An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. Around 20 percent of these adults have developed posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as a direct result. Historically, PTSD has been associated with military combat and soldiers returning from war. However, it’s important to know that this disorder can impact anyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, or even industry trade. Given that a large number of Colorado residents experience the frightening realities of living with PTSD, it’s imperative that treatment programs are made accessible. Additionally, it’s vital to note that PTSD has proven to have a strong correlation with substance abuse and even suicide — two growing epidemics that demand our attention.
AspenRidge Recovery offers PTSD treatment programs to help individuals manage traumatic events and symptoms that occur as a direct result of PTSD. Our certified and experienced clinicians and psychologists provide support services that are tailored to individual needs. Our three locations can effectively address the multitude of issues that coincide with PTSD. We utilize evidence-based treatment modalities to help our clients overcome posttraumatic stress disorder. Contact us today at 855.281.5588 to speak with one of our admission staff members.
What is PTSD?
Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is more broadly categorized as an anxiety disorder that stems from a life-threatening event or psychological trauma. PTSD can manifest as nightmares, intense flashbacks or memories of certain events, feelings and actions of anger, and inability to fall or stay asleep. Sufferers of PTSD often avoid situations that trigger remembrances of these traumatic experiences.
Studies indicate that PTSD is more likely to develop in individuals who have experienced trauma that was extreme, long-lasting, or repeated over time. As a serious mental health condition, PTSD can be extremely debilitating for individuals who suffer from it.
What happens neurologically?
Many are familiar with the “fight or flight” reaction that our bodies undergo during a highly stressful or highly dangerous event. Neurologically, your brain fires off high doses of stress hormones, like adrenaline or norepinephrine, to give the burst of energy needed to react to and survive the event. Simultaneously, your brain shuts down normal tasks, like short-term memory, and deems it “unnecessary.”
With PTSD, individuals are reliving this pattern of “fight or flight” regardless of the surroundings and circumstances. In fact, even when there is no longer danger, those with PTSD are unable to disable from this reactive state of mind. Over time, psychologists have noted that PTSD changes your brain. The area that controls memory, for example, becomes smaller. This is why it’s extremely important to seek PTSD treatment early.
Colorado PTSD Treatment Program
AspenRidge facilities and treatment options are recognized for their excellence throughout the state. Our medically integrated evidence-based model aims to treat the physical, mental, and emotional needs of our clients suffering from mental disorders like PTSD.
Since addiction issues are often part of PTSD symptoms, we offer dual-diagnosis treatment where the need is indicated.
Circumstances vary for PTSD patients. Our three locations offer treatment settings that recognize that each client’s needs and life circumstances are different. Those wishing treatment for PTSD for themselves or a loved one may be interested to know that we take different approaches for each client. Since traumatic events are vastly different and can impact individuals in different ways, it’s important that our certified therapists can identify the underlying causes of PTSD. In general, though, we offer assistance with trauma therapy such as:
- Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy)
- Cognitive process therapy
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Inner Child Therapy
- Family systems therapy
During your first meeting with the staff at AspenRidge Recovery, we can utilize that time to become acquainted with your past, family history, and immediate needs. We can also provide information regarding our treatment options and programs. Together, you, your family, and your therapist will decide which PTSD treatment will work best for you.
At AspenRidge, our staff members offer caring, compassionate, experienced PTSD treatment in Colorado from initial needs assessment to follow-up program care.
Our state-of-the-art treatment and rehab center is recognized throughout Colorado for providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment, as well as integrating holistic approaches to address posttraumatic stress disorder.
At AspenRidge Recovery Centers, our extended care approach ensures that those who suffer from PTSD get the comprehensive treatment they need. Our trained counselors help with immediate physical needs including addiction while also addressing the root causes of PTSD in a program that is both extensive and affordable. Most often PTSD patients have co-occurring disorders that include physical and mental health issues.
Whether you decide on our ninety-day residential program or one of our evening outpatient programs, you will receive the same quality care that allows you to return to your family and work life.
Give us a call any time 24/7 to talk to a counselor or to arrange a visit to tour our outstanding family-focused facilities at Lakewood, Fort Collins, or Lone Tree, Colorado. Call 855) 306-3110 to talk to a counselor or to arrange a free consultation.
