St. Louis Drug Addiction Trauma Treatment at Hotel California by the Sea


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Here at Hotel California by the Sea in St. Louis, Missouri, we treat a variety of mental health disorders. The majority of our clients present with an addiction and at least one or more mental health disorders. These clients would be considered to be “dual diagnosis” clients, meaning that they have one or more co-existing mental health conditions alongside their addiction. Although we employ addiction professionals with years of experience in treating addiction, the high success rate of our program reflects our unparalleled principles and exhaustive commitment to treating the co-occurring mental health disorders our clients’ experience.  

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One of the most prevalent and debilitating mental health disorders we see in our clients struggling with addiction is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Originating from a source of trauma such as witnessing or experiencing a life threatening event, PTSD can have lasting effects on a person even decades after the initial trauma. This is why we offer addiction trauma treatment in Missouri.  

Many people who have difficulty dealing with past trauma seek solace in drugs and alcohol in an effort to dampen their symptoms of PTSD. Living with untreated PTSD can rapidly decrease one’s quality of life. It’s imperative to seek treatment if you or a loved consistently experience any of the following symptoms of PTSD: 

  • Intrusive thoughts or memories 
  • Avoidance of specific subjects or places 
  • Difficulty thinking 
  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Constantly being on-guard 
  • Feeling frightened or startled easily 
  • Irritability 
  • Angry or aggressive outbursts  
  • Negative thoughts about yourself or the future  
  • Feeling detached or dissociated  

It is important to remember that trauma and PTSD, like addiction, are not the measure of someone’s character. Traumatic experiences are an unfortunate part of life for many people, and those people usually didn’t choose to be traumatized. In the same way that someone who is addicted to drugs likely didn’t plan to be an addict, someone who is traumatized didn’t plan to experience trauma.  

Victims of trauma shouldn’t be blamed for their condition. For many, therapy is absolutely necessary for them to learn how to process their past trauma before it causes problems aside from PTSD in their life.  

Addiction Trauma Treatment and PTSD

PTSD and addiction are somewhat of a “chicken and egg” phenomenon. For those suffering from drug or alcohol dependence, PTSD can exacerbate either one. PTSD can also often be the initial reason for self-medication for many of our clients. There is also evidence that those who are genetically more likely to experience PTSD are also genetically more likely to experience addiction and vice versa. 

Sufferers of PTSD often experience agitation, mood swings, pessimistic thoughts, and difficulty concentrating for which many seek out drugs and alcohol in an effort to self-medicate. Before long, many find themselves in the throes of addiction while suffering continued symptoms of PTSD. Addiction of any kind also often places the addict in a lot of potentially traumatizing situations.  

On its own, PTSD can result in difficulty maintaining daily responsibilities at home, work, and school, but when drug or alcohol addiction are added into the mix, the combination can be downright debilitating.  

The cycle of addiction and PTSD can quickly become an endless loop of torment if not addressed properly by licensed professionals. If you or a loved one suffer from addiction and have a history of trauma, it is important to seek treatment at a facility that understands the nature of dual-diagnosis and can help tackle both the mental health and substance abuse aspects of addiction.  

In our care, each client is assessed by doctors to establish their medical and psychiatric health. For those who meet the criteria for PTSD, our team of licensed clinicians creates an individualized treatment plan for each client. Along with an in-depth assessment of each client’s history and background, the treatment plan is centered around the specific type(s) of trauma and the clients’ specific symptoms of PTSD. 

We have found that many people are not aware that major life events in their past could be considered trauma and have thus been living with untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. Many people suffering from addiction are unaware of how the traumas in their past continue to affect their future. Whether witnessed or experienced first hand, different types of trauma include but are not limited to: 

  • Physical abuse 
  • Psychological abuse 
  • Sexual abuse 
  • Childhood neglect 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Kidnapping 
  • Military Combat 
  • Car Crashes  
  • The sudden death of a loved one 
  • Severe illness of a loved one 
  • Witnessing any of the above 

It is important to remember that anyone can experience trauma in their life and that post-traumatic stress disorder does not discriminate. Anyone, no matter their history or background, can be impacted by the side effects of PTSD.  

Treatment of PTSD

Here at HCBTS in St. Louis, Missouri, our dedicated team utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities to treat substance use disorder, as well as PTSD and other mental health conditions. Our team of licensed addiction specialists take a holistic approach to each client’s addiction trauma treatment.  

Each addiction trauma treatment plan is dynamic and is devised using multiple assessments completed by doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, and counselors throughout treatment. Each client’s addiction trauma treatment team will use the following modalities to ensure a well-rounded approach to each client’s specific needs:  

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) 
  • Grief and loss counseling 
  • Mindfulness/Grounding techniques 
  • Individual and Group therapies 
  • Medication management 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely varied therapeutic approach that makes up the bulk of a lot of therapeutic interventions. There are multiple forms of CBT that are specifically geared towards treating PTSD which our therapists can utilize. The aim of CBT in this context is to help our clients learn a new way to navigate their associations with their past trauma. The way that we think is deeply linked to the way that we feel, and CBT uses this to everyone’s advantage. 

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) 

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), on the other hand, acts in a way that allows our clients to revisit their traumas and create new associations with them. Where CBT helps them navigate their traumas, EMDR gives our clients the chance to face their past traumas and change the narrative. It takes advantage of the way that our brains process information by stimulating each side of the brain, back and forth, while a licensed therapist uses guided imagery techniques. Many clients claim that EMDR alone is worth their stay here. 

Group Therapy  

Another important component of recovery from trauma is often the group environment. Professionally licensed therapists definitely have a hugely important role in recovery from both addiction and PTSD. That being said, there is something that many of our clients find vitally important to them in support groups. Aside from 12-step support groups, there is a vast number of support groups around the world for many different kinds of trauma.  

Group therapy, while overseen by a therapist, acts as a support group for our clients to share and relate to traumas they may have experienced. This can be a safe place for our clients to learn how to empower each other as they face an intense part of their recovery. 

Addiction Trauma Treatment in St. Louis, Missouri 

Trauma plays an integral role in the addictions of many. Whether a specific traumatic event triggered the desire to escape led to your addiction, or the process of becoming an addict was in itself a traumatic experience, addiction and trauma go hand in hand. HCBTS understands how to address these mental health conditions in tandem and teach clients how to manage them effectively. 

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With a comprehensive approach to addiction and trauma, our dual diagnosis clients thrive during and after addiction trauma treatment. Using a holistic approach to trauma and addiction, we are working to ensure long term sobriety as well as peace of mind for each of our clients.  

The recovery journey is specific to each person, but with our tailored approach, we seek to ensure recovery from addiction as well as recovery from mental health disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and PTSD, please contact us for help today.  

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