On their own, addiction and trauma can have a dramatic negative impact on a person’s life. When a person experiences both of these challenges at the same time, the effect can be exponentially more severe.
In the aftermath of a traumatic event, it is normal and healthy to feel profound sadness or grief for a limited period of time. However, some people develop persistent distressing symptoms that overwhelm their ability to live a healthy life, and that show no sign of easing or waning. These symptoms may indicate the presence of a mental health disorder known as posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Addiction and co-occurring PTSD can make it virtually impossible for a person to live a productive and satisfying life. In addition to the physical and psychological harm that can result from addiction, a person who also has co-occurring PTSD may be endure sleep disruptions, vivid nightmares, recurrent intrusive memories of the traumatic event, an inability to experience pleasure, and a host of additional painful symptoms.
When a person is already struggling with the compulsion to abuse alcohol or another substance, the co-occurring effects of trauma or PTSD can be overwhelming.
The good news is these disorders are treatable conditions. If you or a loved one have been dealing with addiction and co-occurring effects of trauma or PTSD, professional treatment at an effective program such as Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center can significant improve your life.
When you or your loved one choose to heal at our substance abuse treatment center in Georgia, you will work closely with teams of dedicated professionals who have considerable experience helping people who have developed addiction and co-occurring PTSD, or who are otherwise struggling with chemical dependency and the effects of trauma.
Why Should You Consider Residential Treatment at Blue Ridge?
A traumatic experience can completely disrupt an individual’s life, leaving them feeling scared and alone. The longer the symptoms of trauma go on untreated the worse the symptoms will be. That’s why it’s vital that you take the aftermath of the traumatic event you experienced, seek rehab and allow others to help you through this difficult time. No one should suffer alone.
At our treatment center in Georgia, we are equipped to help individuals who are struggling with the repercussions of a traumatic experience. Our main concern is that you feel safe and supported while you begin to heal. We make sure that you always have support and compassion when you need it most.
Our beautiful treatment center is located on 40 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, which provides you the perfect calming environment to heal from your intensely traumatic event. Our holistic rehab approach ensures that you will get the most comprehensive trauma treatment available to allow you to best heal from the events, process your feelings, and remind yourself that there is hope for the future. Our empathic and fully trained treatment team is ready to help you overcome your fears by various types of empirically validated therapies and medication management to best allow you to reclaim your life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
The multidimensional residential treatment programs at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center is dedicated to providing personalized care to each person who walks through our doors. Our emphasis is placed on treating the person as a whole instead of focusing on your symptoms. We know that you’re not defined by the trauma you experienced.
The compassionate staff at Blue Ridge takes the time to get to know you on a personal level so that we are able to provide you with the best treatment for your struggles while you rehab with us. We focus on the strengths that you do have and use them to empower you to take an active role in your recovery. You can get through this. We’ll be beside you every step of the way.
Types of Therapy we Use to Treat Trauma
The residential treatment at Blue Ridge for trauma rehab offers many different effective treatment models. Through years of experience we have found that the best way to help individuals who are suffering emotional and psychological trauma is to use a combination of medication management, traditional therapy, and experiential techniques.
During rehab, medication is often used to help individuals who have experienced trauma to cope with the emotional pain they are experiencing. Additionally, medication may be used to manage the symptoms of co-occurring disorders, such as depression or substance abuse, that may have developed as a result of the trauma. Types of medication will depend upon the presenting symptoms and any co-occurring disorders and will be discussed with your treatment team. After you’ve had some time to heal and work through your painful emotions, medication may be decreased or eliminated.
Individual therapy provides you with a safe intimate setting where you will work with a licensed therapist to process your feelings about your traumatic experience. Individual sessions are designed to give you the chance to delve deeper into your concerns and get what you need out of therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used to identify and alter negative ways of thinking. By challenging negative thought patterns and changing them to more constructive thoughts, you can begin to change your behavior.
Reality-based therapy (RT) focuses on the current problems you are having as a result of your traumatic experience. By focusing on current problems, you we will be able to address those issues and overcome your difficulties when presented with them in real life. Through RT during your treatment, you’ll learn that you alone hold the key to creating the future you want and through your behaviors, you’ll be able to attain all that you dream of.
Group therapy is a large part of our residential treatment. We want you to connect with other individuals who have gone through traumatic experiences so that you can gain additional support and validation. This allows you to work together to overcome your fears. We offer both process and psycho-educational groups throughout rehab that focus on a variety of topics depending on the group session.
Our family therapy sessions are there to help you reconnect with loved ones and work on any problems within the family dynamic. We also hold a two-day intensive family workshop here at our treatment center in Georgia where your family members will learn about how trauma can emotionally and psychological damage an individual and how they can contribute to your recovery process.
We also provide additional non-traditional methods to assist with your recovery. These may include:
- Recreational programming
- Guided meditation
- Spiritual therapy
- Art programming
- Nutritional counseling
- Role playing
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When you are close to being discharged from residential treatment at Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center, you will sit down with your treatment team to set up an appropriate aftercare plan to work on your continued recovery. Together you will determine which treatment services will be the next best step for your recovery needs. All of these types of services provide less structure than residential treatment, but still offer a variety of therapeutic services.
Some individuals choose to step-down to a lower level of care such as Partial Hospital Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Others feel that traditional outpatient therapy is best. If you are returning home, we will connect you with a local outpatient provider in Georgia or elsewhere and set up an appointment time to ensure there is no lapse in your recovery.
No matter the treatment you choose, we will help make all the arrangements to allow the transition to be as smooth as possible. We want you to continue to be successful in your recovery.