Given its reputation, little needs to be said about the ability of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has to dramatically affect those who struggle with it. Unfortunately, however, it is quite common for a person to engage in substance misuse as well as be diagnosed with co-occurring PTSD. In these situations, substance misuse and co-occurring PTSD can cause substantial and widespread damage to nearly all domains of a person’s life. Without professional help, the chances of freeing oneself from substance misuse and learning to manage the symptoms of PTSD are substantially lower.
Fortunately, substance misuse and co-occurring PTSD do not have to dictate a person’s life. With the help of the experienced and caring treatment team at The Manor Clinic, it is possible to simultaneously break free from substance use and develop tools to learn to manage the symptoms of PTSD. With the help of The Manor Clinic, a brighter future is possible.
Why consider PTSD treatment at The Manor Clinic
If not addressed in a caring, comprehensive treatment environment, substance misuse and co-occurring PTSD can all but destroy a person’s livelihood. These disorders can devastate relationships, causing separation, divorce, loss of child custody, dissolution of friendships, and social isolation. Furthermore, these disorders can prevent a person from performing well at work or holding down steady employment, potentially causing long-term unemployment and substantial financial strain. Finally, substance misuse can affect a person’s own body, causing organ damage, increasing the likelihood of the person contracting blood-borne infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C, and causing a person to be in danger of a potentially fatal overdose.
There is no doubt that these consequences are severe. However, with prompt and correct care, it is possible for a person to minimise or avoid them altogether.
Types of treatment for PTSD offered at The Manor Clinic
When a person comes to The Manor Clinic for PTSD treatment,the following methods of treatment can be incorporated into an individual’s personally tailored treatment plan, whether they are embarking on a 28, 14 or 7-day programme:
- Medically assisted detox
- Medication management
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family support
- Experiential therapy
In choosing The Manor Clinic to break free from an addiction to substances and overcome the symptoms of PTSD, you or someone you care about will receive the treatment needed to begin the next chapter of life, free from the constraints of chemical dependency.
To learn more about our programming, or to begin the process of admissions, feel free to give our helpful admissions team a call. We are standing by to help you determine if our centre is the place to begin living the sober and healthy life you deserve to be living.
Helping a loved one get treatment for PTSD
There are few experiences that are more painful than watching someone succumb to substance misuse and co-occurring PTSD. Fortunately, you are in a prime position to be of aid to your friend or family member. Consider the following ways you might be able to help:
- Each person’s struggle with substance misuse and PTSD is different, but it can be helpful to begin by learning some general facts about these conditions. In doing so, you gain valuable insight into their struggles that may help you be more empathic and more likely to be of aid. Specifically, learn the signs and symptoms of PTSD and your loved one’s substance of choice, and learn how substance misuse and PTSD can interact
- Once you have a solid base of knowledge, it is time to develop some next steps. They will likely benefit from treatment, so it can be helpful to investigate treatment options. Considers factors such as: approach to treatment, available staff members, and philosophy of care. If you are unsure about any of these elements, feel free to speak with the admissions staff at The Manor Clinic
- Once you have a base of knowledge and you have made a list of treatment options, you can present what you have learned to them. This may be a difficult series of conversations, and you may experience a gamut of responses from your loved one, ranging from thankfulness to denial to anger to sadness, or any one of a number of other responses. There is no right or wrong way to relate to them; instead, try your best to be open, patient, and non-judgmental, and try to make sure these conversations do not devolve into arguments
- Once they are ready, he or she will likely want to enter treatment. Do your best to facilitate this process by arranging admissions appointments, accompanying them to those appointments, and remaining an active participant in the treatment process. During their time in treatment, participate in family exercises and keep in touch with your loved one
- Above all else, take care of yourself. One of the best things you can do is to keep yourself fresh and energised. You cannot do this alone, so make sure you rely on the support of family and friends. In addition, make time for personal hobbies, exercise, healthy eating, and adequate sleep. Finally, consider other sources of support, such as support groups or individual therapy