Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness brought about by exposure to a traumatic event. Traumatic events can include combat exposure, sexual or physical abuse, serious accidents, or natural disasters. All of these events can provoke feelings of helplessness, fear, anxiety, and dread, especially if you feel as though your life or the lives of loved ones is in danger. While many individuals experience stress-related reactions following a traumatic event, the feelings of anger, shock, grief, and anxiety subside over time. If these symptoms worsen over time until they are almost unbearable, you may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Individuals who develop PTSD often wonder why they developed the disorder while others did not. The risks for developing PTSD can include the intensity and duration of the event, whether or not you were injured, if you lost someone close to you, your proximity to the event, the strength of your reaction, the amount of control you felt over the events, and the support you received after the event.
Once thought to be a disorder that only affected soldiers who had been in combat, it’s now readily accepted that post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone at any time in their life. PTSD can lead an individual to experience a number of highly unpleasant symptoms that can impede their ability to perform normal activities and often interfere with life at home or at work. Many people report that they are plagued with memories of the event, that out of nowhere, they’re thrust back in time. People with PTSD often report that they go to great lengths to avoid any reminders of the event, including places, certain people, and even objects that trigger unwanted memories of the event. Even the happiest of people can succumb to the negative thinking associated with PTSD as their thoughts about the world and other people have changed. Most complain about feeling on-edge nearly all of the time, as though danger is lurking around every corner.
With proper treatment, individuals who are struggling with PTSD can learn to manage the symptoms and feel a sense of control over their lives. At Delta, we understand post-traumatic stress disorder and are ready to help you reclaim your life.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Treatment for PTSD at Delta
It has been determined that one of the most effective ways to treat post-traumatic stress disorder is through a combination of therapies and medication. At Delta Medical Center, we understand the horrors you face living with PTSD and our caring and compassionate team of medical professionals is ready to help you finally overcome the trauma that has dictated your life since it occurred. We’re ready to put our knowledge and expertise to the test to show you that there is a life out there for you.
Living with chronic PTSD can leave you feeling exhausted, helpless, and alone. You may find that you’ve isolated yourself so completely to avoid triggers of the event that you have no one to turn to. You may have lost your job or dropped out of school to avoid the perceived dangers of the outside world. You may have attempted to self-medicate your symptoms with drugs or alcohol, only to discover that you’ve developed an addiction. You may feel trapped and out-of-control, as though there’s no way to turn. Let the experts at Delta Medical Center help guide you through recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Delta, we approach behavioral health differently than other healing centers. We’ve combined our behavioral health center with our amazing medical center so that you are able to benefit from both medical and psychological treatment simultaneously. We aim to be a guiding light in your recovery, a beacon of hope for the community, and the solution to your PTSD. Our amazing team of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, nutritionists, and clinical personnel are dedicated to providing dignity and respect to each person who comes to us. At Delta, we will treat the whole you – mind, body, and spirit.
Treatment Approaches for PTSD at Delta
When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete medical and psychiatric examination. If it is determined that you are struggling with addiction, your first step in treatment may be our medical detoxification process. We’ll also determine if you have other mental or physical illnesses that require management during your stay with us. Based upon the results of these examinations, we will work with you to create a plan of care for your stay with us that meets all of your needs.
If it’s determined that you are physically dependent upon alcohol or other drugs, your first part of rehab will be our medically monitored detoxification process. During detox, we’ll safely and effectively remove the toxic substances from your body while you are monitored 24 hours a day. Once you are stabilized medically, you’ll be ready to fully engage in our therapeutic treatments.
Medication management may be a part of your treatment plan. Often, people come to us and require medication to manage unpleasant withdrawal symptoms or other anxiety symptoms. These medications may be tapered down as you learn more adaptive coping mechanisms. Some individuals who are struggling with co-occurring mental illnesses may require more long-term medication management.
Individual therapy is provided for you to discuss certain topics in a more intimate environment. You may discuss problems you’ve been experiencing in your life outside of Delta and work with a therapist to determine ways to solve these problems. You may delve into the traumatic event in order to understand the roots of your disorder.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is especially useful for individuals who struggle with PTSD as it allows you to reframe your negative thoughts. By changing your negative thoughts into more positive ways of thinking, you will learn to handle stressful situations by viewing them in a more positive manner.
Group therapy is our primary treatment at Delta. We’ve found that the ability to socialize and interact with individuals who are struggling with similar situations can be extremely beneficial. Our groups are process-based and psycho-educational, which will allow you the opportunity to express your emotions and learn more about your illness in a safe environment.
We know that you come from a larger family unit and we’re glad to include your family in your care with us. During family sessions, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss the trauma, explain PTSD, and the treatments you’re undergoing. Family members will have the chance to discuss the ways in which your illness has impacted their lives. We’ll also provide your loved ones with connections to community resources to allow for further healing.
In addition to traditional therapeutic modalities, we are proud to offer a number of experiential treatments to augment your therapy. Some of the experiential methods we may use include:
- Nutritional and wellness counseling
- Spiritual guidance
- Therapeutic activities
- Recreational programs
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
When your time with us comes to an end, you’ll work with your treatment team to determine the next best steps for your recovery. We’re committed to ensuring that you have continuation of care and are proud to offer a number of options for you after you leave our inpatient unit.
We offer a residential program for individuals who are not quite ready to leave the structure of our inpatient program that has helped many individuals continue their recovery. We also offer two amazing outpatient programs: our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which provide similar services to those you received while in our healing center. We also have traditional outpatient therapy for those who feel ready to discharge to home, for which we will provide referrals and connections to available community resources to ensure that you remain supported in your recovery from PTSD.