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PTSD

WHAT WE TREAT

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatising event in their life through being exposed to a severe shock for example being involved in a serious accident, a terrorist act, witnessing or experiencing atrocities in a war or combat zone, being raped or any other serious violent assault to name but some.

After witnessing or experiencing such a serious horrific event, the brain becomes traumatised, which leads to the person who has PTSD. This can develop into intensely disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the sufferer’s experience that can last for long after the traumatic event has ended.

The patient might relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares, they may also experience sadness, fear or anger and they may feel detached or estranged from those around them. People with PTSD might avoid situations, places or people that remind them of the traumatic event and they may have a strong adverse reaction to something as ordinary as an accidental touch or a loud bang.

For more information about PTSD and available treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

What is EMDR therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements.

EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response.

Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.

What are the benefits of EMDR therapy?

People who are dealing with traumatic memories and those who have PTSD are thought to benefit the most from EMDR therapy.

It’s thought to be particularly effective for those who struggle to talk about their past experiences.

Although there is not sufficient research to prove its effectiveness in these areas, EMDR therapy is also being used to treat:

- Depression
- Anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Addictions

PTSD Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding discussing or thinking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding re-visiting the places where the traumatic event occurred
  • Avoiding activities and people that remind the sufferer of the traumatic event
PTSD Avoidance

Intrusive Memories

  • Flashbacks – reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening all over again
  • Upsetting dreams/nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Recurrent memories of the traumatic event, even when the sufferer is trying not to think about the event, it won’t “leave their mind”
  • Experiencing severe emotional distress or physical reactions to things that remind the sufferer of the traumatic event

Changes in Emotional Reactions

  • Overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Always in “defense” mode and expecting danger
  • Irritability
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Self-destructive behavior (e.g., reckless driving, substance abuse)
changes in emotional reaction
ptsd negativity

Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood

  • Feeling negatively about yourself and others
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Memory issues – not being able to recall parts of the traumatic event
  • Feelings of hopelessness for the future
  • Emotional numbness – feeling detached from others
  • Inability to experience positive emotions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required. The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges. Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.

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