Addiction is a complex disease, often triggered by physical, emotional, and psychological issues. One issue that can lead to addiction is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that can arise after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. PTSD causes intense and persistent symptoms that can last for months and even years, including intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and hyper-arousal.
Many individuals struggling with addiction are also living with co-occurring PTSD. Without addressing PTSD as part of the addiction treatment program, recovery can be compromised. The PTSD treatment program at Perennial Recovery supports people living with addiction and a history of trauma. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients realize the hope they can have for the future as they leave drugs and alcohol behind. Learn more about our mental health treatment programs and other services we offer by calling 888.891.0979.
Causes and Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD can be caused by a wide variety of traumatic events, such as:
- Experiencing or witnessing violence
- Natural disasters
- Sexual assault
Individuals who have served in the military or experienced combat may also develop PTSD.
The symptoms of PTSD can be intense and can interfere with an individual’s ability to function in their daily life. Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include flashback episodes, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and increased anxiety.
The Connection Between Trauma and Addiction
Trauma is a significant risk factor for substance abuse, and it can also lead to addiction. Studies show that exposure to traumatic events can have long-lasting impacts on the brain. Trauma can affect brain function, alter reward pathways, and increase the desire for substance use.
Unfortunately, people living with addiction are more likely to be exposed to traumatic events than those who are not. The relationship between trauma and addiction is a vicious cycle, with substance use exacerbating the symptoms of PTSD and vice versa.
A PTSD treatment program can help individuals understand the connection between trauma and addiction while also providing much-needed support to cope with the symptoms of PTSD. Treatment can help break the cycle and allow people to live a life free from addiction.
Our Co-Occurring PTSD Treatment Program in Massachusetts
At Perennial Recovery, we recognize the importance of treating co-occurring PTSD and addiction. Our co-occurring PTSD treatment program focuses on providing comprehensive care for individuals struggling with addiction and PTSD. We offer three levels of care to meet the unique needs of each client:
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Our intensive outpatient program is ideal for clients who require frequent therapy sessions. The IOP requires participation in group and individual counseling several times a week. Patients will receive individual therapy, family therapy, and psycho-educational groups to help them develop coping mechanisms and address the underlying issues associated with their addiction.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Our partial hospitalization program requires more intensive treatment than the IOP. Clients attend programming for several hours each day, five days per week. Clients are encouraged to participate in a range of treatment modalities such as individual therapy, group sessions, and family therapy.
Outpatient Program (OP)
Our outpatient program provides a less intensive treatment option for individuals who need more flexibility in their care. In this program, clients will participate in individual therapy, family therapy, and peer support groups. The OP is ideal for individuals who have completed a higher level of care in our program or elsewhere.
Co-Occurring PTSD Treatment in Westborough, MA at Perennial Recovery
Addressing co-occurring disorders is essential for successful addiction recovery. Our co-occurring PTSD treatment program is designed to help individuals address substance abuse and underlying mental health conditions such as PTSD. By providing individualized treatment and support, we help individuals lead productive and fulfilling lives in recovery. Contact us at 888.891.0979 for more information.