The existence of any type of mental health condition can cause countless disturbances to arise in a person’s life, and the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder is no different. More commonly referred to as PTSD, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder develop after an individual has experienced, witnessed, or learned about a traumatic event, or series of events, to which he or she was incapable of appropriately coping with and has subsequently experienced disturbances in his or her ability to function. When the symptoms of PTSD are coupled with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, the daily trials that an individual may face can be monumental. At Bayside Marin, we recognize how difficult it can be to face each day plagued by the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and we understand how much more profound the concerns become when the presence of PTSD is coupled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. For this reason, we have created specialized, effective programming that is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are suffering from this form of dual diagnosis. With treatment that is offered in a private, intimate setting overlooking Mount Tamalpais and the beautiful San Francisco Bay, clients who come to Bayside Marin can be assured that they will receive an unparalleled level of care.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is plagued by the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and is simultaneously dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you are likely experiencing a wide range of troubling emotions. It can be heart-wrenching to watch the person you care for begin to change in so many ways as the symptoms of PTSD overpower his or her ability to function and the use of substances becomes his or her top priority. While you may feel at a loss for what you can do to help your help loved one overcome his or her turmoil, there are, in fact, some things that you can do that can help you be of most assistance to your loved one during this troubling time.
- Educate yourself on PTSD, drug addiction, and dual diagnosis.
- Research treatment options that specialize in treating individuals who are struggling with the co-occurring concerns of substance abuse and posttraumatic stress disorder.
- Express your concerns to your loved one and present him or her with the findings you have discovered in regards to potential treatment options.
- Offer to support your loved one by accompanying him or her to any appointments for assessments or tours of treatment centers that may be scheduled.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in treatment, inquire about what you can do to be a part of the therapeutic process. Adhere to recommendations offered by your loved one’s treatment provider in regards to ways that you can best support your loved one during and after treatment.
- Acknowledge the limitations of therapy and do not allow yourself to expect that your loved one will be cured instantly. Realize that it is a process that requires time, energy, and patience. Do not give up on your loved one. Be his or her constant beacon of hope, support, and encouragement.
Why Consider Treatment at Bayside Marin
When an individual is suffering from PTSD and is not afforded the opportunity to engage in treatment, there are a number of negative consequences that may result. When the symptoms of untreated PTSD are compounded by the presence of an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol that has remained unaddressed, the repercussions can be devastating. The symptoms of PTSD often leave individuals incapable of adhering to daily tasks, responsibilities, and obligations. When this occurs, people may fall behind occupationally, no longer able to perform to the expected standard, potentially resulting in job loss and the onset of financial strife. The symptoms of PTSD have also been known to leave many individuals feeling the need to isolate themselves, ultimately leading to family strife, divorce, or disturbances amongst other important relationships. Furthermore, depending upon the specific type of substance that an individual finds him or herself addicted to, there can be any number of negative effects that are imposed upon his or her physical health as well. Fortunately, by engaging in appropriate therapeutic interventions, these detriments can be successfully avoided and people can live the happy, healthy lives that they deserve to be living.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bayside Marin
As a widely respected rehabilitation center and a leader in the field of addiction treatment, Bayside Marin is dedicated to providing premiere treatment services for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are struggling with mental health conditions, such as PTSD, chemical dependency concerns, or dual diagnosis. Our world-class treatment team includes individuals who are among the most highly skilled recovery professionals in the Bay Area. Bayside Marin’s reputation for excellence stems from the exceptional and comprehensive care that our clients receive. We partner with each client to develop a treatment plan that addresses the issues that are underlying to his or her addiction or mental health concern and then incorporate a blend of traditional and holistic therapies that best suit each client’s specific and unique needs.
