When an individual is struggling with the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, the effects can be far-reaching and wreak havoc on his or her mental and physical health. The hyperarousal, re-experiencing, and avoidance symptoms can make completing the most mundane tasks seemingly impossible to a sufferer of this condition. In many cases, those battling PTSD experience a great deal of distress and often turn to drugs and/or alcohol as a means of coping with their inner turmoil. Furthermore, should these symptoms of PTSD remain present in an individual’s life without alleviation, the anguish can worsen and trigger the onset of additional mental health concerns. At Sierra Tucson, the best rehab center for PTSD treatment, we understand the devastation caused by the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder in a person’s life and are pleased to offer exemplary treatment that is geared toward holistic healing. As a leading treatment provider, we put forth every effort to improve the lives of those who come to us for premier care.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Witnessing a close friend or loved one struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder can be disheartening. Since the person you care about experienced, witnessed, or learned about a trauma, you may have noticed a number of changes in his or her demeanor or how he or she emotionally responds to certain things. You may be concerned when thinking about how your loved one’s mental state is impacting his or her life. As a concerned friend, spouse, or close relative, there are a number of things that you can do to help this person get the life-saving treatment that is needed:
- Educate yourself on post-traumatic stress disorder, including symptoms, causes, and prognosis when treatment is sought. By learning all that you can about PTSD, you will better understand what your loved one is going through, be able to identify symptoms, and realize the benefits of treatment.
- Discuss the need for treatment with your loved one and emphasize the benefits of seeking treatment.
- When having a conversation about treatment, it is important that you convey your concerns in an empathic manner and inform him or her that you will be supportive during the therapeutic process.
- Research treatment options that can meet your loved one’s needs and include him or her in this process. By including the person you care about in the treatment-seeking process, he or she will be more invested in his or her own care and may feel empowered in choosing a treatment provider.
- Encourage your loved one to contact the treatment provider of choice or, if your loved one prefers, reach out to the selected provider and inquire about the admissions process, methods for care, and other relevant information about that particular provider.
- Agree to go with your loved one for a tour of the treatment provider or to his or her initial assessment. Both of these are great ways to show your support.
- Make every effort to be part of your loved one’s care once he or she is engaged in treatment.
Lastly, if your loved one authorizes consent, it is a good idea to maintain contact with his or her treatment provider for the duration of the therapeutic process. Regular contact with said provider can supply you with updates on your loved one’s progress and offer suggestions for how you can help your loved one during and after treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Our Rehab Center
The incapacitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can cause a great deal of strife in the lives of sufferers. Failing to get treatment for this condition can render a number of harmful consequences for an individual over time. And, because the symptoms of this mental illness may not become apparent until long after the initial trauma occurred, it is important to seek treatment as soon as an individual begins experiencing symptoms. Those with PTSD may experience a decline in functioning in occupational settings; display emotional outbursts without an obvious trigger; restructure their lifestyle to avoid certain people, places, or things that are reminiscent of the trauma; or experience disrupted sleep patterns due to intrusive nightmares. Prolonged suffering can make a person more vulnerable to use and/or abuse of substances, as drugs and alcohol may offer a temporary reprieve from an individual’s turmoil. Furthermore, a person with PTSD may begin to develop other mental health concerns or physical ailments should the symptoms of this illness remain present for a longer period of time. Seeking and receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the best things that can be done to prevent the occurrence of the aforementioned effects. Mental health treatment for PTSD and other concerns present in an individual’s life can ultimately help him or her come to understand a life without the dismay and torment of this serious mental illness.
Types of Treatment Offered at Our Rehab Center
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our treatment center is pleased to offer state-of-the-art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, our rehab center prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health conditions. Holistic and individualized treatment is the cornerstone of the best care offered at our treatment center, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced professionals. Our rehab’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive lifestyle.
As part of the individualized care we offer, the admissions process will begin in Desert Flower, our secure behavioral health inpatient unit. You will meet with our psychiatrists and nurses to receive a comprehensive assessment that includes a physical exam, psychiatric evaluations, a skin assessment, and optional genetic testing. To provide the attention and safety you deserve, this unit is conveniently located in the center of our campus and offers the opportunity for a bi-directional continuum of care within our levels of treatment.
