PTSD Awareness Day June 27
Untreated PTSD Often Leads to Alcohol or Substance Abuse
Good News: PTSD Treatment Works!
PTSD Awareness Day – June 27 of Each Year
PTSD Awareness Day has been designated as June 27 of each year.
Fortunately, there are options for treating PTSD. For many people, effective treatments make symptoms less intense or get rid of symptoms altogether.
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some individuals can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Traumatic experiences can include a life-threatening event, like combat. a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age.
Please Know: You Are Not Alone and Treatment Works.
PTSD Awareness – You Are Not Alone
To increase PTSD awareness, taking the VA self-screen is a first step to recovery. The self-screen results are not a substitute for a medical diagnosis and care.
If you’re thinking about harming yourself, or would like emotional support, help is available 24/7:
New Start Recovery Solutions is a VA Community Care Provider
We are in-network with TriWest, in coordination with Sierra Health and Wellness Group.
We provide behavioral health, PTSD and addiction recovery treatment for veterans and those in the military.
The VA provides care to Veterans through community providers when the VA cannot provide the care needed. Community care is based on specific eligibility requirements, availability of VA care, and the needs and circumstances of individual Veterans.
VA Community Care Process
1. Eligibility – VA confirms Veteran’s eligibility to receive community care.
2. Appointments – Veteran or VA staff member schedules appointment with a community care provider.
3. Getting Care – Veteran receives care from a community care provider in the VA network.
4. Billing – Community care provider sends bill to a Third Party Administrator or to the VA for payment.
PTSD Awareness – VA Self-Screening Test
The self-screen on the VA website can help you find out if your feelings and behaviors may be related to PTSD.
Only a trained provider can diagnose PTSD. Your responses are private and secure—they are not collected or shared.
Do not take the self-screen for someone else. If you are concerned that someone you care about might have PTSD, please share this link with them instead.
Northern California VA Services
Women Veteran Resources Northern California
• Women Veterans Health Care – VA
• Center for Women Veterans (CWV) – VA
• Transition and Care Management (OEF/OIF/OND) – VA
• VA Programs to End Homelessness Among Women Veterans
• Volunteers of America Veteran Resources, Sacramento Area
• Swords to Plowshares
• National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
• CA Veterans Assistance Foundation
VA PTSD Resources
• National Center for PTSD
• PTSD Basics: National Center for PTSD
• VA PTSD: About Face – Follow Veterans as they share their experiences with three types of therapy that are proven to work: Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
Veteran PTSD Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Studies show PTSD and substance use problems are strongly related in people who served in the military; and in civilians. Some people try to cope with PTSD symptoms by drinking heavily, using drugs, or smoking too much.
The Good News: Treatment Works.
New Start Recovery Solutions evidence-based integrated treatment for veterans targets both the PTSD and alcohol or substance abuse at the same time.
PTSD symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety or intrusive thoughts about the event. Most people who experience traumatic events have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping.
If trauma symptoms get worse – or last more than 3 months and interfere with day-to-day functioning: you may have PTSD.
Among veterans from all eras, symptoms of PTSD have been strongly associated with hazardous drinking and/or substance abuse. Alcohol or drug abuse decreases overall health – and increases the difficulties in readjusting to civilian life. A dual diagnosis of co-occurring PTSD and alcohol or drug abuse is more serious than PTSD alone.
The good news: evidence based integrated dual diagnosis treatment is effective.
PTSD Awareness – Symptoms of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event.
But sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms can cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. PTSD symptoms can interfere with the ability to go about normal daily tasks.
Symptoms can vary over time. And, PTSD symptoms also vary from person to person.
PTSD Symptoms are Grouped into Four Types:
• Intrusive memories.
• Negative changes in thinking and mood.
• Hypervigilance and/or changes in physical and emotional reactions.
Northern California Veteran Dual Diagnosis PTSD and Addiction Treatment
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