The time has come for those living with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and addiction in the Seattle, Washington metropolitan area to finally receive proper treatment for both their mental health disorder and drug dependency issues. Problems in the US Department of Veteran's Affairs hospital system have left many veterans with a lack of confidence in the treatment available for their disorder. Many of those who are aware of their issue, look to drugs or alcohol to subdue their condition because in fear of possibly of turning themselves over to a failing health system. Over time this can lead to abuse and drug dependency. Veterans and other victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), deserve treatment, but many are unsure of the approach that will offer them the most success.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is categorized as a mental disorder by SAHMSA and other health associations. Even though individuals with PTSD only account for a small percentage of abuse and trauma victims, they unfortunately experience the more extreme symptoms. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, anxiety, sleeplessness, traumatic flashbacks, and strong negative beliefs about life or one's self.
The ACA and subsequent parity acts created new options of hospitalization for drug addiction, drug dependency, alcoholism and dual diagnosis for the providers offering mental health credits. There are also new Medicaid regulations that allow drug treatment and treatment for other addiction and mental health disorders. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act "...requires insurance groups which offer coverage for mental health and substance use disorders to provide the same level of benefits that they do for general medical treatment." As a result, those suffering from addiction, substance abuse or a mental disorder can access beneficial treatment to begin their path towards a positive change. This will open doors to dual diagnosis treatment for addiction and PTSD under insurance providers that cover mental health issues and for the Medicaid recipients.
The Seattle Drug Treatment Centers' new campaign for PTSD and dual diagnosis will direct its' efforts towards bringing awareness to the area's veteran population, rape crisis centers, and battered women's advocacy groups. The Centers' goal is to provide the public with knowledge that will not only help them to better understand what a diagnosis of PTSD means, but also inform victims of how to find a treatment program that meets their insurance and financial requirements. It is important that the public is made aware of the ACA's new parity regulations governing addiction and chronic mental health disorders so that they can find treatment to reverse any issues relating to trauma or drug dependency.
Those living in the Seattle, Washington area who have a dual diagnosis involving PTSD and addiction, or that are aware they have a substance abuse issue and would like to seek help from a drug treatment centers or alcohol rehabs that also treats PTSD, will receive the help they deserve for their condition. The Drug Rehab Treatment Centers Seattle want to let people know that if they can bring themselves to ask for help, the centers will find a way to make that help a reality. Having any form of a dual diagnosis is difficult, especially when coupled with something as dangerous as PTSD. From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
"The demanding environments of military life and experiences of combat, during which many veterans experience psychological distress, can be further complicated by substance use and related disorders. Many service members face such critical issues as trauma, suicide, homelessness, and/or involvement with the criminal justice system. Approximately 18.5% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, and 19.5% report experiencing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during deployment."
Those in the Seattle Washington area that are suffering from PTSD and drug or alcohol addiction, can call into the center for a confidential evaluation by one of their many specialists or counselors.
The Seattle Drug Treatment Centers can be contacted at 601 Union Street, Suite 4200, Seattle, WA 98101. For additional information about the center, visit SeattleDrugTreatmentCenters.com or call (206) 508-1364 to speak to someone about issues that you or someone close to you may have with drugs or alcohol.