A disorder triggered by experiencing, witnessing, or learning about a traumatic event, post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a mental health condition where an individual suffers from pervasive feelings of tremendous emotional distress. With symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, and disturbing memories, PTSD can impair a person’s functioning in many ways. Some individuals experience these symptoms immediately after the trauma, while others will not notice signs until long after the trauma occurred. Regardless of symptom onset, the effects of living with post-traumatic stress disorder can be shattering to a person and lead to the development of other mental illnesses, substance use, or even attempts to end one’s own life if treatment is not sought.
At Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette, Louisiana, we understand the agony of living with posttraumatic stress disorder and want to restore an individual’s functioning to what it was before the traumatic event. With specialized programming designed to meet the needs of patients with PTSD, our goal is to help alleviate the damaging symptoms of this debilitating disorder and instill skills that will ensure recovery. Our focus is on client care and safety while implementing comprehensive, compassionate, individualized, and high-quality care for those suffering with chemical dependency, psychiatric conditions, and co-occurring disorders. At Vermilion’s treatment clinic, we utilize proven, evidence-based techniques and encourage each patient’s social, emotional, and mental wellness in a structured treatment environment that is beneficial to recovery. Look no further for help, Vermilion is where healing begins.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a family member or loved one struggle with PTSD can bring about feelings of helplessness. You may feel as though you are watching him or her spiral out of control and get progressively worse as the symptoms of the disorder take greater hold on the individual’s day-to-day life. You may yearn for the person he or she once was before the symptoms of PTSD reared their ugly head. You may grow increasingly concerned for what the future holds as you watch your family member or loved one become more and more withdrawn. And while these feelings and thoughts are appropriate, it is important to remain a constant support for the person struggling with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Additionally, there are some other things you can keep in mind as you serve as that source of support:
- Have patience – much like a wound, healing takes time.
- Learn about the disorder itself. Understanding what your family member or loved one is going through can be beneficial as you provide support. Moreover, educating yourself on PTSD signs, symptoms, and effects can broaden the scope of treatment options to consider.
- Abstain from talking about the trauma and the symptoms your family member or loved one is experiencing. While talking can be helpful, you do not want to increase his or her anxiety by encouraging the individual to revisit the trauma again.
Why Consider Treatment at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Untreated post-traumatic stress disorder could lead to increased use of drugs or alcohol, impairment in functioning, loss of employment, academic failure, and thoughts of suicide. If you feel as though you are helpless in achieving relief from these kinds of effects, there is help available to assist you in regaining control over your life.
Inpatient treatment has been extremely effective in easing the symptoms associated with PTSD and helping sufferers acquire the tools needed to live happy, healthy lives. One benefit of inpatient care is that it allows a person to go through the process of recovery without the distractions and added stressors of life. With time away from one’s everyday environment, a person can fully immerse him or herself in the therapeutic process. Additionally, inpatient treatment also affords an individual the ability to received ongoing support from mental health and medical professionals, as well as other patients, in a safe and nurturing environment.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
For over 30 years, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems has prided itself in being the most comprehensive, free-standing provider of behavioral health services in the area, providing exceptional patient care in the safest environment possible. Our multidisciplinary team of specialty clinical staff, including addiction specialists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and case managers, is devoted to maintaining optimal training and development to increase competency with all of the different populations that we serve. We strive to help our patients explore and process issues and challenges and increase insight and understanding of their own mental health and chemical dependency concerns. By encouraging family involvement and enlisting community support, we aim to assist those who come to us for care in meeting their treatment goals while in the hospital and beyond.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems
Upon first arriving at Vermilion in Lafayette, all patients take part in a free, confidential level of care screening by one of our Assessment and Referral Specialists. After gathering all pertinent information, the A&R Specialist will review the evaluation with one of our psychiatrists, who will then recommend the level of care best suited to meet the patient’s needs.
At Vermilion’s treatment clinic, we believe in the power of using Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) as our main approach to treatment. We have found that this therapeutic model is suited for treating both acute and short-term lengths of stay due to its effectiveness in working quickly by focusing on skill-building, as well as by identifying and disputing irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions. REBT has also proven to be beneficial in providing extended care for substance abuse concerns, mental health illnesses, and services specific to our military population. By implementing this REBT approach to treatment, the therapeutic interventions that are incorporated at our inpatient treatment rehab include the following:
Detoxification: For those adolescents and adults who come to us struggling with a substance abuse problem, we provide a fully-monitored medical detox rehab. As part of the 12-step model of recovery, we implement the idea of “rational recovery,” designed to provide patients with recovery skills that can last a lifetime and prevent future struggles with addiction.
Medication management: Some patients with PTSD may require medication to assist in alleviating symptoms of the disorder. Based on a recommendation from one of our resident psychiatrists, the administration and management of medication is done under the supervision of our experienced medical staff.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the main component of treatment at our inpatient clinic. Various groups are held on a daily basis and may include discussions on:
- Good decision-making
- Information on medication
- Setting goals
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution
- Tips for fostering healthy relationships
- Communication skills
- Education on mental illness
Individual therapy: Individual counseling sessions are held on an as-needed basis and provide patients with time to meet alone with their therapist in order to discuss any concerns they have and to reflect on goals that have been reached.
Family therapy: We believe that positive changes are initiated through the family unit as a whole, which is why we strongly encourage our patients’ family members to actively participate in the therapeutic process. Family sessions are designed to address issues that affect the entire family and begin the process of identifying solutions. We also offer parents and caregivers information on mental illness, substance abuse, and medication management so that they can effectively help their loved one.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): This form of therapy is designed to help people create a rich and meaningful life, while developing the skills needed to effectively manage the pain and stress that comes with life’s experiences.
In order to provide a fully comprehensive therapeutic experience, Vermilion also provides the following:
- Expressive therapies
- Recreation therapy
- Experiential therapies
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Vermilion’s treatment clinic in Lafayette, LA, we believe that thorough planning is critical to ensuring a patient is discharged into the most supportive environment possible after their inpatient stay. By doing so, we are able to promote a positive continuity of care and quality of life, maximize stabilization, and minimize the need for re-hospitalization. Our social services staff works with each patient’s treatment team to develop a discharge plan based on the patient’s needs, resources, preferences, family involvement, location of residence, and community resources. With patient consent, this plan is then passed on to the designated discharge planner who initiates referrals, schedules appointments, and finalizes any other necessary arrangements.
Whatever your needs may be, the staff at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems will do everything in their power to get you back on the road to a happy, healthy life.