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According to the American Psychological Association, approximately 50% of individuals in inpatient recovery for addiction also meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.1 And there is little question that this number is significantly higher when one takes into account patients in outpatient care or who are not in recovery. What is rarely considered, however, is that women who have undergone a traumatic event have unique needs that cannot be adequately addressed in a co-ed environment; they instead require the help of women’s therapy programs.

To provide women with the best treatment for PTSD and other mental health concerns brought on by past or recent trauma, enrolling in women’s therapy programs can give women the help they need to overcome their addiction and past traumatic events.

At Hammocks on the Edisto, our women-only program is tailored to meet the needs of women struggling with trauma that has led to drug or alcohol addiction. If you or someone close to you is battling substance use disorder, call 833.793.0191 today to speak with our staff about our trauma-informed care program in Charleston, South Carolina.

Understanding Trauma-Informed Care

intensive trauma careAny event or circumstance that causes severe distress that overwhelms a person and makes it impossible to cope can be characterized as “traumatic.” Trauma can affect the emotional state of the affected individual and impede normal emotions and experiences. And in cases where the patient is consistently reminded of the traumatic event, it can lead to a serious dependence on drugs or alcohol as a means of coping with the trauma.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), women are significantly more likely – according to most studies more than twice as likely – to struggle with PTSD than men are.2 Many factors contribute to this phenomenon. Primary among them is the fact that women tend to experience different types of trauma than men; women are statistically far more likely to be sexually assaulted, raped, or sexually abused as children, for instance.
Broadly speaking, three types of trauma can affect us:

  • Acute – a single traumatic event
  • Chronic – trauma that is repeated over an extended period
  • Complex – multiple traumatic events that are usually of an invasive, interpersonal nature

If you have experienced a traumatic event or series of events, it is important that you reach out for professional help. At Hammocks on the Edisto, our therapists work hard to create a welcoming and open space to talk about the circumstances that have led to your PTSD and accompanying addiction and to create a custom treatment plan specific to your needs that will help you begin the healing process.

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How Our Trama-Informed Care Program Can Help

Trauma-informed care helps women focus on the trauma causing their addiction through evidence-based therapy programs. The aim is to help you better understand the trauma you have undergone and how it has affected you, and in doing so, allow you to form healthy coping skills that do not involve drugs or alcohol. Some of the therapeutic approaches that will be a part of your program include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – You will identify goals, examine cognitive distortions, and examine feelings and examine feelings and behaviors associated with the trauma.
  • Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) – CPT is similar to CBT but more trauma-centric. CPT focuses on the traumatic event and the emotions that it produces. A therapist will help you process those feelings without the need for drugs and alcohol.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): This therapy focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, regulating emotions, and interpersonal skills. DBT works well in individual therapy and group therapy, giving you a chance to see how other women are coping with similar issues.

Find Help and Healing at Hammocks on the Edisto

At Hammocks on the Edisto, our women-only facility has a 4:1 counselor to patient ratio, so we can provide women with the highest level of individualized care available. Additionally, each of the women in our care enjoys a range of amenities aimed at easing the recovery process, including private rooms, 1,000-count Egyptian cotton sheets, as well as our gorgeous grounds.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction due to a traumatic event, there is help available at Hammocks on the Edisto. Call 833.793.0191 today to speak with us about enrolling in our trauma-informed care program for women.

  1. Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse Comorbidity” – APA PsycNet
  2. PTSD Is More Likely in Women than Men” – National Alliance on Mental Illness