Helix Healing & Recovery: A Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Program
Helix Healing & Recovery is a treatment program that treats adults with primary mental health issues and dual diagnoses in an exclusive, residential setting. We take a collaborative approach with our clients to support them in learning how to manage their mental health and substance abuse issues. Our residential program offers a variety of holistic and empirically-based approaches to address the cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of healing and recovery. Additionally, clients and their therapists may elect to utilize specific treatment modalities with more frequency in order to target specific mental health symptoms, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
More About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that typically occurs in response to a person witnessing or experiencing an event that was life-threatening and involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm.
Traumatic experiences that may lead to the development of PTSD include serious accidents, physical or sexual assault in childhood or adulthood, military combat, a natural disaster that threatened loss of life or physical injury, or terrorist incidents. A person may develop PTSD if they were the person who was harmed directly or secondarily, if he or she witnessed another person being harmed.
It is important to note that not every person who witnesses or experiences trauma will develop PTSD. Not all people who experience a traumatic event develop PTSD. However, those who do develop PTSD symptoms do so in response to getting “stuck” in the “fight-or-flight” response. These individuals fee stressed, scared and experience PTSD symptoms even when the danger has passed or is not present. PTSD typically involves three types of symptoms:
- Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive thoughts/memories, nightmares and flashbacks.
- Avoidance of anything that reminds the person of the trauma—people, places and things, and the experience of emotional “numbness” as a response that serves as a way to avoid the feelings associated with the trauma.
- Hyperarousal and Agitation: being hypervigilant, easily irritated, angry lashing out, increased irritability and feeling “on-edge,” and sleep difficulties.
The symptoms of PTSD can be long-lasting, extreme and lead to loneliness, depression, isolation and substance abuse. As a result, it can result in significant impairment in the person’s daily living.
How Helix Healing & Recovery Treats Clients Recovering From PTSD
Helix Healing & Recovery is modeled after Hanbleceya Treatment Center, which has a rich history of treating PTSD that goes back to 1979. Our first priority is treating the person and we view a client’s mental health and substance abuse issues as a part of the human being who comes to us seeking help and relief from suffering. The philosophy at Helix Healing & Recovery is to view the whole person –the person’s strengths, unique talents, and individual struggles. While many of our treatment modalities are effective for treating an array of “diagnoses,” we believe in the importance of recognizing the unique qualities of each human being and tailor aspects of treatment approaches to address aspects of an individual’s behavior that interfere with his or her ability to live a meaningful and productive life.
Helix Healing and Recovery community offers a safe and loving environment in which clients learn to respond to themselves, to others, and to situations in the world in an authentic and effective way. There is one main goal: to support clients in learning the skills he/she needs to live a happy, healthy, independent life. If you or a loved-one is suffering from PTSD, we are here to help. Your admission starts with a phone call to one of our admissions coordinators, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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