PTSD Recovery Program (temporarily suspended during COVID travel restrictions)
This 2-week residential program has been specifically developed to help veterans and first responders who suffer from the effects of PTSD and now need help to lead a life free from anxiety, stress and depression.
You may have noticed that you have changed. You are not the same. You may have felt it yourself and you may have heard from your loved ones, “You’ve changed”. There are five ways that you have been transformed as a result of your tour of duty or other traumatic experience.
Physically, your body feels different and reacts in a different way than before.
Emotionally you have transformed. You have different emotions and deal with them in different ways than before.
What you think and how you think have transformed. You spend more time thinking about threat assessments, potential danger in normal civilian places, and are thinking about your surroundings in ways you didn't previously.
Socially you have changed. You don't tolerate or trust the relationships and relaxation that you used to.
Spiritually you have changed. Your beliefs, spirituality, faith in people, sense of fairness in life, and trust in goodness in people or in life has transformed.
When you have transformed and then come back to your home, community, and social networks you used to live in, who understands how you are different? Who sees it? Who has your back? You may feel alone and misunderstood. When you don't feel understood you don't feel safe, even though you are back in your home. You know you are different and no one else has changed or transformed. This creates a constant awareness that you are alone and don't trust others or yourself. You don't know what might set you off or what you might do. Now you go on high alert to anything that could signal danger: A crowd at the shopping mall, waiting in a long line to check out at a grocery store, a spouse who wants to be close and asks questions, kids who are noisy or who do not put their things away, a noise at night, a driver who passes you or cuts you off, a cashier who is not fully attending to the job or giving you respect. All these normal civilian world experiences take on different meanings and your reaction to them is one of danger.
While on duty your arousal system constantly warned you of danger. Your senses became more acute. You saw more clearly, heard better, had increased awareness in all of your senses because your life depended on it. Now, that same arousal system gives you the same message. You are alone and not safe. You don’t discriminate between the danger you were in and the multitude of problems inherent in civilian life. As a result, you react to all kinds of situations as if they are actually dangerous and you stay on guard, anxious, vigilant, watchful, not letting anyone get close to you, and end up feeling distant, different, unprotected, alone, and not safe. That is what we mean when we say that PTSD is a condition of the present, not the past. That is the PTSD we will treat in this program. We will focus on how PTSD has taken over your life and how your anxiety prevents you from doing things that you are actually capable of doing and enjoying. We will work on improving your quality of life by developing skills so you can handle anything that happens today. After all, today you are not in combat, and compared to combat, today is a piece of cake.
PTSD is treatable. There are a number of interventions available that have been shown to markedly reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of PTSD. This is not a condition you need to live with forever and our PTSD Recovery Program can help.
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No GP referral required
The PTSD Recovery Program is not funded by the RSL, DVA or Medicare, however many private health insurance funds may provide rebates. Please check with yours.