Helping Veterans with Addiction Recovery
You’ve served our country with honor and grace. Now you’re home again—but instead of feeling safe—you can’t get the traumatic and disturbing images out of your head. You relive the horror of war daily and your drinking or drug use has spiraled out of control. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse related to PTSD, Casa Capri is a nurturing and safe space where you can find wholehearted healing. Give us a call now at 855-816-8826. Our caring and compassionate staff is here for you 24/7.
Our accredited drug rehab and alcohol rehab centers have the structured support and plentiful assortment of over 28 treatment modalities to give you all the tools you’ll need to heal PTSD and get your life back. Whether it’s EMDR therapy, equine therapy, trauma therapy, brain mapping or yoga, our programs include the newest and most effective therapies available today.
You’ve Already Survived, Now it’s Time to Thrive
Our expert, all-female staff of doctors, therapists and counselors will create a unique, individualized addiction treatment program just for you that includes our highly praised post-war trauma treatment. You’ll feel at home and truly safe in our nurturing, women’s only, family-like environment located just a few blocks from the beach in southern California.
At Casa Capri, we’ve helped many female veterans struggling with post-war trauma and addiction fully recover and live again. You have given so much, now it’s time to get the support and healing you deserve. Don’t live another day in fear; pick up the phone and call us now at 855-816-8826.
Get Help for a Woman with PTSD and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse
Men experience more traumatic events during their lifetime, yet women are the ones more likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Not only that, but women usually show different symptoms than men, making it difficult to diagnose the condition.
What Forms of PTSD Are There?
There are five main types of post-traumatic stress disorder, classified in order of their seriousness.
- Normal Stress Response – occurs as a result of a single, traumatic event experienced by an adult. Usually, these individuals recover within a few weeks of the event but can use the help of a group debriefing or discussion with a psychologist or therapist. Signs include bad memories and dreams, tension in the body and strained relationships.
- Acute Stress Disorder – may be a reaction to a lasting catastrophe or a series of traumatic events. Signs include panic attacks, confusion, and dissociation, being unable to manage basic daily tasks, and so on.
- Uncomplicated PTSD – follows the continuous reexperiencing of a traumatic event and is characterized by an avoidance of the trauma-related stimuli, as well as emotional ups and downs.
- Comorbid PTSD – is associated with at least one other serious mental disorder: substance abuse, anxiety or depression. These comorbidities must be treated as a combined disorder, not one after the other.
- Complex PTSD – is the direct result of prolonged traumatic circumstances, like childhood sexual abuse. These persons may also be diagnosed with psychiatric disorders (borderline or antisocial personality, or dissociative disorders). Signs of complex PTSD include behavioral alterations (sexual or eating disorders, substance abuse) and extreme emotions (bouts of rage or profound depression). The treatment lasts for longer than the other types of PTSD and involves various medical specialties.
Are Women More Susceptible to PTSD Than Men?
Different studies have shown that over half of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Of course, not all of them develop PTSD, but it is worth mentioning that, while symptoms are similar (reexperiencing, avoidance, hyperarousal and numbing), women suffer from different traumas than men.
The most common traumas are sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, with around one-third of women being assaulted once in their life. Other traumas with higher occurrence in women than in men are childhood neglect, domestic violence, and the death of a loved one.
The same studies show that the number of women likely to develop PTSD after a trauma is more than twice as high as the number of men (10% to 4%). For starters, sexual assault is a type of trauma more susceptible to leaving lasting signs in women as compared to men. Moreover, women tend to blame themselves for the event more than men.
The development of PTSD is also linked to the woman’s history and the context of the trauma. Thus, women with pre-existing mental health problems (depression, panic disorder or anxiety) or who had a severe reaction to the traumatic event and don’t have a good social network are at higher risk.
Is There Medication to Treat PTSD Symptoms?
Most physicians prescribe antidepressants for PTSD to help control symptoms like sadness, anger, worry, and numbness. Some treatments also tackle symptoms, such as nightmares, but these drugs are not currently Food and Drug Administration approved. Doctors and patients can work together to find the most suitable solution, which in most cases includes psychotherapy.
What Therapy Approaches Work to Treat PTSD?
Depending on the type of PTSD and the seriousness of the condition, specialists use different types of psychotherapy to help patients. Some of these therapies are aimed at minimizing the symptoms while others focus on social or family issues. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most used resources. It features two components:
- Exposure therapy, whose purpose is to help people recognize and control their fear. The therapist exposes the trauma gradually and safely, using techniques such as writing, imagining or revisiting the place where the traumatic event occurred.
- Cognitive restructuring can give people a correct sense of what happened. Sometimes, they may have different recollections of the event, may feel guilty or ashamed, although it was not their fault.
The patients can also help themselves by committing to the treatment and being involved as much as possible. For instance, they may discuss treatment options with their doctor, spend time with other people, confide in friends or family members, and explain what triggers their symptoms. At the same time, they need to understand that results don’t come overnight, and PTSD recovery may take fairly long.
How to Address a Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Problem?
Because people with PTSD are unable to cope with the symptoms of their illness, they use alcohol and drugs to escape. When that happens, patients require intensive support from mental health professionals, family, and peers. Specialists need to develop an integrated treatment plan that combines individual and family sessions, medication, group counseling meetings, and other tools that may help the patient during their recovery.
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People respond to traumatic events differently. Regardless of the type of PTSD, you are dealing with, one thing is clear: you need help. Look for a rehabilitation center that can develop a personalized treatment that takes into account your unique needs.
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