Have you or a loved one lived through a traumatic situation recently or in the past? If so, it’s important to get some professional help to process that trauma in a healthy way. Living through trauma can be devastating. And without treatment, there’s a risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with a mental health problem that can have long-lasting effects. At our mental health treatment center, you can learn more about trauma and PTSD and learn how to get help at a PTSD treatment center.

What Is Trauma?

a man in therapy at a PTSD Treatment CenterTrauma is a psychological reaction people have in certain intensely stressful situations.

Some examples of traumatic situations include:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Involvement in military combat
  • Living in a war zone
  • Living through a natural disaster
  • Physical, psychological or emotional neglect or abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Having a life-threatening illness or injury

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

It starts with acute stress disorder. When someone experiences trauma, they have an immediate reaction called acute stress disorder. It lasts between three days and three weeks after the event.

A person’s reaction to trauma is unique. Everyone deals differently with what happened.

Some possible reactions to trauma include:

  • Irritability or anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suppression of emotions
  • Dissociative episodes
  • Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or nightmares
  • Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts or memories of the trauma

If a person gets professional treatment after living through trauma, they are less likely to have persistent symptoms. But without treatment, the trauma can have long-term effects. One possible consequence is PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Not everyone who lives through trauma develops PTSD. However, it is common in people who don’t get professional help after experiencing trauma. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 7% to 8% of people develop PTSD in their lives.

Symptoms of PTSD

There are four different categories of symptoms of PTSD. To be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must have symptoms from each of the categories.

For example, the categories include:

  • Reexperiencing symptoms: Nightmares, flashbacks or intrusive thoughts about the trauma
  • Avoidance symptoms: Avoiding things triggers memories or thoughts about the trauma
  • Cognitive and mood symptoms: For instance, depression, anxiety or memory loss
  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms: Such as hypervigilance, tension, irritability, and insomnia

Complex PTSD

People can develop complex PTSD if they live through ongoing trauma. For instance, if someone is neglected or abused over time, then they might develop complex PTSD. Complex PTSD causes the above symptoms, plus some others.

For example, these can include:

  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Dissociative episodes
  • Feelings of helplessness and despair
  • Distrust of others, often resulting in social isolation
  • Fixation on the person who caused their trauma

How Can PTSD Treatment Help?

If you’re living with PTSD, you may feel like you are drowning in intrusive thoughts and memories – and other symptoms you can’t control. Our mental health treatment resources can help you deal with the trauma, to leave it in the past and start to look forward to your future.

Getting treatment is also integral for your long-term physical and mental health. Your quality of life isn’t the only thing that’s at stake. People with PTSD have a higher risk of developing other mental health problems. For instance, some people may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way of trying to cope with the trauma. Others turn to self-harm or may develop an eating disorder.

PTSD treatment can help you start to deal with your trauma and learn healthy coping skills. With treatment, you can reduce your long-term risk of other mental health issues. And as you learn how to manage your PTSD, you benefit from a better quality of life, too.

What PTSD Treatment Is Like

Our PTSD treatment center in Lantana, Florida, typically includes an individual therapy program to explore and process trauma. For some people, treatment may also include medication. Many people benefit from antidepressant medication or mood stabilizers.

Treatment is sometimes a multistep process. For people with co-occurring substance addiction, their treatment might start with a medical detox at our drug detox center to help them withdraw safely. Then, they might go to a residential PTSD treatment center for intensive treatment. Residential treatment is helpful because it offers a safe place to explore trauma.

For some, drug withdrawal carries a risk of harm because when someone is physically dependent, their body adapts in certain ways. The sudden withdrawal leaves the brain and body without the substances on which it has come to rely leading to dangerous symptoms such as seizures. Medical supervision helps keep the person safe during detox.

Residential PTSD Treatment

In a residential PTSD treatment program, you live-in at a treatment center. You spend most of your time every day in a group therapy program or solo therapy or on activities that support your recovery. It’s a structured schedule that allows you to explore your trauma safely.

Outpatient PTSD Treatment

If residential PTSD treatment doesn’t work for you, then an outpatient option might. These involve spending a set number of hours at a treatment center each week. Some programs allow you to attend sessions at night, allowing you to continue with work or college while getting treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

In a PHP, you spend up to five days a week at a treatment center for therapy and support activities. These programs are like residential programs but without the live-in element.

In an intensive outpatient program (IOP), you spend around 10 hours a week at a treatment center. You attend therapy sessions and other activities that help support your mental health.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Up to 80% of people with PTSD have a co-occurring disorder. Some common co-occurring disorders are alcohol or drug addiction, depression, anxiety disorder or eating disorders. If you have PTSD and a co-occurring disorder, then treatment at our Lantana addiction treatment center should address both. Addressing both is important because having a co-occurring disorder makes it harder for you to process your trauma and move forward in recovery.

PTSD Treatment at Lucida

At Lucida, we provide every client with a personal treatment plan to address their specific needs. Treatment includes a combination of therapy and support activities, with medication when appropriate.

Residential PTSD Treatment Center

Lucida offers residential PTSD treatment for addiction and mental health problems. Clients are live-in at our treatment center in Lantana, Florida. In this beachside environment, we strive to help everyone feel comfortable and cared for as they go through the challenging recovery process.

We use a mixture of traditional and complementary therapies to treat emotional trauma and PTSD. Some PTSD treatment center options we use include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): Cognitive-behavioral therapy program helps clients examine and challenge unhealthy beliefs and thoughts. CBT helps them reconceptualize the trauma, allowing them to think about it differently.
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): An EMDR therapy program is a technique that helps clients process disturbing memories. Over time, it reduces the impact that trauma memories have.
  • Group therapy: It may be scary to think about sharing your trauma with others, but it can be empowering to speak your truth. Sharing with and learning from people who understand your pain can be a powerful aid to healing.
  • Medication: If you have a co-occurring disorder such as depression or anxiety, medication may help improve and stabilize your mood. This stabilization, in turn, makes you better able to focus on and benefit from your treatment program.

Co-Occurring Disorders

We offer treatment for co-occurring disorders, as well as primary mental health and addiction issues. Your custom treatment plan at our dual diagnosis treatment center will take any co-occurring disorders into account.

Aftercare Planning

Aftercare planning is an integral part of treatment at Lucida. Good aftercare is essential for clients to continue making progress once they return home. We help you transition back to everyday life with follow-up appointments and medication management. We can also help you find support groups and other resources.


Lucida is in-network with many insurance providers. We can also accept most out-of-network PPO plans. You can call Lucida to talk to an admissions specialist. They can check your insurance coverage, and work with your provider to maximize your benefits. Your costs are based on your treatment needs and custom treatment program. You can call us for a free and private consultation to get an estimate of your treatment costs.

Make the Decision to Get Treatment Today

Nobody can control how they react to trauma. And if you have PTSD, you may feel as though some aspects of life are out of control. But you can make positive changes by seeking professional treatment for PTSD.

Lucida Treatment Center offers compassionate, caring treatment in Lantana, Florida. Our comfortable residential center and restful environment can help you heal. Call us at 1.866.947.7299.