When individuals arrive at Bayside Marin battling symptoms of PTSD, our compassionate staff creates highly individualized treatment that includes therapeutic interventions that are not only effective, but that are backed by research as being optimal options for care when treating addiction and co-occurring disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder. With treatment goals that are based on the belief that successful recovery encompasses improvement in self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, positive family interaction, vocational productivity, the establishment and attainment of realistic life goals, and healthy lifestyle adjustments, the staff at Bayside Marin incorporates numerous therapeutic and treatment interventions into the holistic care offered in our residential program. The various types of treatment interventions that are provided to clients throughout the residential continuum of care may include the following:
Detoxification: For clients who come to Bayside Marin struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, in addition to the presence of symptoms of PTSD, they will meet with a board-certified medical doctor or nurse practitioner who will conduct a full history and physical in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment necessary. If drugs or alcohol are currently present in a client’s system, he or she will likely undergo the process of detoxification prior to engaging in the residential programming. Clients are monitored by nurses every 30 minutes initially and then at least once every hour, around the clock, going forward.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are scheduled for clients twice per week, but additional sessions can be added at any time as needed or when requested. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to process their journey through treatment and address any concerns that they may be struggling with.
Couples and family therapy: Both couples therapy sessions and family therapy sessions are available to clients on an as-needed basis. Each client’s primary therapist will be responsible for conducting these sessions when they are implemented into a client’s treatment plan.
Family program: Recognizing the importance of family involvement in an individual’s recovery process, Bayside Marin is pleased to offer our family program, which is a two-day workshop that meets twice every month. This program is psychoeducational in format and is meant to provide intensive instruction for family members on what their role in their loved one’s recovery should be while also teaching them how they can best be of support to their loved one and still take care of themselves. The family program also allows individuals to develop their own support network by providing them with an opportunity to bond with other family members who are in similar situations.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a key component to the care supplied by the staff at Bayside Marin, and clients will participate in at least three group sessions each day. The topics covered in these groups may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Treatment planning
- Alcohol and drug education
- Dietary counseling
- Family education
- Discharge planning
- Continuing care planning
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic approach to treatment and recovery, Bayside Marin offers a number of experiential therapies that are designed to help clients achieve overall wellness. Clients can participate in either yoga or Qi Gong daily, while the other experiential therapies are typically offered once per week. These additional experiential options include:
- Art therapy
- Massage therapy
- Therapeutic gardening
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Bayside Marin, we place a large emphasis on thorough discharge planning. We know that recovery can be a lifelong journey and so we are dedicated to doing all that we can to empower our clients so that they feel confident about the path they are embarking upon once they complete treatment in our residential program. We have continuing care coordinators who meet with clients during the first few days of their stay in our program and then periodically throughout the duration of their time spent at Bayside Marin. Clients complete detailed discharge packets so that our continuing care coordinators know how to best work with them in order to provide comprehensive referrals and make sure that appropriate follow-up appointments are set prior to a client’s discharge.
Keeping in mind the importance of thorough aftercare planning in regards to properly managing posttraumatic stress disorder, Bayside Marin makes sure to involve clients’ family members, referral sources, and treatment teams in the creation of these continuing care plans. We are pleased to offer 12 months of continuing care and monitoring at no cost to our clients once they have completed treatment. Clients will work with their own recovery coach right after graduating from programming in order to ensure a seamless transition back into their everyday lives. All of the services offered as part of this continuing care program are based solely on the individual needs of each client.
Additionally, Bayside Marin is proud to offer our Recovery and Renewal service which was developed for clients who have already completed treatment at Bayside Marin but wish to come back and check in. These clients are afforded the opportunity to spend a day or two in the program’s milieu in order to help reinvigorate their recovery process.
At Bayside Marin, we feel that once clients have become a part of our family, they remain a part of our family for life. If you or a loved one is in need of services to help overcome and manage the symptoms of PTSD, look no further than Bayside Marin. We will do everything in our power to help you develop the skills necessary to remain confident in your ongoing ability to manage your symptoms long-term so that true and lasting healing can be successfully achieved.