In recognition of June as PTSD Awareness Month, The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, is offering discounted in-patient services through June 30, 2012.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often is associated with soldiers or police officers involved in life-threatening situations, but the disorder can be triggered by any overwhelming experience. Chances for developing it are greatest if the incident is extreme, long-lasting, or repeated over time.
Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D., a Meadows' Senior Fellow and a Senior Psychologist for the Northern California Veterans Health Care System, recently visited The Meadows Wickenburg campus to conduct a PTSD workshop for patients. According to Dr. Boriskin, PTSD never fully goes away but there are many tools to learn to live with it "and once you understand how it operates, the mystification and its almost demonic power can be tamed."
Dr. Boriskin, who has been at the forefront of the treatment of PTSD, addiction, and co-occurring disorders for more than 30 years, explained that in order to heal from PTSD, the individual needs to deal with the three S's - sleep, safety, and sobriety. What is needed, he said, is an environment that contains the addictive disorder while at the same time begins work on the post-traumatic stress disorder. He said that some systems, such as private sector, outpatient, residential, VA and non-VA, treat PTSD in a bifurcated process, which can delay healing.
"What is unique about The Meadows" program is the intent to do both at the same time; emphasizing first the sobriety and the detox, working on a recovery model that fits the individual's needs, yet at the same time beginning to look at what PTSD is about," said Dr. Boriskin. "That is an invaluable duality and simultaneity that permits more rapid progress."
To learn more about how The Meadows can help you or your loved one with PTSD or to take advantage of our limited time inpatient discount offer, contact an intake coordinator at (866) 856-1279 or visit http://www.themeadows.com.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.