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PTSD and Addiction Treatment

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At Diamond House Detox, we offer a holistic approach to PTSD that includes dual diagnosis and treatment for substance abuse disorder. Our all-encompassing methods and comfortable residential client environments create the best chances for success.

Understanding PTSD and Its Causes

PTSD is a psychiatric anxiety disorder that develops after a traumatic incident. The condition re-engages the fight or flight response after a stimulus reminds the victim of the event. 

Anyone can develop this disorder, and it may occur after a direct experience with a traumatic event. It can also happen when an individual witnesses something traumatic or when someone they know experiences trauma. Situations that can cause a person to develop PTSD include: 

  • Automobile accidents
  • Combat exposure
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Natural disasters

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PTSD Symptoms

PTSD symptoms may occur immediately after the event or appear well after. These symptoms can persist chronically or appear as a response to a trigger and include: 

  • Flashbacks to the event
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Shortness of breath or chest pains 
  • Headaches  
  • Emotional volatility 
  • Disassociation 
  • Guilt or shame 
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Paranoia, hypervigilance or avoidance 

Common PTSD Triggers

A trigger is a stimulus that sends a person into a PTSD episode. Most triggers remind the individual of the traumatic situation and cause the brain to experience the event.  

Some experience PTSD symptoms as a result of sensory information such as sight, sounds and smells that remind them of the event. Others see symptoms arise when returning to the site of the incident or a similar place or when dreaming about the incident. 

PTSD Often Coincides With Addiction 

Treating PTSD in tandem with substance use disorder (SUD) is often beneficial because the conditions can overlap — in a study of people with PTSD, 46% showed symptoms of SUD

PTSD limits the brain’s endorphin production, causing some individuals with the condition to seek relief through drugs and alcohol. Using substances provides a temporary endorphin boost that leaves the individual craving more, but their tolerance to the substance increases. The result is co-occurring PTSD and SUD. 

Treating PTSD and Addiction Simultaneously 

Our holistic approach to PTSD recognizes the intersection of PTSD and SUD. Our PTSD and addiction recovery methods heal the mind, body and spirit so clients can experience relief from both conditions. 


Treatment begins with detoxification to eliminate addictive substances from the body. We offer medically supervised detoxification for efficacy and safety. 


Our medical professionals prescribe medications to alleviate psychiatric symptoms of PTSD while easing substance withdrawal symptoms. Medically treating anxiety, depression and withdrawal helps clients immerse in healing. 

Behavioral Treatment  

We offer behavioral treatments that help clients cope with their symptoms of PTSD and SUD to avoid major episodes. These treatments include: 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy 
  • Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing 
  • Prolonged exposure therapy 
  • Trauma therapy
  • Mindfulness routines
  • Music, exercise or art therapies

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Why Trust Us for PTSD Treatment?

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At Diamond House Detox, we treat each client by utilizing a holistic approach under the guidance of experienced medical professionals. We have helped many clients find peace through supervised medical care and comprehensive psychological support. 

Our commitment to you and your family persists past your time with us. We offer a robust alumni program to help past clients continue the success they found within our programs. Consider our testimonials for first-hand accounts of the difference we can make in your life.

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Diamond House Detox provides a serene environment where clients receive medical and behavioral treatment for PTSD and substance abuse disorder. Contact us online for more on our addiction and PTSD treatment offerings.

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Hear From Our Clients

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I was in Diamond House (DH) in December 2018. I am an alcoholic addict with PTSD and depression. I arrived at DH late in the evening of the 26th. I was scared to death. Fear gripped me because I had not been away from my family in more than 23 years. I was also experiencing heavy withdrawal and was afraid of what the detox would bring.

I had been trying to detox myself for a few months and no matter how hard I tried to get clean, I repeatedly failed. I had sweats, shakes, hallucinations, anxiety, pain, but fear had me.

The relief I felt from the moment I arrived is indescribable. I was treated with respect, love, kindness, and dignity from the moment I arrived. DH truly has thought of every detail to assist us addicts and alcoholics gain a foothold on this disease. Every activity is designed to assist us with getting our lives back.

One beauty of the program at DH is the introduction to several programs of recovery, for example; AA, Celebrate Recovery, NA, SMART Recovery, LifeRing, and Refuge Recovery. Attending these meetings helped me find where I fit. Today I do both AA and Celebrate Recovery and this is what is working for me.

Diamond House worked on my whole recovery and has set me on a path to success and peace. They treat each person as an individual. I was medically detoxed and my addictions, PTSD and depression were treated.

There is not enough gratitude I could show or say to cover the gifts I have received. I HAVE MY FAMILY BACK, I have self confidence, and the shame I walked in with and have always felt has been lifted.

I still work hard to maintain myself, my sobriety and be productive in this world. Diamond House Detox provided the foundation I needed for success. The comfort and amenities provided are too many to mention. The food is nothing short of amazing. The spacious comfortable rooms afford us the opportunity for alone time to reflect on assignments or hard issues we are working on. Outside assistance was brought in to assist me with my PTSD. What ever the issues is, Diamond House will address it and provide the individual attention some of us need

 have been given a miracle and a new path forward…THE RIGHT PATH. Thank you Diamond House. 

-Nicole W.

I came to Diamond House broken and afraid. Upon entering I was welcomed with warmth. I was given a safe place to catch my breath. I desperately needed help. I was granted genuine support & sincere care with empathy from people who did not judge me. They gave me hope and guidance with gentle strength. I left feeling hope; something I almost lost. They assisted with the transition into the next phase of my life. A life with choices, clarity and courage. I am extremely grateful I was led to Diamond House. I am grateful for the amazing people who helped me get up when I fell.


All of the staff and interns here have been a blessing to work with. They are all so real, down to earth and I can tell they really care about each and every one of us. They have done so many unexpected extra things for us for example, driving us to the gym and picking up requests from the store. This facility is unbelievably beautiful and the rooms are large and have huge T.V.’s. If you have a choice this is where you want to be!

-Rod B.