At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we have treated victims of rape, assault, acts of violence, verbal and emotional abuse who have been diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s truly heartbreaking to see people in active addiction who began using just to cope with the anguish of a traumatic event they can’t stop re-living.

We are here for them, and if you have been self-medicating because you were the victim or witness to a traumatic event, we are here for you, too.

Any time a life is interrupted by violence or trauma, the effects can be shattering… and you may not realize how much you’re suffering until you enter treatment and start to connect the dots.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The primary diagnostic manual, the DSM-V Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, indicates that a number of criteria must be met in order to establish a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, including:

Exposure to trauma

The person was somehow exposed to death, serious injury, sexual assault, natural disaster, or other profoundly disturbing event, either as a victim, witness, or first responder.

Re-living the event

The person continues to remember and re-experience the event in unwanted ways, such as nightmares, flashbacks, or constant recurring memories or associations.


The person actively avoids thoughts or reminders of the trauma, or situations that are in some way linked to the event.

Worsening perceptions

Assuming blame for the trauma (or casting blame on others), forgetting key details of the event, increased fear of the world,

Change in behavior as a result of the trauma

Becoming extra-vigilant or self-protective, engaging in risky behavior, startling easily, having trouble concentrating, sleep disturbances, withdrawal from normal activities.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, symptoms must last for a month or more, and must create difficulty or inability to function.

Addiction and PTSD

People can begin to use and abuse substances to cope with the lingering pain and suffering from the event. Sometimes, people seek relief through drugs with sedating properties (like Xanax and Valium). Others seek to cope by drinking, until alcohol use has become habitual and addiction has developed.

Other drugs, such as opioids, produces the highest of highs through the release of “feel-good” hormones such as dopamine. Someone who’s been profoundly traumatized may feel incapable of feeling pleasure on their own, and may be tempted to turn to these highly addictive drugs in order to feel pleasure.

Treatment for Co-Existing Mental Illness

Elan Recovery + Wellness employs a full-time psychiatric nurse practitioner and a medical director/staff psychiatrist, who complete psychiatric and physical evaluations, prescribe medication, and do weekly monitoring and medication checks.

It’s essential to find the proper medical regimen to manage mental illness, and so our medical staff works closely with every guest for their own comfort, safety, and well-being. Through the use of our cutting-edge adaptive testing software, we are able to quickly assess each guest’s mental and emotional status, and make instant adjustments to treatment and medication, if necessary, for the best possible outcomes.

In addition, Elan Recovery + Wellness offers the following treatment protocols for our dual-diagnosis guests:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Skills groups
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
  • Shame resiliency and vulnerability training
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Case management

We Treat Addiction and Mental Illness

Please, do not consider any treatment facility that is not capable of treating both addiction and mental illness. Contact us today to find out more about Elan’s compassionate, professional care.

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