Tragically, millions of people have had to endure the experience of living through a trauma. For these individuals, suffering from significant feelings of distress following their traumatic experience is inevitable. Yet, there are some individuals who experience those feelings of distress to such an extreme that it begins to negatively impact their abilities to function in the same manner that they once did. When this is the case, an individual is likely suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. More commonly referred to simply as PTSD, this mental health condition has the potential to cause monumental disruption in the lives of those afflicted by it, negatively impacting the way in which they interact socially, occupationally, and within their family lives. The presence of the symptoms of this mental illness can also render individuals incapable of adhering to certain tasks of daily living, furthering exacerbating their feelings of distress.
At Life Healing Center, we realize the emotional pain that plagues people who are suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related conditions. We also recognize the turmoil that ensues when these individuals are battling other mental health concerns and chemical dependency problems at the same time as they are attempting to cope with the symptoms of PTSD. For this reason, we have devised specialized rehab that aims to meet all of the complex needs of these individuals so that they can find true and lasting healing.
In coming to Life Healing Center, men and women can receive rehab and support, learn coping skills, and develop a newfound sense of confidence in knowing that life does not have to be governed by the presence of a mental illness like PTSD. Our caring and compassionate staff is ready, willing, and able to help you or a loved one come to realize the happy, healthy existence that is deserving of all people.
Why Consider Treatment at Life Healing Center
When the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder remain unaddressed and the individuals suffering from this condition are denied the ability to enter rehab, there can be a great deal of negative ramifications that result. With symptoms that are frequently all-consuming, PTSD can cause individuals to struggle to perform at the expected level occupationally, potentially leading them to their lose their jobs and suffer from subsequent financial distress as a result. Relationships with others can become problematic, as sufferers of PTSD often struggle to interact with others in the way that they once did. The result of this can be destroyed relationships, familial strife, and divorce. The reoccurring flashbacks that are frequently symptomatic of PTSD can also cause sufferers to experience excessive feelings of anxiety and paranoia, causing a steady decline in their overall mental health. Furthermore, these individuals are at a high risk for turning to substances as a means of self-medicating and coping with the emotional turmoil that plagues them each day. Self-harm, suicidal ideation, and making attempts at suicide are also tragic occurrences in individuals who do not receive rehab for the symptoms they experience as a result of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment in the Albuquerque & Santa Fe, NM Area
Just knowing that someone you care about has had to live through a traumatic event can be heart-wrenching in and of itself, but when you then have to witness your loved one experiencing the highly distressing symptoms of PTSD following that experience, it can be completely devastating. While you want to help your loved one, you may be unsure as to what you, specifically, can do for him or her. Consider the following suggestions:
- Learn as much as you can about posttraumatic stress disorder. By doing so, you will be able to gain an understanding as to what your loved one is experiencing, which can assist you in developing a sense of empathy while also helping you come to understand how you can best be of support to him or her.
- Offer your loved one the opportunity to discuss how he or she is feeling. It is imperative that you do not force or pressure your loved one to talk about the trauma he or she experienced unless he or she wants to, but by simply letting your loved one know that you are there to listen, you are offering an immense amount of support.
- Research various rehab centers that specialize in caring for individuals who have endured trauma and present your loved one with your findings.
- If appointments are scheduled for assessments or for tours of rehab centers, ask your loved one if he or she would like you to accompany him or her. This is yet another way to demonstrate your ongoing support.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in rehab , seek out ways in which you can be a part of the treatment process. For example, if family therapy is incorporated into your loved one’s treatment plan, make the effort to take part in those sessions. Additionally, stay in contact with your loved one consistently while he or she is in rehab.
- Ask for recommendations from your loved one’s treatment providers regarding things that you can do at home to help ease your loved one back into his or her daily life once he or she has completed treatment.
- Always remain a constant source of encouragement, support, and hope for your loved one. The more support that he or she gains from you, the more successful his or her treatment outcomes are likely to be.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
With an unwavering dedication to providing clinical excellence within every facet of treatment, Life Healing Center supplies care that is effective in treating trauma-related concerns, mental health conditions, addictions to drugs and/or alcohol, and co-occurring intimacy disorders. Men and women, aged 18 and older, who wish to improve their lives and learn the skills needed to function without the physical and emotional turmoil that is known to arise when such concerns are present can partake in our innovative programming to achieve the healing they need. Our team of experienced professionals, which is comprised of a board certified adult psychiatrist, therapists, nurses, clinical technicians, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and ancillary therapists, is committed to providing culturally-sensitive, effective, and compassionate treatment so that clients can leave our center with improved overall wellness.
