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PTSD Treatment Center

Worthy Wellness is a leading women-only addiction and mental health treatment center located in Carlsbad, California. We focus on providing comprehensive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specifically tailored to the unique challenges and experiences faced by women. Our team is dedicated to delivering evidence-based care that is customized to individual needs.
PTSD is often closely linked to substance abuse, so we take an integrated approach to address mental health and addiction. Our serene and supportive environment, along with our holistic treatment approach, ensures that every woman who seeks our help finds a secure place to heal and regain control.
If you’d like to learn more about our PTSD treatment center in Carlsbad, we encourage you to reach out anytime.

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Understanding PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. These events are often deeply distressing or life-threatening, such as serious accidents, rape, war or combat, natural disasters, or violent personal assaults.
The condition develops as a response to the overwhelming stress of the event. The initial trigger could be direct involvement, witnessing the event, or learning that it happened to someone close to you. Your body's natural fear response is activated during the event, involving an increase in adrenaline and other stress hormones, often referred to as the fight-or-flight response.
Traumatic events can be imprinted in the brain in a way that is intense and fragmented, leading to intrusive flashbacks or nightmares in everyday life.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD symptoms can be grouped into four categories, which are:

  • Intrusive memories: Recurrent, unwanted, or distressing memories of a traumatic event, flashbacks, or nightmares.
  • Avoidance: This symptom involves avoiding thinking about the traumatic event, places, people, or activities that could remind you of it.
  • Negative thoughts and mood changes: You could feel emotionally numb and hopeless, have memory problems, and struggle to keep close relationships.
  • Physical and emotional reactions: You might be easily startled, have trouble sleeping, feel edgy, and have angry or aggressive outbursts.
  • Duration and impact: To diagnose PTSD, the symptoms must last for more than a month and be severe to the point they interfere with your daily functioning.

Risk factors for PTSD

Risk factors that influence how likely you are to develop PTSD after a traumatic event include:

  • Trauma severity: More prolonged, severe, or repeated trauma raises the risk.
  • Personal history: If you have a history of mental health conditions or previous trauma, you may be more susceptible.
  • Social support: A lack of strong support from family or friends can raise the vulnerability to develop PTSD.
  • Biological factors: Genetic predisposition and changes in brain structure and function may play a role.

At Worthy Wellness, we understand the complexities of PTSD. We are a specialized PTSD treatment center that can provide a nurturing, safe environment for women as they heal and recover.

Effects of PTSD

The Effects of PTSD on Women

In women, PTSD and its symptoms can manifest differently than in men due to biological, social, and psychological factors. Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD and are also more likely to experience certain trauma types such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault, which have a higher likelihood of leading to PTSD.

Women with PTSD often report higher levels of flashbacks and intrusive memories. They also tend to experience emotional numbing and avoidance, especially towards people, places, things, or activities that remind them of their trauma. Additionally, women with PTSD are at a greater risk than men for having comorbid conditions such as anxiety and depression. Feelings of self-blame, sadness, and guilt are more likely to occur in women.

Biological and hormonal factors can also play a role, as fluctuations in hormones can affect the frequency and severity of PTSD symptoms in women. Research shows that women may have different biological stress responses, and some studies indicate that women produce higher levels of stress hormones, including cortisol.

Other impacts of PTSD and trauma exposure on women can include:

  • PTSD can severely affect a woman’s ability to maintain healthy relationships, leading to struggles with trust, communication, and intimacy.
  • Women with PTSD may struggle with parenting because of intrusive thoughts, emotional dysregulation, and heightened anxiety. This affects the ability to bond and care for children.
  • When a woman has PTSD, she’s more at risk of chronic health issues, and it can affect reproductive health.
  • For women with PTSD, there’s more of a risk of substance abuse, which is a coping mechanism. With a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and PTSD, it requires an integrated treatment approach for both issues at the same time.
  • The social stigma surrounding mental health, paired with feelings of guilt and shame, can prevent women from getting needed health, and women may have constraints to getting treatment because of financial limitations or lack of childcare.

These are all things we deeply understand at our PTSD treatment center in Carlsbad. We recognize the particular ways PTSD affects women and offer tailored treatment programs to address specific needs.

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Dual Diagnosis

The Link Between PTSD and Addiction

At Worthy Wellness, we are not only a PTSD treatment center. We also treat other co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

PTSD and addiction are closely related to one another and often co-occur in people who have experienced significant trauma. By understanding how PTSD contributes to addiction and why it’s necessary to treat both conditions at the same time, you can find an effective recovery program for your needs.

There are three primary ways that PTSD contributes to addiction.

  • Self-medication: If you have untreated PTSD, you might turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with your symptoms. Substance use can provide temporary relief, but in the long run, it can worsen symptoms. Substances can trigger overwhelming emotions linked with PTSD, like anger, fear, and sadness, eventually creating a dangerous cycle of dependency.
  • Changes in brain chemistry and a heightened brain response: PTSD can alter your brain chemistry and affect neurotransmitters that are involved in stress response and mood regulation. These changes can make you more susceptible to addiction as you seek substances to restore balance or feelings of pleasure temporarily. PTSD can lead to an elevated stress response, and you might use substances to self-regulate.
  • Behavioral factors: People with PTSD often engage in avoidance behaviors to dodge being reminded of their trauma, and substance use can be part of that as a way to dissociate from traumatic memories or temporarily forget them.
At Worthy Wellness, we can treat PTSD and other co-occurring conditions at the same time. An integrated approach provides comprehensive healing, starting at the root causes of both conditions.
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Why Choose Worthy Wellness Center?

Nestled in sunny San Diego, we’re all about feeling safe enough to open up. We’re in it together, building trust step by step. Once that happens, we’re right beside each client, cheering them on to embrace a life of sobriety, honesty, and integrity. With our experienced crew and passion for women’s recovery, we’re the go-to facility for women’s-only addiction care.

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Costs And Insurance Coverage For Women’s Treatment

Everyone deserves access to exceptional care, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we’ve partnered with a wide range of insurance providers to ensure that our services are as accessible as possible. Our admissions team will work with you to navigate insurance claims and benefits so you can focus on what truly matters – your health and well-being. We accept all out of network insurance as well as cash pay and accept referrals from detox and residential facilities. Let us take care of the paperwork while you embark on your journey to wellness.
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Worthy Wellness Can Help With PTSD Treatment Services

If you’re searching for a PTSD treatment center, contact Worthy Wellness. Our integrated approach includes trauma-informed care and programs designed for dual diagnosis. Our specialized treatment plans reduce the risk of relapse and can improve your quality of life. Contact us to learn more.

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Worthy Wellness is beautiful center in a perfect location. This safe spaces provides treatment to women by an amazing staff that really cares. I would highly recommend this location to my family members or friends. The staff is extremely attentive and compassionate. This is exactly where you want to be for healing. Five stars!!!

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