If you still have more questions, please write them down and contact us. We’re happy to help in any way.

How Long Is Rehab?

Every person who comes to our facility is an individual and has unique needs. Each person’s treatment plan is tailored to what works best for them. As such, rehab will last as long as it needs to for each person. For example, if you need to detox from drugs or alcohol before you begin inpatient PTSD treatment, your stay with us will be longer than someone who only needs outpatient treatment. As a guideline, substance abuse rehab should last for 90 days or more to be effective.

Does Vista Pines Health provide transportation?

We know that transportation issues can be a considerable obstacle in getting treatment for PTSD. Vista Pines Health can help coordinate transportation to and from the center from anywhere in the county and to and from local airports. We also provide transportation for local medical appointments, if needed.

How much does PTSD treatment cost?

It is a common question we get, but the answer is not simple. PTSD treatment alone will cost less than a dual diagnosis of PTSD and a substance use disorder, also called addiction. If you have a dual diagnosis, your treatment cost may be higher because you will need more time in therapy and perhaps detox.

Treatment costs may also vary depending on any medications given and amenities enjoyed. However, don’t let the fear of a possible high bill deter you from treatment. Our Vista Pines Health specialists are resourceful in working out solutions for payment.

Do I have to travel?

Yes, you will have to travel no matter how near or far you reside from our center. As we said above, we can help coordinate travel to our center from the local airports and from points throughout the county and state.

What insurance carriers does Vista Pines Health take?

We accept most of the major insurance plans available. If you have insurance, it is best to review your plan to determine what is covered. We currently cover these health insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Choice
  • Cigna

Vista Pines Health is a part of the Delphi Health Group family of mental health and substance use treatment centers. As such, you can contact us here to verify your insurance to see what will be covered.

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