Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the most common co-occurring diagnoses found in people who seek treatment for alcohol or drug problems. It is estimated that as many as 59% of women and 38% of men in treatment suffer from symptoms related to trauma.
Untreated PTSD can greatly increase the risk for relapse as individuals attempt to deal with painful emotions and memories by abusing drugs and alcohol. Patients that are new to sobriety can actually experience worsening of anxiety and PTSD. That is why effective treatments to address trauma related symptoms and substance abuse should be provided simultaneously.
The Florida House Trauma Program consists of:
A thorough psychiatric and psychological assessment of patients with a history of trauma and/or PTSD is conducted. This assessment includes tests for depression, personality scales, and the Davidson Trauma Scale that will help patients track their progress.
- Introduction to the Seeking Safety program including weekly group meetings with an emphasis on Cognitive behavioral techniques, education and the implementation of safe coping skills. Seeking safety is designed for people with a history of addictions and trauma. The trauma and substance abuse issues are treated simultaneously. Dr. Najavitz at Harvard Medical School and Mclean Hospital beginning in 1993 developed Seeking Safety with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse. This treatment has been proven to be very effective in rigorous scientific trials.
- If appropriate, a treatment plan including the use of non-addictive medications for insomnia, nightmares, disabling flashbacks or depression is recommended.
- Our trauma team provides ongoing feedback to the patient’s primary therapist and is available for consultation, crisis management and aftercare.
At the Florida House Experience we understand the need to treat all aspects of the disease of addiction so that our patients have every opportunity to live and enjoy their lives to the fullest. For more information please contact us at 866-421-6242 .