The behavioral health residential treatment supplied by Sierra Tucson, a premier PTSD treatment center, is designed to elicit the most favorable treatment outcomes for all residents. With four distinct treatment options available, residents receive the beneficial services they need in order to live an abundant life. With specific regards to those wishing to rebuild their lives after enduring a trauma, Our rehab’s Trauma Recovery Program is specially designed to care for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma related to sexual abuse or non-sexual trauma, and the additional concerns that are known to afflict these individuals. This treatment is intensive in nature and implements our bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to care.
Once an assessment determines that a resident is appropriate for this treatment, the individual will then begin his or her journey toward discovering personal and emotional truths concerning fear, honesty, trust, and dependency. Additionally, residents can partake in the following treatment methods, which are outlined in a resident’s treatment plan and our treatment center’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: Residents engaged in the Trauma Recovery Program at our rehab are able to meet with a psychiatrist at least two times per week to determine the need for medication, monitor medication, and adjust any medication prescribed in order to ensure optimal alleviation of mental health symptoms, including those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. Registered nurses and clinical technicians also assist in monitoring a resident’s medication needs. While every resident may not require these services, they are available should these services meet his or her needs.
Individual therapy: Master’s-level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists at our treatment center conduct individual therapy sessions with residents several times per week depending on the treatment modality that is being administered. Individual therapy sessions are a time in which residents can process their progress, concerns, and feelings one-on-one with a qualified mental health professional.
Group therapy: Upon admission to the Trauma Recovery Program at our rehab, residents are assigned a small group of peers with whom they will meet several times per week with a primary therapist. In addition to the peer group, other groups are supplied by this treatment. Topics covered within these groups include, but are not limited to:
- Processing grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
- Anger management
- Didactic lectures
- Resilience training
Four-Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of residents, our rehab’s Family treatment plan includes Family Week, a four-day experience on site for family members and other close identified loved ones of residents. This type of treatment typically occurs during a resident’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psycho-educational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a resident’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic & Recreational Activities: In order to help residents build a stronger sense of self and confidence, our treatment center offers a Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Program. This treatment option includes the following therapeutic activities, which are conducted on a daily or weekly basis to stress the importance of physical activity:
- Equine therapy
- Adventure therapy, which includes a ropes course and rock wall
- Movement therapy
- Daily walk after dinner or before evening treatment
- Personal training
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those working through trauma, our rehab’s Trauma Recovery Program includes a number of additional services that have proven effective in helping people overcome a painful traumatic past and any distressing symptoms that could be present. The following services are offered within this treatment plan:
- Somatic Experiencing® (SE), which aims to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related concerns by helping residents focus on their own body sensations.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses a resident’s own eye movements to explore the emotionally charged memories of one’s traumatic past.
- Somato-Emotional Release (SER) massage is a procedure that uses craniosacral therapy to free the body of the discomforting effects of trauma.
Should a resident require stabilization services while engaged in our rehab center’s residential treatment, he or she is able to participate in the services supplied by Desert Flower before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each resident’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Our rehab’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every resident who comes for PTSD treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second to none. Once a resident engages in services at our treatment center, a comprehensive continuing care plan is devised so that he or she can remain successful once treatment is complete. During a resident’s stay at Desert Flower, he or she meets with continuing care staff to assess his or her needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential treatment at our rehab meet with the same continuing care staff, as well as the local treatment specialist (TPS), and participate in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and establish any follow-up appointments that may be required upon discharge.
Furthermore, residents exiting the residential treatment, along with their family members, can benefit from Connect365. This year-long treatment plan is offered at no additional cost and includes a personal recovery coach, a recovery management system via a mobile app, and ongoing encouragement from the participant’s support team. Residents connect with their recovery coach during treatment in order to build a strong rapport with him or her prior to discharge.
Lastly, former residents can enjoy a lifetime of Alumni Relations services, including support groups throughout the country, workshops, social activities, and the annual Alumni Retreat.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have endured post-traumatic stress disorder, look no further than our treatment center. The life you have envisioned begins here.