What is Trauma?
Trauma, as defined by the American Psychological Association (APA), is an emotional response to a terrible or stressful event in your life. Such events can include a person experiencing life altering events. These can include rape, murder, or a natural disaster. In stressful moments traumatic feelings like shock and denial are natural outcomes. However, when these emotions are left unchecked, it can cause a major disruption in your life. Trauma can damage relationships and negatively impact one’s physical health. This lingering emotional response is something that must be dealt with immediately. Not seeking treatment will only allow trauma to progress further into other more acute disorders such as PTSD, depression or anxiety.
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs when anxiety related symptoms caused by a traumatic experience persist and begin to interrupt one’s ability to manage daily life activities. Many people try to escape the stress of PTSD by turning to drugs or alcohol. This behavior only worsens this disorder as it provides temporary relief to an increasingly damaging mental health issue.
What causes PTSD?
PTSD can be brought on by a multitude of reasons. And is often singled to people returning from war. People develop PTSD from a direct firsthand traumatic experience such as an assault, victimization, or involvement in a life-threatening event. PTSD can also be formed by bearing witness to others being in immediate danger or extreme pain and suffering.
Symptoms of PTSD
- Reliving the event
- Heightened senses and desensitization to physical pain
- Negative changes in beliefs i.e. lack of spirituality or dreary outlook on life
Our Teen Drug Rehab Program Highlights
We include several types of drug and alcohol treatment for our teen patients:
Group therapies are part of behavioral interventions designed to provide teenagers with a non-judgmental setting to discuss their substance abuse problems. These meetings give them positive social reinforcement from their peers. It also encourages them to turn their lives away from drug abuse.
This type of therapy addresses negative issues in the home environment and equips the family with skills and goals for dealing with drug abuse. Some behaviors and attitudes teens exhibit toward substance abuse can be attributed to the family’s failed behavior in key areas, such as instilling discipline, or for being substance abusers as well. Therefore, we help the entire family unite and resolve these issues.
Use of addiction treatment medication
Our on-site Medical Doctor evaluates each of our teen patients to access whether they should entertain the idea of trying medication. Our Doctor includes their parents and gives the family unit the choice to decide. Often times drug and alcohol abuse is related to other mental disorders, which is why medication can be such an aid in overcoming drug abuse.
Recovery Support Services
We will help our teen patients in every step after treatment is complete. We have staff that helps our patients find programs set up in communities or in schools for recovering teenagers, guardians and peer leaders to support one another in overcoming substance abuse problems. We also guide and encourage 12 step meetings, community engagement, volunteer opportunities, and support groups.
Please call 855-627-239 for more help.
Why get treatment?
Not seeking trauma or PTSD treatment can lead to self-medication and possibly addiction. Those suffering from these disorders tend to abuse drugs or alcohol as an attempt to deal with or seek relief from their emotions and memories. Not seeking treatment for these disorders will only lead to more or possibly worse outcomes.