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Trauma & PTSD Treatment
Learn more about trauma treatment at Riverwoods Behavioral Health System near Atlanta, GA
Post-traumatic stress disorder can feel exhausting, overwhelming, and impossible to overcome. This disorder affects your ability to feel, to think clearly, to make decisions, to sleep, to eat, and to function in general. At our treatment facility near Atlanta, Georgia, we understand PTSD and we’re ready to help you find the strengths deep inside you so that you can learn to live a life without the chains of PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by the development of certain symptoms following exposure to traumatic events. These traumatic events can be the result of a terrifying, life-threatening, or otherwise unsafe traumatic event. The event may involve the death of a loved one, the threat of death of oneself or others, a sexual or physical assault, an accident, war, or natural disaster. PTSD is a long-lasting consequence of a disturbing occasion.
Many people who experience the same traumatic event have very common emotional reactions such as guilt, nervousness, fear, guilt, anger, and shock. These emotions will dissipate over time in most cases, but for someone who has PTSD, these feelings are experienced in a prolonged and heightened manner.
At our facility, we understand that people who develop PTSD are simply individuals who have gone through an event so traumatic that it completely overwhelms their ability to cope. Plenty of individuals who have not been in the military develop PTSD – it is not a character flaw, weakness, or something to be ashamed of. You are simply a normal person reacting to a highly abnormal situation.
As the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can impact everything from your ability to properly function at work or at school to your interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek prompt and inclusive treatment. At our facility near Atlanta, Georgia, we rely on proven methods of treatment to help you overcome the clutches of PTSD, help you learn ways to cope with the symptoms and begin to heal from your trauma.
Why Consider Treatment
Why consider treatment for trauma at Riverwoods Behavioral Health System near Atlanta, GA
Treatment in a hospital setting has been shown to be a highly effective way to treat PTSD. Our inpatient program has been created specifically with you in mind. With a team of experienced professionals including physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, licensed clinicians, and supportive staff at your side, we’re ready to tackle your PTSD and guide you on your way to recovery. Our treatment facility for trauma and PTSD is near Atlanta, in Riverdale, Georgia.
The methods we use to treat PTSD at our hospital have been empirically validated and scientifically established as the best types of treatments out there. Our caring and compassionate staff will make sure that you always have someone to turn to when you’re facing your biggest fears and learning to conquer them.
We understand that a disorder like PTSD is a complicated condition, which is why we focus so much of our time and attention getting to know you, understanding your problems, and any co-occurring mental illnesses. This allows us to focus your treatment on every facet of your life. We want to do right by you. We want help you live a happy life and allow you to break free from PTSD.
Riverwoods Behavioral Health System philosophy and treatment benefits
At our hospital near Atlanta, Georgia, we make sure the treatments you receive are the most up-to-date and effective treatments available for your PTSD. We know that you’re more than just PTSD and we’re ready to uncover the challenges you face and help you prevail over the problems it has caused you.
Our PTSD treatment plan is centered on you. Together with your treatment team, you will create an appropriate plan of care. We know that you’re a part of a family system so we will do what we can to incorporate your family members and loved ones into your treatment. We focus on treating the whole person, rather than the just your symptoms.
Types of Treatment
Types of PTSD treatment offered at Riverwoods Behavioral Health System near Atlanta, GA
The best form of PTSD treatment at hospital involves a multi-disciplinary team that works with you throughout the entire process. We’ve found that the best types of healing involve medication management as well as inpatient therapies.
Medication therapy may be used as a part of your treatment plan. Some people only require medication for a short period of time to help manage symptoms as you learn better and more effective coping strategies. Other men and women may benefit from longer periods of medication usage in order to treat any co-occurring disorders or as a means to control unrelenting symptoms. You will work with your treatment team to determine if and how the medication will be used in your care.
In addition to medications, our facility is proud to offer a number of types of therapy to help you fight PTSD. These therapies may include individual therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapies, strengths-based counseling, group therapy, and family therapy sessions.
Individual therapy will seek to explore issues surrounding the trauma you have experienced as well as ways of coping with the aftereffects of that event. You will work on appropriate strategies for coping with unpleasant symptoms as well as how to handle any triggers that are caused by certain situations or events. You will work one-on-one with your therapist to best learn about and manage your PTSD.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that looks to address the way you view the world. People who suffer from PTSD often see the world as a very bleak place, so their thoughts may lean toward being negative and non-constructive. In CBT, you work toward identifying these negative thought patterns (“the world is a bleak place without hope”) in order to change them into more positive ways of thinking (“the world may feel bleak, but I know that there is hope”). In turn, you will learn to refocus negative thoughts and feelings into more productive ways of thinking and behaving.
Strengths-based counseling is a form of counseling that allows a therapist to help you uncover the strengths that you already have within you and use them in your healing process. Through uncovering your strengths and abilities, you will learn that you do have the power to change your life and that no problem is without a solution.
Group therapy is another beneficial form of therapy for PTSD. We believe that working through the challenges of PTSD with others facing similar problems can be a very beneficial way to begin to heal. Process-based group therapy is used to allow you to make these connections with others as well as work to learn more and better coping skills, how to handle triggers, and managing the symptoms of PTSD. Psychoeducational groups are aimed at teaching you about the symptoms of PTSD, medications you may use, and other co-occurring disorders.
At ourPTSD treatment facility, we know that you’re a part of a family unit and we firmly believe that including your loved ones in your recovery is important for all involved. Family therapy sessions will be used to educate your loved ones about PTSD, trauma, and the treatment you are undergoing. These sessions may also be used to discuss the ways in which PTSD has affected your family as well as ways in which your loved ones can help you heal. In addition, we can assist your family members in locating community resources so that they may continue to process their own feelings.
As we’ve learned, the best forms of therapy involve treating the whole person rather than the disorder. To that end, we use a number of experiential treatments to best allow you to manage your PTSD. These experiential methods include:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational programs
- Nutritional and wellness counseling
- N.A. and A.A.
Continuing care and levels of treatment for PTSD
At our hospital near Atlanta, Georgia, we’re concerned with making sure that you continue your treatment after you’ve left our doors. That’s why you’ll work with your treatment team to develop a plan of care for after you’ve left our hospital. Certain people find that they still desire the structure of a hospital setting, so they opt to join a residential facility. Others may feel they’d like to try our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or a Partial Hospital Program (PHP) to allow for their continued recovery. These treatment options vary in the hours each day and days per week they meet. Other men and women will choose to discharge to home. If you are discharging to home, we will work with local providers to find an appropriate provider as well as connect you with available community resources to ensure your continued success and seamless transition from one facility to the next.
Whatever the cause is, you don’t have to live with PTSD forever. There is hope and Riverwoods is ready to help you see the light.
If you or someone you love is struggling with PTSD, please call our facility near Atlanta, Georgia for a confidential consultation from a trained professional. We will work with you to determine what will happen next.