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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition in which the individual may experience symptoms such as, but are not limited to, vivid flashbacks, emotional distress, and uncontrollable thoughts about a terrifying or traumatic event. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, an accident or an experience associated with violence, PTSD can arise from a variety of different sources. The inability to manage the constant, cognitive reliving of the event is often times what will lead an individual to seek substances. Alternatively, the individual may want to avoid situations and thoughts related to the past, which can be done consciously or subconsciously.

In a number of cases, the individual will become addicted to their drug of choice because they have used this method to cope with and disassociate from their past. PTSD may also manifest itself as other mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. An individual may experience anxious or depressive thoughts when thinking about the event.

Addiction takes many tolls on an individual’s life such as decreased physical health and the deterioration of healthy relationships. It is also important to understand how mental health plays a role in active addiction. The process of addiction can often operate in a cyclical manner, as it relates to mental health. Certain life experience can evoke emotions and cognitions that may produce a mental health illness, such as anxiety or depression. In order to cope with these feelings, the individual may turn to drugs or alcohol, which then can lead to engaging in risky behaviours or situations and continue the cycle of mental health deterioration.

ptsd treatments at addiction rehab toronto

PTSD Treatment at Addiction Rehab Toronto

At Addiction Rehab Toronto, you are not alone in the struggles of Mental Health – we work with the individual to create a client-centred approach to Addiction Recovery treatment that addresses and validates Mental Health.

Our Clincial Team performs trauma-informed support and therapy. A part of our comprehensive scope of practice is understanding the root of addiction and how it may relate to previous, traumatic experiences. We focus on a variety of therapeutic strategies with the clinical goal of helping the client to process and manage trauma.

Addiction Rehab Toronto strives to treat Addiction from a holistic and client-centred perspective that encompasses biopsychosocial components of Mental Health. The clinical Team focuses on the underlying mental health concerns and how the client can best address their cognitive functioning. Our team of addiction therapy specialist, psychotherapist, and clinical staff collaborate each day on how to meet and treat the unique mental health needs of every client. Techniques for coping with mental illness vary widely and can include strategies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and psychoeducation. Addiction Rehab Toronto looks at each client on an individual basis to best develop a personalized treatment plan.

Mental Health and Mental Health well-ness mean taking care of your mind, and soul. It’s about focusing on mental health, mindfulness, and counselling. Through active addiction, the brain becomes impaired. A specialized Addiction treatment plan utilizes an array of programming, methods, and activities to help rewire the brain to focus on individuals mental well-being and sobriety.

Mental, Physical and Spiritual support services offered include:

  • One on One counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness through Yoga, Reiki, Walks, Breathing Techniques, Independent Reflections, and Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Anger Management Programming
  • Stress Management Programming
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness through our gym, outdoor walks, recreational activities, and fitness boot camps
  • And more.

For so long, individuals have been burdened with the idea that being emotional and being vulnerable means being weak, but it’s important to embrace emotions as a key part of the addiction recovery process. Our Addiction treatment programming provides individuals with programming, methods, and activities that promote emotions as valid and wanted.

Emotional support services offered include:

  • One on One Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy through weekly Programming on Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Communications, Self-Esteem, Codependency, Values, Grief and Loss, Stages of Change, Self-Love, Loneliness, and much more
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Fitness Therapy such as Yoga, Reiki, and Maui Thai
  • Outdoor campfire
  • Onsite Therapy Do
  • Feelings Wheel
  • Journalling
  • And more.

It’s important to integrate family into each individual’s addiction recovery. As part of our treatment programming, we offer weekly Family Support days in which family members sit with their loved ones and a counsellor to have open and honest conversations about Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Recovery, Relapse Prevention, Support, Codependency, Healthy Boundaries, Communication, and Moving Forward in Recovery. As these factors intersect, we can better understand Mental Health in these aspects. In addition, on Sundays, when individuals are allocated time offsite, there is an emphasis on the importance of spending this time with family, friends, and loved ones that are a positive support system for a collective goal of sobriety and addiction recovery.

Support System Services offered include:

  • Community Outings
  • Group Therapy
  • Sober Living
  • Family Therapy
  • Programming that focuses on: support systems, relapse prevention, situational triggers, codependency, and relationships
  • Aftercare
  • Family Support Day
  • Constant communication between Counsellor and Family members
  • Alumni Groups
  • And more.

Our treatment incorporates individuals’ mental health well-being even after completing onsite treatment. We offer individuals an Aftercare program. Phase III is a 14-week outpatient program that helps prevent relapse and assist with the further development of problem-solving and coping skills required in day to day recovery. The Aftercare program allows individuals to identify their needs after their stay because the work of Addiction recovery is significantly enhanced with participation in an extended follow-up Aftercare program. Within Aftercare, individuals will work with our Addiction Specialized counsellors to continuously support through any distress on an individual’s mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

PTSD – You are Not Alone

At Addiction Rehab Toronto, we advocate a mental health stigma-free world. We are actively involved in the conversations about Addiction, Addiction stigma and how they work together to stigmatize Mental Health. We pride ourselves in being an inclusive, safe, and non-judgmental space. We understand we only scratched the surface with Mental Health. Our Clinical Team is aware of how PTSD can take control of our lives, as even though we may not always be able to wish it away, we will be by your side, supporting each step of Addiction Recovery and Mental Health. You are not alone and we are ready, and wanting to listen.

For information on our PTSD treatment, please give us a call at 1-855-787-2424, or email us at We’ll be happy to help you.

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