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 post-traumatic 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 post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related conditions. We also recognize the turmoil that ensues when these individuals are battling other mental health concerns, chemical dependency problems, and/or intimacy disorders at the same time as they are attempting to cope with the symptoms of PTSD. For this reason, we have devised specialized programming 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 treatment 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 post-traumatic stress disorder remain unaddressed and the individuals suffering from this condition are denied the ability to receive treatment, 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 treatment for the symptoms they experience as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
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 post-traumatic 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 treatment 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 treatment 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 treatment, seek out ways in which you can be a part of the therapeutic 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 treatment.
- 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, including the presence of PTSD, other mental health conditions, addictions to drugs and/or alcohol, and 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 conundrums 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 patients can leave our center with improved overall wellness.
When a person begins treatment at Life Healing Center, that individual will be embarking on a truly life-changing experience that is tailored to meet his or her specific and unique needs. Our thorough assessments will gather pertinent information, identify the most pressing concerns plaguing our patients, and reveal underlying contributors that have led to 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 the patient is assigned to one of our Core Programs. The Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Program for trauma treatment, and our Hope Program for the treatment of chemical dependency concerns. When patients come to us battling the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, they will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Empowerment Program, during which they will have the opportunity to participate in the following:
Detoxification services: In the event a person comes to our center wishing to overcome an addiction to substances in addition to struggling with symptoms of PTSD, detox may be necessary before he or she engages in our residential programming. These services involve ridding the body of the toxic substances that have contributed to an addiction so that patients can then embark on therapeutic interventions and work on recovery and sobriety. Medical professionals supervise these services so as to minimize the risk involved, and every effort is put forth to make patients 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 PTSD, that causes severe symptoms that cannot be treated via therapies alone, certain medications may be recommended as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Our highly trained psychiatrist evaluates patients who may be in need of medication, can prescribe medication, and will then monitor the progress of each patient should medication management become a part of his or her care while at Life Healing Center. Medications prescribed, as well as dosages given, can be altered depending on the patient’s 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 our patients the one-to-one time they need to process their past and current experiences while at our center, each patient receives the opportunity to partake in individual therapy sessions with his or her primary therapist. These sessions can be a time to establish individual goals, process setbacks, celebrate victories, and work on skill building within the sanctity of a one-on-one therapeutic relationship.
Group therapy: An integral part of the care offered at Life Healing Center is the inclusion of group therapy. This treatment method allows patients to receive support and learn from others who are facing similar struggles. The following topics are among those covered in the groups offered at our center:
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Emotion regulation
- Conflict resolution
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Preparing for discharge
Family therapy: Available on an as-needed basis, family therapy sessions are designed to heal the relationships that exist between our patients and those closest to them. The patient’s assigned primary therapist conducts family sessions and 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 our patients and their loved ones well for a lifetime. While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of successful recovery, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not family therapy sessions will be an appropriate part of each patient’s individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, permission of the patient to have his or her family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in the patient’s treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and a patient’s therapist will ensure that the patient’s well-being is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Experiential therapy: Designed to increase our patient’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 programs feature:
- Group art therapy
- Movement therapy
- Group equine therapy
Ancillary therapies: Led by contracted ancillary therapists, our residential programming options feature the following, of which have proven effectiveness in helping to further patients along in their healing process:
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
Throughout their time spent in the Empowerment Program here at Life Healing Center, patients are supported as they create a foundation of recovery through resolving their traumas which, in turn, helps them shift from a paradigm of helplessness, hopelessness, and victim identification to, instead, embodying their authentic-self.
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
From the moment a person begins treatment at Life Healing Center, the discharge planning process begins. During the course of treatment, we assess our patients’ ongoing needs so as to be able to recommend the most appropriate types of support for when patients leave our center. Establishing an aftercare plan is a collaborative effort that occurs between a patient’s primary therapist and the patient, and we supply discharge planning groups during treatment in order to effectively prepare clients for discharge. It is our goal to make sure that our patients leave Life Healing 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 is battling post-traumatic stress disorder, another mental health condition, an addiction to substances, and/or an 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.