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PTSD Treatment in Kansas City

Most Americans live through at least one traumatic experience as children, teens, or adults. These experiences may only have a short-term impact on your health and well-being. However, they may also continue to affect you for weeks, months, or even years afterward. If you suffer from this kind of long-term trauma reaction, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Unfortunately, the presence of PTSD can make you more vulnerable to other kinds of problems. That includes a greater vulnerability to drug or alcohol addiction. When addiction occurs alongside PTSD, the result is a prime example of something called dual diagnosis. Such a diagnosis occurs whenever serious substance problems collide with an additional mental illness. Treatment for this combined condition is complex and demanding. However, it can also be successful when conducted by experienced professionals.

Arista Recovery features comprehensive PTSD dual diagnosis treatment in Kansas City. Our team of experts provides the support you need to overcome the effects of PTSD. At the same time, you receive customized help for your specific form of addiction. The end result is a coordinated, caring approach that brings lasting PTSD and addiction recovery within reach. 

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Defining Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

All people with PTSD have lived through experiences that stretch the ability to cope with stress to its limits. These experiences subject you to dangers that may include:

  • Death or the realistic possibility of death
  • Major injuries or the realistic threat of such injuries
  • Sex-related violence or the real possibility of such violence

Your exposure to these kinds of things may be direct. You may also witness them firsthand or hear about them from someone else. 

What kinds of experiences can lead to the later development of PTSD? To some extent, the answer to this question is different for different people. However, generally speaking, certain experiences are known for their ability to act as PTSD triggers. That includes such things as:

  • Childhood exposure to various forms of abuse or neglect
  • Exposure to rape or assault as an adult
  • Floods, fires and other natural disasters
  • Serious accidents 
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Combat
  • Terrorist attacks
  • The unexpected loss of someone you hold dear

To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must exhibit four kinds of symptoms 30 days or more after your experience. These symptoms include:

  • Nightmares, memories or some other unwanted reliving of your trauma
  • Avoidance of feelings, thoughts or other things that remind you of what happened to you
  • Damaging changes in your normal emotional responses and/or thought processes
  • Sleeping problems, jitteriness, recklessness or other indications of hyperarousal 

In addition, the impact of your symptoms must significantly impede your ability to function. 

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PTSD and Substance Problems – The Impact of Dual Diagnosis

PTSD and drug and alcohol disorders often go hand in hand. The degree of overlap varies from substance to substance. However, overall, roughly 25% to 50% of all people with PTSD develop problems with addiction or substance abuse. These problems may appear before you go through a traumatic experience and develop post-traumatic stress. They may also appear after you meet the criteria for PTSD. 

Why do PTSD and addiction occur together so often? The answer to this question can be complex. That’s true because there are multiple possible connections between the two conditions. Examples of these potential links include:

  • Losing some of your trauma resilience as a consequence of your substance problems
  • Using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate your PTSD symptoms
  • Being exposed to shared risk factors for both PTSD and addiction

When they occur together, addiction and PTSD can be mutually reinforcing. In other words:

  • The presence of substance problems may worsen your PTSD
  • The presence of PTSD may worsen your substance problems

This interconnected impact can interfere with your recovery in more ways than one. For instance, you may find it harder to reach initial sobriety. You may also find it harder to avoid a relapse once you do get sober. Other common, negative effects include:

  • Decreasing your ability to respond to your treatment
  • Greater difficulty functioning socially
  • Increased disruption of your high-level mental abilities
  • Higher chances of trying to kill yourself

You also have increased odds of dying prematurely. 

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Treating the Combination of PTSD and Addiction

How is PTSD-related dual diagnosis treated? At one time, it was common to begin by addressing the effects of addiction and focus on PTSD recovery later. But today, the accepted course of action is to follow a coordinated care plan that addresses both conditions.  

Assessment and Diagnosis

The first step in dual diagnosis PTSD treatment is properly diagnosing the presence of PTSD. Far too often, the illness goes undetected among people in substance rehab. Among other things, this can result in a lack of progress in your addiction recovery.


Once you’ve undergone a thorough assessment and diagnosis, your coordinated treatment can begin. The first step in this process is typically substance detox. This is where you halt your drug or alcohol use and go through withdrawal with the benefit of medical support.


Following detox, effective care in a Kansas City PTSD rehab center often begins with psychotherapy. One specific method, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is known to work for many people. 

CBT is actually a school of therapy that contains multiple treatment options. Two of these options are designed to support effective trauma recovery:

  • Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy
  • Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)

In PE therapy, you are carefully guided through situations that mimic the source of your trauma. The goal is to gradually reduce the negative impact of these situations and improve your ability to tolerate them. In CPT, you learn how to examine and evaluate thoughts that help sustain PTSD. With help from your therapist, you also learn how to change those thoughts and cultivate a healthier perspective.

In addition, you may benefit from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT began as a mental illness treatment. However, research shows that it can also help you recover from drug or alcohol problems. 


Dual diagnosis PTSD treatment in Kansas City may also include medication. Even when PTSD is not present, medicine typically plays a role in the treatment of opioid and alcohol problems. In some cases, your addiction medication may have the added benefit of supporting your PTSD recovery, as well. You may also receive medication intended to reduce your PTSD symptoms more directly.

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Turn to Arista for High-Quality Addiction and PTSD Treatment in Kansas City

By itself, PTSD can seriously impede your ability to function. When you also have a drug or alcohol problem, the total effect is usually even worse. Fortunately, you can get help for the combination of PTSD and addiction. That help is provided in a dual diagnosis program that treats both conditions in a coordinated manner.

Looking for a trusted source for addiction and PTSD treatment in Kansas City? Turn to the specialists at Arista Recovery. We feature a full slate of services for customized dual diagnosis care. We also feature a variety of supporting services that can help reinforce the benefits of your dual diagnosis treatment plan. The end result is a holistic, person-centered approach that always treats you as a unique individual. Ready to get your recovery underway? Just contact us today via phone, email or our online message form. 

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