Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since mental illness affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
PTSD is a debilitating mental disorder that can occur in individuals who have witnessed a natural disaster, severe accident, unexpected death of a loved one, terrorist attack, war, violent personal assault, and other life-threatening events. It’s common for them to have nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive thoughts when a stressful event occurs. Approximately eight million people in the U.S. have this disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD than men. This disorder usually leads to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Here are some facts about PTSD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health:
Approximately 3.6 percent of adults in the U.S. experience PTSD each year.
Individuals who have experienced previous traumatic events have a higher risk of developing PTSD.
Sixty-seven percent of people exposed to mass violence are prone to developing PTSD, a higher rate than those exposed to natural disasters or other traumatic situations.
Apart from women, military personnel and children are also highly susceptible to developing this disorder.
Relationships and PTSD
Individuals with PTSD may have difficulty maintaining close relationships with their family and friends. Their symptoms can cause issues with trust, communication, problem-solving, and closeness, which impacts how they interact with people. Changes in communication can strain relationships because a loved one may take offense if they don’t understand PTSD.
Development: Environmental and genetic factors play a role in a person’s critical development stages, which can heighten addiction risk. Even though taking drugs at any age can result in addiction, a person who uses them from a young age is more likely to become dependent. Early drug exposure can negatively impact teens because the areas in their brains that control judgment, decision-making, and self-control are still developing.
PTSD treatment can help an individual regain a sense of control over their life. The primary treatment is psychotherapy (talk therapy), but it can also include medication. Combining these treatments can help improve a person’s symptoms by:
Teaching them skills to address their symptoms
Helping them think better about themselves, others, and humanity
Healthy coping mechanisms when symptoms arise
Treating other problems typically related to traumatic experiences, such as anxiety, depression, or drug and alcohol addiction
Several types of psychotherapy can help children and adults cope with their condition. Different types include:
Exposure therapy: This behavioral therapy helps an individual face painful memories and situations so that they can learn to cope effectively. Exposure therapy is particularly helpful for treating nightmares and flashbacks.
Cognitive therapy: This type of treatment helps a person recognize the cognitive patterns that keep them stuck, which include negative beliefs about themselves and the risk of traumatic events occurring again. For PTSD treatment, therapists typically use cognitive therapy in conjunction with exposure therapy.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements that can help a person process their traumatic memories and change their response to them.
A therapist can help individuals with PTSD develop stress management skills to help them better handle upsetting situations. They can select from individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of both. Some people check into a dual diagnosis treatment center that can help them treat their mental health disorders as well as any substance abuse issues.
10 weeks ago
This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
28 weeks ago
Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
46 weeks ago
Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
47 weeks ago
What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
47 weeks ago
Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
Jan 1, 2019
The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
Nov 13, 2018
This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
Aug 10, 2018
I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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