When you begin treatment at Life Healing Center, which is located not far from Albuquerque in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you will embark on a truly life-changing experience that is tailored to meet your specific and unique needs. Our thorough assessments will gather pertinent information, identify the most pressing concerns that are plaguing you, and reveal underlying contributors that have led to your seeking treatment at our pioneering center. This information will be used to devise an individualized treatment plan, which will then be put into action after you have been assigned to one of our three Core Programs. Our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Program are all designed to care for specific treatment needs and can include the following effective therapeutic interventions and approaches:
Detoxification services: If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol in addition to suffering from the symptoms of PTSD, detox may be necessary before you engage in our residential rehab programming. These services involve ridding the body of the toxic substances that have contributed to an addiction so that you are then able to embark on the path to recovery with a clear mind. A team of professionals supervises these services so as to minimize any risks involved, and every effort will be put forth to make you as comfortable as possible. These services are recommended on a case-by-case basis and the need for this service will be discussed prior to formulating a finalized treatment plan.
Medication management: When a person is battling a mental health condition, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, that causes severe symptoms that cannot be treated via therapies alone, certain medications may be recommended as part of a client’s treatment plan. Our highly trained psychiatrist will evaluate you to determine if you are in need of medication. If it is determined that this will be beneficial in alleviating your symptoms, the psychiatrist can then prescribe the appropriate medication, and will then monitor its effectiveness. Medications prescribed, as well as dosages given, can be altered depending on your response to them, and decisions to make changes to medications can be discussed when meetings occur with our psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: In order to give you the one-on-one time you need to process your past and current experiences while at our center, you will have the opportunity to partake in individual therapy sessions with a therapist. These sessions can be a time to establish individual goals, process victories and setbacks, and work on skills building within the sanctity of a one-on-one therapeutic relationship.
Family therapy: Available on an as-needed basis, family therapy sessions are designed to heal relationships with those closest to you. Your assigned primary therapist will be responsible for conducting these sessions. The overarching goals for this treatment method are to instill healthy communication skills, resolve conflict, and foster a strong network of support that can serve you and your loved ones well for a lifetime.
Group therapy: An integral part of the care offered at Life Healing Center is the inclusion of group therapy within our rehab programming for the treatment of PTSD. This treatment method will allow you to receive support and learn from others who have had similar struggles. The various types of groups that are available can include the following:
- Creative Recovery
- Elemental Integration
- Mood disorders
- Substance use
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
The following topics are among those that may be covered in these various groups:
- Conflict resolution
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Emotion regulation
- Healing shame
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Preparing for discharge
- Relapse prevention
- Trauma resolution
Experiential therapy: Designed to increase our client’s awareness of the mind, body, and spirit connection, Life Healing Center offers various experiential therapies. With the ability to foster true healing, the following are among the experiential therapies our rehab programs feature:
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Led by contracted ancillary therapists, our residential programming options feature the following, which are proven effective in helping to further clients along in the healing process at Life Healing Center:
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
- Massage therapy
- Shamanic drumming
- Somatic experiencing
The multidisciplinary staff members who comprise our treatment teams are one of the key factors that make Life Healing Center such a special place to recover from the symptoms of PTSD. These exemplary staff members include Master’s level therapists, board-certified psychiatrists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Additionally, we employ a number of professionals who hold specialty certifications in various therapeutic practices that offer a multitude of unique treatment interventions. These professionals include the following:
- Art therapists
- Breathwork practitioners
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- EMDR practitioners
- Equine therapists
- Native American Shamans
- Recreational therapists
- Reiki practitioners
The combination of treatment methods and interventions that can be incorporated into your treatment plan is determined prior to starting your rehab experience at Life Healing Center. However, if certain therapeutic interventions are deemed appropriate during the course of treatment, revisions can be made to your plan so as to provide you with the most effective care and positive treatment experience possible.
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
From the moment you begin treatment at Life Healing Center, the discharge planning process starts. During the course of treatment, we will continually assess your ongoing needs so as to recommend the most appropriate support for when you leave our center. Establishing an aftercare plan is a collaborative effort that occurs between you and your primary therapist. We also offer discharge planning groups during treatment in order to effectively prepare you for discharge. It is our goal to make sure that you leave our treatment center with the confidence and skills needed to prevent the recurrence of problematic symptoms and behaviors, as well as the confidence to continue the progress made while in our care.
If you feel that you or your loved one may be battling PTSD, another mental health condition, an addiction to substances, trauma-related distress, and/or a co-occurring intimacy disorder, and could benefit from our innovative and specialized programming options, give us a call today for more information or to begin the process of admissions. At Life Healing Center, we want to help put you or a loved one back on the path towards a happy, healthy, and productive life.