Why Dhaka Residents Find Effective Treatment for Trauma and Addiction at The Cabin Dhaka
Trauma and addiction sometimes go hand in hand. Occasionally, we see clients who are suffering from the consequences of drug or alcohol use, and when examined closely, we discover the chemical use is a conscious decision by the client in an attempt to mask or ‘medicate’ some kind of undesirable and dysfunctional feelings or emotions.
The most common types of disorders that people try to hide with chemical use are anxiety disorders. Although there are multiple types of anxiety disorders, the one that we are seeing more frequently is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is a specific type of anxiety disorder that can result from experiencing trauma. The trauma can be an event that is life-threatening such as war, a car crash, a natural disaster, or an assault of some type. Or it can be an event that threatens the person’s sense of physical, sexual, or psychological wholeness such as sexual abuse, infidelity, physical abuse and includes childhood and adult relational trauma. Not everyone who experiences these types of traumas develops PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD
When someone is experiencing PTSD they will often find themselves reliving the event in some way through having flashbacks, intrusive memories, dreams, or random smells or sounds that they react to.
They attempt to avoid memories of the event through numbing themselves and have a feeling of being disinterested in life, often remembering only fragments of the event itself, whilst distancing themselves from others and generally shutting down. This can often look like depression but may actually be PTSD.
They may experience hyper-vigilance (a state of heightened alertness to threats) or become stuck in a high state of emotional arousal where it is difficult to sleep. A sufferer often feels anxious or like their internal engine is ‘revving’ all the time. This hyper-arousal often leads to irritability, angry outbursts, sleeping problems, difficulty concentrating and feeling like they must be aware and on guard at all times.
Whilst not all clients may meet formal clinical criteria for PTSD, elements of what are currently defined as the characteristics of PTSD are recognisable in a large number of people suffering from addiction.
PTSD that is undiagnosed and untreated can leave individuals more susceptible to addictions and mood disorders such as depression, and cause difficulties with their relationships.
When a client is suffering both from chemical dependency and trauma, the treatment must be synthesised and collaborated in order for the client to achieve any measurable benefits. Reducing chemical use without treating the PTSD will simply cause an increase in anxiety that will likely result in relapse. Addressing the PTSD while the client is still self-medicating will make psychotherapy ineffective. By combining a therapy model that addresses both the original trauma, and the subsequent chemical abuse, the client can return to a baseline of function and gain the necessary skills needed to avoid relapsing into either of these disorders.
The Trauma/Addiction outpatient programme may require the same basic duration of treatment (approximately 6 to 8 months), but may require one or more additional sessions of treatment per week during that time. We strongly recommend a client seeking this model of therapy to consult with our staff psychiatrist in order to address and monitor not only the chemical withdrawal issues, but any anti-anxiety medications that may be involved or required.
For clients requiring a more significant level of therapy, or a secure environment, we may recommend consideration of our therapeutic residential programme at The Cabin Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Residential Rehab Treatment for Trauma and Addiction at The Cabin Chiang Mai
The facilities at The Cabin Chiang Mai are set along side the serene jungle lined mountains of Northern Thailand. Our rehabilitation centre combines clinical care from the West and friendly hospitality from the East to create a unique inpatient addiction rehab centre. The programme boasts a 96% completion rate. While we do emphasise the physical and medical wellbeing of our patients, it is not our sole focus, and we also offer holistic exercises that will help get both the mind and the body of our patients healthy. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a safe and discreet facility for Dhaka residents to start their new lives in recovery.