Dealing with Trauma
Our trauma rehabilitation therapy can help you recover from the problems associated following traumatic events.
Our highly qualified team have years of experience of providing effective therapeutic support to people who have been exposed to traumatic situations, and we have a fantastic rehabilitation programme in place.
We have compiled this guide to help you understand the risks associated with PTSD, and show how parkland place can support people overcoming PTSD and other related and damaging conditions.
What is PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which can take place after a traumatic event or injury.
Typically, as a result of military service, sexual assault, a natural disaster or an accident may later develop PTSD. Each of these cases can be totally unique, and in many cases only people who have experienced this stress or harm can be diagnosed with this disorder.
PTSD can be accompanied by flashbacks to other symptoms. It frequently makes the subject feel stressed and afraid after the danger is passed, and keeps them from being able to heal properly after traumatic events.
How does PTSD relate to addiction?
Some people try to cope with the symptoms of their PTSD or associated mental health conditions by self medicating with alcohol, or seeking to escape with the usage of illegal narcotics and substances.
People who begin with problems related to drug or alcohol usage and much more likely to experience PTSD following a traumatic event, and are more likely to cope with the problem by further abusing drugs or alcohol after the event.
How do I know if I have PTSD?
PTSD is a formal medical diagnosis. An individual who is suffering with PTSD will usually exhibit several of the following symptoms.
Flashbacks, nightmares, and sleeping problems disturbing and negative thoughts
Avoidance of thoughts, places or things, angry outbursts, feelings of tension and variable mood. Depressions or lack of interest in activities that were enjoyed in the past. Feelings of guilt or blame.
Many of these symptoms are associated with substance addiction including a loss of interest in fun activities, angry outbursts, sleeping problems and flashbacks.
Someone who is abusing drugs and alcohol in order to cope with PTSD and its effects is likely to experience problems with addiction. Each of these conditions is much more likely to worsen and exhasperate the other.
What are the risks of PTSD?
Many short term and long term health problems have been linked to ptsd, some of which include:
- Mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and personality disorders
- Obesity, anorexia and other eating disorders
- Skin and hair problems like psoriasis, eczema acne and hair loss
- Substance misuse conditions, where people turn to alcohol or drug use in order to cope.
- Relationship breakdown
- Isolation aswell as low self esteem, with knock on effects for your career and prospects.
- Getting help with PTSD
Effective treatments can help people who have PTSD understand their problem, and get back control of their lives.
If you are concerned that you or someone you love might have PTSD, a great first step is to visit your local GP. They’ll be able to discuss the services and treatment avaliable.
Rehabilitation for PTSD and addiction.
Therapy and counselling can assist you in overcoming mental health issues such as PTSD, as well as traumatic experiences and other circumstances which might be causing you to develop an unbalanced relationship with the likes of drugs or alcohol. This can include self-help groups, and therapies such as counselling and talking therapies like CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Your package of treatment might include a formal detox, which could involve a nurse or doctor supporting you to safely stop using drugs or alcohol. This could be done by helping you slowly cut down over a long period of time, and by giving medicines to stop withdrawal symptoms from becoming unbearable.
There may also be other medication to help with withdrawal symptoms, like sleep problems.
Therapeutic programmes have been proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD and addiction.
Together, we will address both addiction, as well as any associated underlying social and psychological issues. We can work with you to address all aspects of life. And to assist you to develop a custom made toolbox of techniques as well as resources to move on with life.
We are able to help you find the perfect therapy for people with all kinds of addiction, including gambling , alcohol, drug addiction, and other behavioural addictions.