Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in conjunction With Addiction

Conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and other debilitating symptoms to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder which is experienced by people who have been through or witnessed a traumatic or dangerous experience. Occasionally, the individual will experience PTSD as a result of witnessing or knowing that someone they care for is in a dangerous or is harmed. PTSD can also be caused by physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

There are many symptoms of PTSD but the three main symptoms are Re-experiencing symptoms such as flash backs, bad dreams or scary thoughts; Avoidance symptoms such as avoiding people, places, events or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience, guilt, depression and worry, selective amnesia possibly around the event and emotional numbing; and Hyperarousal symptoms such as being easily startled, insomnia, irritability, edginess or angry outbursts.

Often sufferers of PTSD use alcohol or drugs to ease the symptoms of their anxiety. Individuals with PTSD often become depressed or even suicidal.

Treatment of post traumatic stress disorder in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.