How our therapy can help your recovery
Getting help with post-traumatic stress disorder, or the PTSD of a friend or family member, can seem like a big step. But it doesn’t have to be a frightening prospect.
Our highly-qualified team have years of experience of providing effective therapeutic support to people who have been exposed to traumatic situations and have a fantastic rehabilitation programme in place.
We’ve compiled this guide to help you understand the risks of PTSD, and to show how Parkland Place can support people to overcome PTSD and other related and damaging conditions.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder.
Those who have experienced a traumatic event – typically as a result of military service, a sexual assault, a natural disaster, or an accident – may later develop PTSD. Each case is unique, and in some cases those who only experienced the threat of harm can also be diagnosed with this disorder.
PTSD may be accompanied by flashbacks or other symptoms. It frequently makes the subject feel stressed and afraid after the danger has passed, and keeps them from being able to heal properly after the traumatic event.
How PTSD relates to addiction
Some people try to cope with the symptoms of their PTSD or associated mental health conditions by self-medicating with alcohol or seeking to escape with the use of illegal drugs.
People who started out with problems related to their drug or alcohol use are more likely to experience PTSD following a traumatic event, and are more likely to cope with the issue by further abusing drugs or alcohol afterwards.
Do I have PTSD?
PTSD is a formal medical diagnosis. An individual with PTSD will usually exhibit several of the symptoms below:
- nightmares and sleeping problems
- disturbing and negative thoughts
- avoidance of thoughts, places or things
- angry outbursts
- feelings of tension, or variable mood
- depressions, or a lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- feelings of guilt or blame
Many of these symptoms are also associated with substance abuse, including a loss of interest in fun activities, angry outbursts, sleeping problems, and flashbacks.
Someone who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol in order to cope with PTSD and its effects is also likely to experience problems with addiction. Each condition is likely to worsen and intensify the other, without appropriate treatment.
Risks of PTSD
Many short-term and long-term health problems have been linked to PTSD, some of which include:
- mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and personality disorders
- obesity and other eating disorders
- skin and hair problems like psoriasis, eczema, acne and hair loss
- substance misuse conditions, where people turn to alcohol or drugs to cope
- relationship breakdown
- isolation and low self-esteem – with knock-on effects for your career and prospects
Getting help with PTSD
Effective treatments can help people who have PTSD understand their condition and regain control of their lives.
If you’re concerned that you or someone close to you may have PTSD, a good first step is to visit your GP. They will be able to discuss the services and treatments available.
Rehab for PTSD and addiction
Counselling and therapy can help you overcome mental health conditions like PTSD, traumatic experiences or other circumstances which may be causing you to develop an unbalanced relationship with drink or drugs. This may include self-help groups and talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
You package of treatment may also include formal detoxification, which involves a nurse or doctor supporting you to safely stop using drugs or alcohol; this can be done by helping you slowly cut down over time or by giving you medicines to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
You may be offered medication to help with related symptoms, such as a sleep problem.
Therapeutic programmes like the approach favoured by Parkland Place have proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD and addiction.
Together, we will address both your addiction and any associated underlying social and psychological issues. We will work with you to address all aspects of your life, and to help you to develop a personal toolbox of techniques and resources.
Your treatment at Parkland Place
Parkland Place offers unrivalled therapy for people with experience of alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction and other harmful behavioural conditions – in the comfort of a stunning, 16-bed mansion and gardens near the coast in beautiful North Wales. The house is situated amidst farmland owned by the National Trust, and offers a welcoming and comfortable haven for your journey of recovery.
Our therapeutic programme is tailored to the needs of each of our guests, and is delivered by friendly, expert staff. This truly bespoke approach allows us to address the social and psychological needs underpinning your addiction, and support you as you make key lifestyle changes.
Guests at Parkland Place are required to be, and to remain, abstinent during their stay with us. Many of our guests require structured medical detoxification before beginning their recovery journey. We offer no-fuss access to our own dedicated detox clinic at Salus Withnell Hall – including transfers – to ensure a seamless therapeutic experience.