Coping with the aftereffects of a traumatic experience can leave you struggling, gasping for breath as you try your hardest to cope with the emotions you’re unable to handle. You may be unable to relax, feeling as though danger is lurking around every corner, ready to lash out at you. It may be hard to connect to other people, you may be numbed to emotions and disconnected from others who can’t possibly relate to what you’ve gone through.
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of exposure to extremely stressful events that decimate your sense of security and make you feel helpless and vulnerable. While traumatic events often involve a threat to safety and life, any situation in which you are left feeling alone and overwhelmed – even if the situation does not cause physical damage – can be traumatic. It’s important for trauma survivors to remember this simple truth: it’s not the objective facts of the event that matter; it’s your subjective emotional experience to the event. The more helpless and frightened the event left you, the more likely the event is to cause psychological and emotional trauma. It’s also important to remember that not all people react the same way, even when exposed to the same types of traumatic events.
Many individuals will experience symptoms such as insomnia, nightmares, agitation, shock, and hyper-arousal after a traumatic event. These symptoms usually last between a few days and a few months as you learn to process the emotions surrounding the event. Some people, however, may find that instead of recovering from the trauma, their symptoms are so extreme that they end up disconnecting from others, unable to function in the world. It’s vital that people who have gone through a traumatic event seek treatment for their emotional trauma before the symptoms begin to slowly shrink the world in which you live. Cascade Behavioral Health has helped many men and women just like you successfully work through their emotional trauma and go on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Why Seniors Should Consider Inpatient Treatment at Cascade Behavioral Health for Emotional Trauma
At Cascade, we understand just how hard it can be to cope with flashbacks and nightmares; we know how you can’t escape the intrusive thoughts of the trauma and re-experience them so often you feel you’re living the event all over again. We know how small your world can become as you begin to avoid people, places, and things that may trigger a flashback of the event. We also know that you can successfully recover from the traumatic event and learn to cope with the symptoms as we help you to process the emotions you’re experiencing.
Cascade Behavioral Health offers you the leading healthcare experts in the field of trauma who work in a state-of-the-art healing center and the compassion of people who truly understand what you’re going through. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see our commitment to patient-centered care in the multitude of home-like, welcoming spaces we’ve created throughout our center. The programs we’ve created to help trauma victims overcome their emotional pain are innovative and designed to comfort, educate, and empower you to take control of your life and learn to live the life you’ve always wanted. At Cascade, our primary focus is upon making certain that you and your family obtain the care you need most given with the compassion you deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Cascade Behavioral Health, you’ll find that your multidisciplinary treatment team, comprised of nurses, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and support staff all work alongside you to make sure you’re comfortable and making progress throughout your stay with us. Our holistic trauma treatment program is designed to focus upon more than the symptoms you’re experiencing. At Cascade, we aim to treat the whole you – mind, body, and spirit. We want you and your loved ones to feel the compassion, respect, caring, and kindness we offer during each interaction you have with us. At Cascade Behavioral Health, we always put you, the patient, first.
Treatment Options for Trauma at Cascade Behavioral Health
When you come to us for help overcoming trauma, you’ll first undergo a host of examinations. Our medical evaluation will help us determine if you’re suffering from any medical problems that may lead to some of your symptoms so that we can begin treatment while you’re with us. The psychiatric evaluation will help us gain insight into your emotional state as well as determine if you are struggling with co-occurring mental disorders. The results of these examinations will help us to work alongside you to create a treatment plan that meets all of your needs.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your treatment to help manage some of the symptoms and allow you to best participate in your recovery. If it’s determined that you’re struggling with a co-occurring mental disorder, you may require medication to help manage the illness. Your medication will be strictly monitored to ensure you’re receiving maximum benefit with the minimum amount of side effects. The decision to use medication will be based upon the recommendations of your treatment team.
Individual therapy will allow you the time alone with a therapist to work through some of the challenges you are facing. You will be able to explore the memories of the traumatic event in a safe and protected environment and work through some of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy especially useful for people struggling with traumatic events. CBT allows you to process and evaluate the thoughts and feelings you have about trauma you experienced and work to view them in a different way.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that’s used to help you practice radical acceptance of events in your past and help you to learn emotional regulation.
People struggling with emotional trauma often find solace in group therapy. In the group setting, you’ll have the opportunity to bond with others who have experienced similar situations so that you can all grow and learn from each other. Cascade proudly offers process groups to allow you the time to process some of your emotions surrounding the trauma in a comfortable, supportive setting.
The support of loved ones and family is extremely important during recovery from trauma. We’ll hold family sessions so that your loved ones have the opportunity to learn more about trauma, recovery from trauma, and ways in which they can support the healing process. We’ll also work with your loved ones to develop better coping strategies to help you as you heal and connect them with community resources to provide for their continued healing.
In addition to standard therapeutic practices, we also offer a number of experiential treatments to compliment your therapy. These may include the following:
- A.A. and N.A.
- Spiritual therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As the time of discharge approaches, you’ll work closely with your treatment team to determine the next best steps for your continued therapeutic goals. Some of our patients opt to join a similarly structured program to continue their recovery such as a residential program. Others will find that they’d like to continue their therapy on an outpatient basis, such as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Still others may find that they’ve made enough progress in our healing center that they’re able to return home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy.
Serving the Greater SeaTac Area
Our location in Tukwila allows for us to serve residents from all over Seattle, including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Call us today to begin the process of recovering from a chemical dependency.