Trauma can occur in many forms and at any time in one’s life. It’s sometimes the result of a specific situation, such as a natural disaster, fire, or car accident. It can also arise as a result of ongoing physical and emotional abandonment, especially by people who are important to us. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Whether an individual experienced it firsthand or witnessed it happening, flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event can occur. When one struggles with PTSD, it’s often difficult to recover, as triggers and flashbacks can occur, bringing to the forefront memories accompanied by intense physical and emotional reactions.
Trauma and PTSD are often tied together. Defining Wellness Centers team works to meet the needs of each client, providing a safe place where they can begin to open up and address the crushing weight constantly trying to drag them down. Being trapped inside your fears, triggered by sounds, sights, and smells, is no way to live your life. We get it – using substances can help to silence things for a little while, or may allow for an escape. Long-term, however, all using drugs or alcohol does is add to the problem. By constantly numbing oneself and never allowing any emotion to resonate, you don’t have to deal with the bad but you also miss out on all the good. We don’t want that kind of life for anyone and we’ll spend time with you to create a plan and provide an environment in which you can embrace safety, physically and emotionally, to treat your PTSD and Trauma.
There are many types of trauma that can create distress in your life. Whether it’s abandonment, neglect, medical issues, sexual abuse, sexual assault, the death of a loved one, military experiences, or a natural disaster, it takes time to heal these issues through therapeutic intervention. If you lose a loved one, you don’t just ‘get over it.’ It takes time to process your grief and find balance as you move forward. When you don’t process these feelings, trauma, and post-traumatic stress can manifest in a variety of self-destructive ways. Self-harm, addiction, unhealthy relationships with food, and trying to find comfort in negative relationships are not uncommon.
No two individuals react to traumatic events in the same way, and there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to heal. It is important, though, that you do begin to heal. It’s easy to get lost in the pain you’re struggling with and give in to the negative thoughts, falling into a depressive state. In this scenario, you may feel as though no one understands what you’re going through, and you’re probably incredibly lonely. Family members and loved ones want to help, but they don’t know how and feel helpless themselves. This is where professional treatment helps. Our team is here for you and will aid you, providing coping mechanisms and tools to combat your trauma and PTSD therapeutically. It’s a scary proposition and you may see no end in sight, but we do. Roadmaps to wellness are our specialty, and we’re dedicated to helping you reach your destination.
First responders and military personnel are burdened with a tremendous amount of trauma and PTSD, often on a daily basis. Taught to be strong and stoic in the face of insurmountable odds, carrying the weight of that responsibility around 24/7 can become exhausting. This can become debilitating and turn a career you once loved into something you dread doing each day. Some days and some calls hit harder than others for a variety of reasons, and you don’t have to try to cope with this silent and alone.
Being the healthiest you allows you to serve in your role to the best of your ability, and by sacrificing your own health you put yourself and everyone around you at risk. We offer both inpatient and outpatient options to help you heal from trauma and PTSD. The idea of leaving your day ‘at the office’ and repressing the negative thoughts is a nice one, but the reality is often more complicated. Thoughts can creep in when you least expect them, or a smell can take you back to a particularly traumatizing moment. We understand and are equipped to help you develop the necessary tools to move forward. Those who serve, whether military or first responders, often consider it a calling. Helping people heal is our calling, and we’re here for you so that you can continue to define and fulfill your purpose.
Trauma can overrun your life before you even realize it’s an issue. Impacting you with depressive thoughts, keeping you from engaging in activities you once loved, experiencing a lack of motivation, and not feeling happiness is mentally and emotionally exhausting. Maybe you’ve tried therapy before and found it unsuccessful, leading to hesitance in attempting treatment. We understand this and first and foremost your physical and emotional safety is our top priority. We work to meet your needs so that you have a place where you can unpack all of this baggage and determine what stays and what goes. We then help you develop a plan to tackle how to begin the process of letting go.
It can be tough to give up something you carried with you for a long time, regardless of the negative effects. Utilizing evidence-based PTSD interventions, such as cognitive and experiential therapies, we’ll help you through this. Our Biotechnology Wellness Lab helps in decreasing your anxiety and allowing your brain to be more receptive to healing. Throughout treatment, we’ll also focus on your addiction and any other negative coping mechanisms you’ve been using, helping you to replace these with positive coping tools.
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