Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD, is a disorder that can occur after a person experiences a traumatic event, or a series of traumatic events, and suffers from debilitating symptoms as a result. When individuals have PTSD, they experience things such as intense nightmares, intrusive memories, and vivid flashbacks that can be so powerful that these people feel as though they are actually experiencing the trauma over and over again. These devastating symptoms can cause people to isolate themselves and avoid certain people, places, or situations that elicit reminders of the trauma. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder can also cause a decline in one’s physical health as he or she may being experiencing negative physiological symptoms that can lead to the weakening of his or her immune system. Suffering from PTSD can leave individuals feeling helpless to get rid of their emotional turmoil and hopeless about the future. Yet, while the effects of PTSD can be far-reaching, with proper treatment, people can overcome their symptoms and move forward towards living the happy, healthy life they deserve to live.
StoneCrest Center is a 124-bed acute psychiatric inpatient treatment center for adolescents, adults, and senior adults who are in need of specialized behavioral healthcare services. With a vision to remain an ever-improving care center, we strive to redefine the way that mental health treatment is delivered. By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities. If you are struggling with the devastating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, the staff at StoneCrest wants to help you heal and move forward towards living the happy, healthy life you deserve to live.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a friend or family member who is faced with the trials of living with PTSD can be heart-breaking. You may have watched as so many aspects of your loved one’s personality have begun to change as he or she deals with the pain associated with the trauma he or she experienced. You want to support your loved one, but you may feel helpless as to what you can do for him or her. Here are a few tips of ways that you can best be of support to your loved one:
- Educate yourself about post-traumatic stress disorder. Knowing that your loved one experienced a traumatic event can be difficult, but learning about the symptoms of the illness can help you better empathize with him or her.
- Research possible treatment options that may best fit your loved one’s needs. In many cases, the symptoms of PTSD can be hard to overcome without professional help. Providing your loved one with ideas of ways in which they can receive treatment will show him or her that you not only care about what he or she is going through, but that you want to do everything you can to offer support.
- Offer to go with your loved one to any appointments that are made as treatment options are further explored.
- Be there for your loved one. Refrain from asking questions or trying to get him or her to talk to you about what he or she experienced, but remain a steady presence that he or she knows will be there when comfort or support is needed.
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest Center
The role that the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can play in the lives of those suffering from the condition can be demoralizing. Many individuals may find that their ability to perform adequately at work or school is slowly declining. Others may find that they have begun to isolate themselves so much that they are causing disturbances in their relationships with family and friends. Others still may discover that they have started to use drugs and/or alcohol as a means of numbing the pain that they face on a daily basis as the reminder of the trauma or traumas that they experienced becomes increasingly overwhelming. Some people may even become so forlorn that they feel that there will never be an end to their pain, so they begin contemplating suicide. But the effects of PTSD do not have to be a never-ending battle. There is help available.
Inpatient treatment programs are known to be an extremely successful way for those who face daily life with the all-consuming symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder to receive the treatment they need. When individuals enter into an inpatient treatment program, they are able to step away from the routines of their daily lives that may act as reminders of the trauma they experienced. In this safe environment, they have the support of mental health professionals 24/7 who can help them work through any turmoil that they experience as flashbacks and memories arise. Through a variety of therapeutic interventions and the support of other individuals who may be facing similar challenges, people with PTSD can learn how to cope with their emotions and overcome their symptoms so that can regain control of their futures.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest Center, we strive to set ourselves apart from other mental health treatment centers by offering superior individualized care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We believe that our values are what truly make us stand out. We treat each other like family and we empathize with and support the families who have a loved one who is struggling with mental illness. We diligently work at maintaining our position as a leader in creating distinct, effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, through the application of technology, and, most importantly, through the extension of services from our hospital to the home. At StoneCrest, we remain steadfast in preventing, supporting, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions, providing patients with a safe place to turn in their time of need.
Types of Treatment Offered at StoneCrest Center
The fully trained and qualified staff at StoneCrest uses a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, coordinating care amongst our in-house psychiatrists, nurses, socials workers, and activity therapists. By implementing a case management model that focuses on person-centered planning, each patient works with a therapist who serves as the patient’s coordinator and advocate during his or her stay. These therapists guide patients through the treatment process while establishing a therapeutic relationship as they help them work towards achieving their identified treatment goals. Our treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient as a whole in order to ensure that all needs are being addressed and coordinated while in our care. Some of the treatment methods used in our programs may include:
Medication management: The implementation of certain medications may be used in the treatment of self-harming behaviors if the behavior itself is symptomatic of a mental health disorder. All patients meet with a psychiatrist daily and see a doctor regularly in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Group therapy plays a major role in the treatment process here at StoneCrest. Multiple groups are held on a daily basis and cover topics such as social skills, goal-setting, support systems, anger management, and educational meetings.
Family therapy: At StoneCrest, we believe that family involvement is crucial in helping our patients be successful in the treatment process. In addition to ensuring that family members are an active part of the therapeutic process, we also educate our patients’ families in order to help them understand what their loved ones are experiencing and discover ways that will help them cope with emotional difficulties that may arise in the future.
Depending on the specific needs of each patient, additional methods of treatment may be used, including:
- Individual therapy
- Expressive arts
- Sensory room interventions
- Therapeutic recreation
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When patients have completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest, they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. Our social workers will coordinate appropriate aftercare support, ensure placement or housing when necessary, and schedule any pertinent follow-up appointments with community agencies.