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a veteran benefits from a ptsd treatment centerThose who are struggling with both substance use disorders and mental health issues benefit from the specialized treatment available at dual diagnosis treatment centers. Many dual diagnoses are made during the comprehensive assessments of clients wanting to get admitted into addiction treatment programs. Alongside substance use disorders, common co-occurring issues include trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you’re looking for a PTSD treatment center in Portland, Maine, contact Casco Bay Recovery. Reach out to our team online or call us at 844.956.3520 to ask about our PTSD treatment program today.

What Are the Signs of PTSD?

Trauma can cause many physical and mental health symptoms, some of which could be signs of PTSD. Those who have experienced trauma can develop acute stress disorder, PTSD, or other issues.

Acute stress disorder is typically an immediate response to a traumatic event. It can last anywhere from three days to three weeks. People with this disorder are at an increased risk of developing PTSD. Complex trauma symptoms can also develop at any time—examples include attachment issues, chronic emotional neglect, and domestic abuse.

PTSD symptoms may arise within one month of a traumatic event, but can also appear years after it. These signs of PTSD are generally grouped into four types:

Intrusive memories: These could appear as upsetting nightmares about the traumatic event, flashbacks, or severe bouts of emotional distress upon being reminded of a traumatic experience.

Avoidance: People with PTSD may avoid talking or thinking about a traumatic event, as well as anyone or anything that reminds them of it.

Changes in mood and thinking: This can include memory problems, detachment from family and friends, hopelessness about the future, emotional numbness, and difficulty in experiencing positive emotions.

Changes in physical and emotional reactions: Also called arousal symptoms, these may include being easily frightened or startled, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, self-destructive and aggressive behavior, and trouble sleeping.

What to Expect in PTSD Treatment

Several approaches have been shown effective in PTSD treatment:

  • Psychotherapy: Some forms of talk therapy have been observed to treat PTSD effectively. Most of them are based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which aims to identify and correct unhealthy thought patterns.
  • Neurological therapies: Treatments that focus on the brain and nervous system, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and emotional freedom technique (EFT), are effective at reducing neurological PTSD symptoms.
  • Medications: Doctors can prescribe FDA-approved selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as paroxetine and sertraline, to treat PTSD.
  • At-home coping tools: Common ways to process trauma by yourself include writing, meditating, and practicing yoga.

How We Treat PTSD in Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Rehab Center

If a client struggles with both PTSD and a substance use disorder, they will need to be treated for both at the same time. To accomplish this, they will need to get admitted into a dual diagnosis treatment rehab center.

Addiction is a chronic disease that develops slowly, over time. For example, people experiencing extreme emotional and physical discomfort due to a traumatic incident may deal with their pain by self-medicating with their chosen substance. Changes in their behavior resulting from their eventual substance use disorder will keep trauma and possible PTSD from being diagnosed sooner. PTSD makes the addiction worse, and the cycle continues until something significant happens, such as a dangerous overdose.

A two-pronged approach is needed for co-occurring mental issues that include substance use disorder. To heal, clients need to have both the underlying condition and addiction treated simultaneously to avoid relapse.

Learn About Casco Bay Recovery’s PTSD Treatment Program in Portland, Maine

Searching for a PTSD treatment center in Portland, Maine? Contact Casco Bay Recovery’s team online or call us at 844.956.3520.