Experiencing a traumatic event can cause much devastation in an individual’s life. If a person has experienced, witnessed, or learned about a traumatic event, it can negatively affect him or her in a number of ways. Whether it be a natural disaster, a severe car accident, a plane crash, a terrorist attack, military deployment, physical assault, or psychological abuse, a traumatic event can lead to monumental disturbances in an individual’s wellbeing.
At Acadia Healthcare, we recognize the impact that trauma and trauma-related concerns can have on an individual. We also understand that while some individuals are able to recuperate from the emotional effects of their experiences, others will suffer from ongoing distress that can hinder their ability to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When this is the case, individuals may feel at a loss as to what they can do or where they can turn in order to find relief from their suffering.
For these reasons, within our vast network of treatment providers, Acadia Healthcare is proud to offer a number of options for care that are designed to help those who are battling trauma-related concerns so that they can learn to manage their symptoms and alleviate their distress.
Why Consider Treatment for Trauma and Trauma-Related Concerns
When an individual witnesses, learns about, or lives through a traumatic experience, and is unable to resume appropriate functioning, it is possible that he or she has developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, or another trauma-related mental health concern. When this is the case, if treatment is not received a number of detriments can be imposed upon the individual’s life. Adults may find it difficult to perform the way they once did at work, which could potentially result in demotion or job loss and subsequent financial difficulties. Similarly, children and adolescents may struggle to perform academically, potentially resulting in academic failure and difficulties with academic advancement. Social interactions can be greatly hindered, leading to a loss of friendships, a demise of other important relationships, and the onset of familial strife. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for individuals who are suffering from a trauma-related mental health concerns to turn to the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol in an attempt to alleviate the distress that they experience on a daily basis. Substances can serve to numb the emotional pain that is experienced, which can be appealing and can rapidly trap individuals in a cycle of ongoing substance abuse.
While overcoming the effects of trauma can seem impossible, there is help available. Throughout Acadia Healthcare’s wide network of top-notch treatment centers, a number of programs are available that can be customized to meet the individualized needs of each person seeking care. By receiving professional treatment, the long-lasting effects of trauma can be lessened or prevented altogether.
Levels of Care Offered Through Acadia Healthcare
Detoxification services: Unfortunately, many individuals who are suffering from PTSD or other trauma-related concerns turn to the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate the emotional pain that plagues them. When such is the case, eliminating these substances is imperative for true healing to begin. By receiving detoxification services, individuals are able to have any substances safely removed from their systems while under the constant care of medical professionals and/or addiction treatment experts. This physiological process helps to eradicate the withdrawal symptoms that accompany the cessation of substance use, while also minimizing the onset of cravings for future use.
Inpatient treatment: Typically a short-term treatment intervention designed to create psychiatric stabilization, inpatient care is offered at a number of Acadia’s treatment centers. When individuals are suffering from PTSD or other trauma-related concerns, they can benefit from receiving inpatient care by placing themselves in a safe environment where they are removed from the stressors of their daily lives and able to place their sole focus on recovering. Here, the effects of the traumas experienced can be processed and skills for managing symptoms and alleviating distress can be learned and implemented.
Residential treatment: Many of Acadia’s treatment centers offer residential care. When working to overcome the residual turmoil that results from having experienced, witnessed, or learned about a trauma, residential care may be beneficial in that it allows individuals to reside in a safe and secure environment where they are monitored around-the-clock by treatment professionals. In this setting, individuals can spend their days attending group therapy sessions and individual therapy sessions, as well as engaging in various experiential activities. By having all of one’s focus placed on his or her recovery, healing can be successfully achieved.
Day treatment with educational services: Day treatment programs with educational services are offered at a number of Acadia’s treatment centers and are typically designed for children and adolescents. When young people have experienced trauma, they frequently struggle to cope with the emotional effects that that trauma has inflicted on them. In such cases, it can be difficult for them to perform adequately at school and to appropriately interact with their peers. By engaging in a day treatment program, these young people are able to receive the academic services that they need, while also participating in therapeutic interventions that can elicit mental and emotional recovery.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Partial hospitalization programs are created to be an intensive treatment option for individuals who do not require residential or inpatient services, yet who can benefit from a structured setting in which to begin the process of healing. The majority of Acadia’s treatment centers offer PHP, but the times and structures of these programs will vary from center to center. Additionally, each individual’s needs will be taken into account when treatment plans are created at the beginning of PHP, ensuring that their participation in such a program will address their concerns and help them achieve their recovery goals.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Intensive outpatient programs are a slightly less rigorous programming option than PHP. In IOP, schedules typically only consist of a few hours of services a few days a week. As with PHP, the specific schedules of these programs will vary amongst the different treatment centers. The needs of each individual seeking treatment through IOP will likewise be taken into account when determining how frequently he or she will engage in the services offered.
Traditional outpatient services: Several of Acadia’s treatment centers offer traditional outpatient services in addition to more intensive programming options. These services can range anywhere from weekly or biweekly therapy sessions to monthly appointments with a psychiatrist for medication management. The offerings at each treatment center vary, but all are designed to help individuals with whatever needs or concerns they have.
To learn more about any of the exemplary programs that Acadia Healthcare offers for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. Our knowledgeable, compassionate, and helpful staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to help guide you as you begin your recovery journey.