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Trauma and PTSD Treatment at The Ranch

The Ranch treats adult survivors of childhood trauma and/or traumatic events in adulthood. We provide trauma treatment as a primary diagnosis at The Ranch TN. We also treat PTSD as a co-occurring disorder at our treatment centers. For many people we treat, traumatic stress has led to substance abuse, depression, anxiety or other issues.

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What Is Trauma and PTSD Treatment Like?

Our inpatient trauma treatment centers provide a safe, accepting environment. You’ll begin addressing unresolved trauma and co-occurring disorders. Our trauma specialists combine traditional therapies, alternative approaches and trauma therapies. Our goal is to help you transform past struggles into future strengths.

Individual therapy – You’ll build a trusting relationship with an individual therapist. In one-on-one counseling sessions, you’ll explore the roots of trauma. Trauma therapists will teach you techniques that can help you feel safe. You’ll work on developing healthy coping skills and building resilience.

Group therapy – Small therapy groups with peers help you feel safe opening up about your struggles. Group therapy is a powerful tool in practicing open and honest relationships. Cognitive behavioral group therapy can be particularly useful in treating trauma.

Trauma therapy – Some of the types of therapies we may use include:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Exposure therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, or cognitive processing therapy

You may need ongoing individual trauma therapy after treatment. This helps you continue processing everyday trauma triggers that can keep you stuck.

Co-occurring disorders treatment – Trauma often contributes to substance abuse. You may be trying to numb emotional pain with drugs and alcohol. Exposure to trauma can also contribute to anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. We’ll create a treatment plan that addresses all these issues.

Aftercare – A continuing care plan will help you keep making progress in trauma recovery. This may include connecting you with support groups and mental health professionals in your community.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is an intense psychological reaction to an event or repeating circumstances. These experiences cause you emotional and sometimes physical suffering. People may experience trauma after:

  • Assault
  • Military combat
  • Natural disaster
  • Rape or sexual assault

Trauma and PTSD can also result from less obvious causes like:

  • Emotional neglect
  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • An enmeshed parent
  • Witnessing another person experience trauma

People with addictions and other mental health issues often have underlying trauma. Destructive behaviors become a way to numb emotional pain from unresolved trauma. PTSD treatment helps you explore trauma in a safe space. You’ll also learn healthier coping skills.

Types of Trauma and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder comes in many forms. Some types of trauma that may need PTSD treatment include:

  • Acute stress disorder – Trauma that lasts from three days to three weeks following an event. People with acute stress disorder are likely to develop chronic PTSD without trauma therapy.
  • Chronic post-traumatic stress disorder – This type of PTSD lasts for at least three months after experiencing trauma.
  • Delayed-onset PTSD – This type of trauma shows up at least six months after a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD often show up earlier than six months in delayed-onset PTSD, but might not be easy to recognize.
  • Complex trauma – Symptoms of complex trauma may surface at any time. They often result from ongoing situations. Some examples are domestic abuse, emotional neglect and attachment issues.

Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders

Studies show that trauma typically occurs before substance abuse and mental health disorders. Drug abuse, eating disorders and other destructive behaviors are often symptoms of trauma. Residential PTSD treatment addresses trauma and co-occurring conditions.

Trauma survivors are likely to have one to three co-occurring mental health issues. Common co-occurring disorders with trauma include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Sex addiction and intimacy disorders
  • Eating disorders

Trauma therapy at The Ranch includes traditional and experiential approaches. These are effective in treating trauma and co-occurring issues.

Signs of Trauma

Signs and symptoms of trauma vary by individual and the type of trauma they’ve experienced. Some common PTSD symptoms include:

  • Anger and irritability – Trauma survivors may experience anger that is disproportionate to the situation. They may also feel irritated and agitated a lot of the time. Mental health professionals attribute this to the hyperarousal that often comes with PTSD.
  • Detachment – Sometimes people with PTSD detach from painful emotions as a coping tactic. This detachment can pour over into all types of emotional experiences. This makes them feel numb and disconnected from others.
  • Depression – Mood disorders are twice as common in people with PTSD than the general population. It’s not unusual for people with PTSD to experience a low mood, poor energy and other depression symptoms.
  • Anxiety – Sometimes people with PTSD have an overactive “fight or flight” response. They’re keyed up a lot of the time — on guard to ward off any real or perceived physical or emotional danger.
  • Nervousness – People with PTSD are often in a state of hyperarousal. This can cause them to startle easily and be on edge a lot of the time.
  • Relationship problems – PTSD and trauma can plague your relationships. The result can be conflict, withdrawal, distrust and intimacy issues.
  • Destructive behaviors – People with PTSD may turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope with uncomfortable emotions.
  • Sleep issues – Insomnia and nightmares are regular occurrences for adult survivors of trauma.
  • Ruminations or “flashbacks” – People with PTSD may replay distressing situations over and over in their minds. They may feel unable to stop these intrusive thoughts no matter how hard they try.
  • Suicidal thoughts – The pain of psychological trauma can feel overwhelming. Death may seem like the only way out. Co-occurring issues like bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and substance abuse can also contribute to suicidal thoughts.

Rebuild Your Life With Effective PTSD Treatment

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