Trauma & PTSD
Exposure to traumatic life experiences, especially those occurring in childhood, has been linked to substance use disorders, including abuse and dependence. Early trauma exposure is well known to significantly increase the risk for a number of psychiatric disorders in adulthood. SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) statistics say that about 8.9 million adults have what’s called a dual diagnosis or a “co-occurring disorder,” which means they have both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder.
Unfortunately, a co-occurring disorder is one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Not only do many people not know which came first, but also many do not seek treatment for either the trauma or the addiction. Treating substance abuse without treating the co-occurring disorder can lead to higher rates of relapse.
Our Co-occurring program focuses on treating both trauma or PTSD and drug addiction through effective behavioral therapies and medications—aimed at long-term mental health and sobriety. We are one of the only drug rehab centers in South Florida with full-time licensed professionals formally trained to effectively treat individuals suffering from both a co-occurring disorder and substance use disorder.
We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.