Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common diagnosis with people carrying a diagnosis of alcohol or drug addiction. A person’s life narrative may include issues of early life abuse, neglect and toxicity. For some, PTSD may be secondary to combat experience, natural disasters, or a traumatic loss, where others it may be less of an event, but more of an internalized sense of identity and false self.
At Providence Treatment we utilize best practice strategies to help patients with PTSD. Some of the interventions we use are:
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology.
- Prolonged exposure therapy, a form of behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy designed to treat PTSD, characterized by re-experiencing the traumatic event through remembering it and engaging with, rather than avoiding, reminders of the trauma (triggers).
- Cognitive processing therapy, a manualized therapy to help our client recover from PTSD by focusing on how the traumatic event is construed and coped with by our client who is trying to regain a sense of mastery and control in his or her life.
- Stress reduction strategies through mindfulness, developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, are exercises and techniques to train our client to respond to stressful situations “mindfully.”
If you are assessed to have PTSD, then we will develop a strategy that best addresses your specific PTSD symptoms and causes.