A few more in-patient programs for trauma and PTSD

Here are a few more programs – not specifically for DID, but recommended as “good programs” that address trauma, anxieties and PTSD. Numbering continues from previous post.

I am not sure I will write of any more programs unless I see something specifically different than the typical models I have found so far. The lack of success in my search for something I need has depressed me.

8 ) Summit Oaks Hospital in NJ offers a (getting used to this phrase?) “safe environment for those who are experiencing acute behavioral health symptoms and are in need of comprehensive evaluation, crisis intervention and stabilization.” They treat the anxieties, PTSD, dual diagnosis, suicidal/homicidal thoughts, etc., but do not mention dissociation specifically. Many insurances are accepted.

9) Princeton House Behavioral Health specifically offers a Woman’s Trauma Program which promotes an “innovative model of treatment for women who are suffering from the impact of trauma or abuse-either by history or in their present circumstances“. This got me excited until I read the FAQ which focuses on group therapy and addictions, etc. I guess these programs are really all the same thing.

This one mentions “innovative model” but I don’t see anything that differentiates it from any other program other than “women are encouraged to understand the relationship between their symptoms and self-sabotaging behaviors and the traumatic events in their lives.” But isn’t that what it is really all about?

10) Here’s a custom program at Princeton House that kind of pisses me off, and I will speak more on this issue in my next post. Princeton House also offers The Retreat at Princeton, an “Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment for Executives and Professionals.” It is a 28 day program designed for “high functioning adults such as executives and professionals.”

Professionals are often reluctant to enter standard, pre-formulated programs because they fear these programs will not be flexible enough to accommodate their needs.

Well, what about us high functioning professional women who are experiencing some pretty heavy shit and by some amazing stroke of luck or inner strength HAVE NOT TURNED to drugs and alcohol to drown out the pain?

Well, apparently too bad for you.

Interestingly, a write-up on the program even points to these professionals using dissociation in their quest to hide their inner selves. Sound familiar, my PTSD and DID/DDNOS brothers and sisters?

Busy professionals who may feel that they are leading double lives…In their public lives, they are high-functioning and may be at the top of their fields. But in private, they struggle with addictions to alcohol and/or drugs that always have the potential to impinge upon their professional success.

Well, replace addictions to alcohol and/or drugs with trauma related symptoms such as dissociation, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and emotional numbing, I’d think I’d found the perfect program.

11) Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, NJ. Provides “inpatient short-term crisis stabilization for adults experiencing psychiatric or emotional difficulties” in several areas including mood and thought disorders, PTSD, etc. Seems to focus on short-term stays with “goal of crisis intervention, medical stabilization,” etc. The inpatient program accepts voluntary and committed individuals, and deals with suicidal ideation and violence.

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2 Comments»

  kim fay wrote @

severe ptsd as a result of military and souse tried to kill me 3 times can not function need help

  Emily’s Camigwen wrote @

Dear Kim

Please dial 911, or whatever is the emergency number for your country. I am not a counselor, law enforcement officer or anyone who can help in an emergency. Please – if you feel your life or those in your care are in danger, contact emergency help and work it from there.

It can be hard to understand changes in a spouse after they return from military duty. Their change in behavior is not your fault, and not their fault. Please understand that it is not YOU. Do not feel guilty and do not hesitate if you are scared. PTSD is a complicated diagnosis. BUT … if you are scared or worried for your safety, then call emergency services. When the situation has calmed down, then you can work out with others how to go forward. Do not feel embarrassed to reach out or feel guilty. Do it. People are there to help you work out what to do next, and how to help you get past your despair and fear.

My best of luck,
Emily’s Cami


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