How Is PTSD Diagnosed?
PTSD diagnosis is confirmed by a medical professional, like a medical doctor who is experienced in mental illnesses, such as: a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a trained and certified therapist. If you think you are suffering from PTSD symptoms, you can set up an appointment at AspenRidge for a free consultation.
How Do You Know that You or a Loved One Might be Suffering from PTSD?
There are several signs which may indicate you or a loved one may be suffering from PTSD. Symptoms may cause major problems with family, friends, colleagues, community, and/or social relationships. PTSD can render those who suffer from this condition unable to perform daily life tasks.
There are four types of PTSD symptoms:
- Intrusive memories
- Negative changes in thinking and mood
- Changes in physical and/or emotional reactions.
Moreover, PTSD symptoms vary from person to person. They may also change over time for an individual who suffers from PTSD.
- Do you have recurrent, distressing memories of the traumatic event?
- Do you have flashbacks in which you relive the traumatic event?
- Do you have nightmares about the traumatic event?
- Do you experience severe emotional distress and/or physical reactions when something reminds you of the traumatic event?
- Do you attempt to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event?
- Do you avoid places, activities, and/or people that remind you of the traumatic event?
Negative Mood or Thought Changes
- Do you have negative thoughts about yourself, other people, and/or the world?
- Do you feel hopeless about your future?
- Do you experience memory problems like not remembering important parts of the traumatic event?
- Do you have difficulty maintaining close relationships?
- Do you feel detached from family, friends, co-workers, and/or neighbors
- Do you find it difficult to be interested in activities you used to enjoy?
- Is it hard for you to be optimistic about things?
- Are you emotionally numb to issues, people, and/or events?
Changes in physical and emotional reactions
- Are you easily startled or frightened by noises, smells, or people?
- Do you feel constantly on high alert?
- Do you engage in self-destructive behaviors like drinking too much or driving too fast?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
- Is it hard to concentrate?
- Are you prone to angry outbursts, aggressive behavior, and/or irritability?
- Do you feel overwhelmed by guilt or shame?
PTSD and Co-Occurring Addiction Disease
When individuals experience life-altering, traumatic events that impact them physically, psychologically, or emotionally and are not treated, they may find other methods for coping. This typically involves substances that are dangerous, especially when used frequently, long-term, and in high dosages. The link between addiction and trauma is very distinct and is indicative of a strong correlation. Using substances as coping mechanisms may work in the short-term but they often lead to major complications in the long-run.
For these reasons, AspenRidge has developed Colorado PTSD treatment programs by taking a dual-diagnosis approach. The complexity of life experiences and its impact on our circumstances is not something to be taken lightly. We continually work to understand the intricacies of treating addictions and the underlying issues that cause them. PTSD is a common occurrence for many who suffer from substance abuse.
When to Seek Help
- Do you feel out of control?
- Have you had disturbing thoughts or feelings about the traumatic event for at least a month?
- Are you having trouble getting your life back?
- Are you having self-destructive thoughts?
If so, it’s time to seek treatment. Give us a call at AspenRidge any time—day or night—at (866) 850-7550 to talk to a counselor or to arrange a free consultation. We’ll provide immediate emergency assistance.
PTSD Treatment Service in Colorado
It is estimated that between three and four percent of those who reside in Colorado suffer from PTSD. If you’ve witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, it is not unusual to suffer from PTSD. Symptoms don’t always develop right after events like experiencing war, a natural disaster, a car crash, a physical assault, or a shooting.
Some symptoms may arise months or years later. Colorado facilities like AspenRidge are ready to help you deal with both the physical and emotional aspects of PTSD.
Getting the right diagnosis is the first step in seeking PTSD therapy.
At AspenRidge, we utilize the newest technology to identify PTSD. Our therapy team composed of medical doctors, psychologists, certified therapists, and counselors will work with you to accurately diagnose PTSD and related conditions to devise a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD, give us a call anytime 24/7 at (866) 850-7550 to talk to a counselor, to arrange a free consultation, or to receive more information about our family-focused facilities in: