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What Is PTSD?

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What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that arises as a result of experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. PTSD can occur in individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. It is not an indication of weakness or a personal failing.

PTSD symptoms can be debilitating and can impact an individual’s daily life. However, with timely help and treatment, people can improve and regain their normal lives.

Virtue Recovery Las Vegas offers PTSD treatment services to those in need. If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our compassionate staff is here to help. Contact us today at 866.520.2861 to learn more about our PTSD treatment services and how we can help you or your loved one get on the path to recovery.

What Is PTSD?

What is post-traumatic stress disorder? PTSD is a mental health condition in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Trauma can be anything from a natural disaster, a violent assault, a serious accident, or war/combat. PTSD can also occur due to ongoing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. It is often associated with military veterans, but the truth is that anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event can develop PTSD.

What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD may differ in each individual based on their experience, personality, and coping mechanisms. However, some common symptoms include the following:

  • Reliving the traumatic event through flashbacks or nightmares
  • Negative changes in behavior include excessive anger, irritability, self-destructive behavior, or emotional numbness
  • Feeling on edge or hyper-aware of surroundings
  • Avoiding situations or people that may trigger memories of the traumatic event

It’s normal to experience stress after a traumatic event. However, when stress symptoms persist beyond a reasonable period and begin interfering with your daily life, it could be PTSD.

Who Is at Risk of PTSD?

PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. However, research shows that individuals who suffer more severe trauma, have little support, or already have other mental health conditions are more susceptible to PTSD.

PTSD Treatment Services

PTSD is treatable with timely intervention and professional care. Recovery centers offer PTSD treatment programs tailored to individuals’ unique needs and symptoms. Treatment may include evidence-based interventions such as psychotherapy, group therapy, and medication management.

The first step in seeking PTSD treatment is to contact a mental health treatment program. A team of professionals will assess your symptoms, understand your trauma experience and develop a personalized treatment plan.

PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

It’s common for individuals who suffer from PTSD to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms like anxiety, depression, or sleep disturbances. However, substance use can worsen PTSD symptoms and cause addiction. Integrated treatment for PTSD and Substance Use Disorders can help individuals overcome both conditions simultaneously.

Find PTSD Treatment Services at Virtue Recovery Las Vegas – Substance Use Disorders

PTSD can be a debilitating and life-changing condition. However, with timely intervention, professional care, and support from loved ones, individuals can get better and regain their normal life. Virtue Recovery Las Vegas is here to help anyone struggling with PTSD. Our team of mental health professionals is committed to providing compassionate care tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

Contact us online or at 866.520.2861 to learn how we can help you or your loved ones overcome PTSD. You can also visit our website to learn more about our PTSD treatment services and other substance use disorder programs. Don’t suffer in silence – seek help today.

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Nicki Lugo, CPC, LAC, LCADC, CCTS Executive Director
Nicki Lugo is currently employed as Clinical Director at Virtue Recovery Center in Las Vegas. Nicki is a licensed clinical professional counselor (CPC) in the state of Nevada and a licensed associate counselor (LAC) in the state of Arizona. She is also a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) in Nevada. Additionally, Nicki has specialized training in treating trauma and is a certified clinical trauma specialist (CCTS). Nicki has earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Currently, Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Education and Supervision at Grand Canyon University. Nicki’s research interests include the use of Positive Psychology interventions with dual diagnosis clients. Nicki hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge in treating substance use disorders. Nicki’s long-term career goals include advancing in leadership roles within Virtue Recovery Center which is a quickly growing substance use disorder treatment facility. She hopes that one day her research and advocacy will help to save the lives of those who have been affected by substance use. She likes to say that advocacy is her passion and leadership is her superpower.

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