Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that occurs in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental well-being, leading to emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and difficulty maintaining relationships. A PTSD treatment program at a dual diagnosis center can help manage symptoms and triggers while helping you overcome addiction.
Northpoint Omaha offers mental health therapies for people living with PTSD and addiction at our outpatient treatment center. With a holistic approach to evidence-based treatment, our experienced mental health professionals create individualized treatment plans to address your unique needs. Learn more about our PTSD treatment program by calling 402.685.9404.
What Causes PTSD?
Common causes of PTSD include:
- Exposure to combat or war zones
- Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault or physical abuse
- Serious accidents, such as car crashes or industrial accidents
- Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or tsunamis
- Acts of terrorism
The effects of PTSD can be debilitating and may include intrusive thoughts or memories of the traumatic event, nightmares and sleep disturbances, emotional numbness and avoidance of reminders of the trauma, hyperarousal, such as being easily startled or feeling constantly on edge, and negative changes in mood, including feelings of guilt, shame, or hopelessness.
The Relationship Between PTSD and Addiction
There is a strong connection between PTSD and addiction, as many individuals with PTSD turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their symptoms. This self-medication can lead to a dangerous cycle of substance abuse and dependency, worsening the individual’s mental health and complicating treatment efforts.
A dual diagnosis PTSD treatment program is crucial for individuals struggling with both conditions, as it addresses the underlying causes and provides comprehensive care to promote lasting recovery.
Our Dual Diagnosis PTSD Treatment Program
Dual diagnosis treatment is an integrated approach to treating individuals with co-occurring PTSD and addiction. This form of treatment recognizes the interconnected nature of these conditions and aims to treat both simultaneously. By addressing the root causes of PTSD and providing support for addiction recovery, dual diagnosis treatment offers a holistic approach to healing and improved mental well-being.
During dual diagnosis treatment, individuals can expect to:
- Receive a comprehensive assessment to identify the specific needs and challenges associated with PTSD and addiction
- Participate in individual and group therapy sessions to address trauma-related issues and develop healthy coping strategies
- Engage in complementary therapies, such as art or movement therapy, to promote emotional expression and healing
As a person continues dual diagnosis treatment, they can expect to gain insight into their condition and learn how to cope with symptoms of PTSD and triggers for substance abuse.
Evidence-Based Therapies Used at Our PTSD Treatment Center
Several evidence-based therapies have been proven effective in treating individuals with PTSD and addiction. These therapies may be used in combination with one another as part of a comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment plan. Some of the most common evidence-based therapies include:
- Family therapy – Involves working with the individual’s family members to promote understanding, support, and communication. This therapy can help address the impact of PTSD and addiction on the entire family system.
- Process groups – Led by a trained therapist, process groups allow individuals to share their experiences and emotions related to PTSD and addiction in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Group members can gain valuable insights and learn from one another’s experiences.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – A widely-used therapy that helps individuals identify and change unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors related to PTSD and addiction. CBT can help individuals develop new coping strategies and build resilience against future stressors.
- Aftercare services – Ongoing support is essential for maintaining long-term recovery from PTSD and addiction. Aftercare services may include peer support groups, individual therapy, and case management to help individuals navigate the challenges of life after treatment.
By incorporating evidence-based therapies and providing ongoing support, Northpoint Omaha individuals achieve lasting recovery and improved mental well-being.
Get Started at Northpoint Omaha
If you or a loved one are struggling with PTSD and addiction, help is available. Northpoint Omaha offers comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment in a safe, supportive environment. Our experienced team of mental health professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality care. Get started today by calling 402.685.9404 or contacting us online.