Complex PTSD Treatment Centers

Purpose Healing Center offers a variety of programs and therapies that can be personalized for you or a loved one who needs help recovering from CPTSD.

Evidence-Based Programs for PTSD and CPTSD at Purpose Healing 

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, or C-PTSD, can impact every part of your life. The effects of previous trauma can interfere with work, school, mental health, physical health, and how you connect with other people.

You might walk through daily life feeling overwhelmed, down, unsure of yourself, or like it’ll never get better. Even if you don’t know why, you might notice emotional instability and relationship problems.

However, it’s entirely possible to treat complex trauma. Having PTSD or C-PTSD is not a personal fault. The symptoms you experience are a response to traumatic events, and our trauma treatment center programs at Purpose can help.

Choosing the right treatment center is vital and can make a major difference in your experience. Not all treatment centers know how to address complex trauma. Facilities, treatment approaches, and general attitudes among staff can vary greatly. So, what should you know?

The team of mental health professionals at Purpose Healing Center are experts in complex trauma treatment. If you have a C-PTSD diagnosis or think that you have complex PTSD, this blog post is for you.

First, let’s discuss what complex trauma means, the similarities and differences between C-PTSD and PTSD, and important considerations for complex PTSD treatment. Then, we’ll talk about what Purpose Healing Center can do to support trauma recovery for you or your loved one!

What is Complex Trauma?

Complex trauma refers to repeated or prolonged trauma. An example of repeated trauma that might lead to complex PTSD is recurring sexual abuse. Prolonged trauma may refer to continuous events like ongoing childhood neglect or abuse.

PTSD can be caused by witnessing or experiencing any type of traumatic event, whereas complex PTSD is caused by complex trauma.

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C-PTSD vs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

C-PTSD and PTSD share many similarities, but there are also notable differences. In addition to how complex trauma can vary in the type or length of traumatic event(s), the effects may differ, which is largely what separates complex PTSD from PTSD.

What are the Similarities Between PTSD and C-PTSD ?

People with complex PTSD can have all of the same symptoms as those with PTSD. People with both PTSD and C-PTSD may experience mood disturbance, impaired daily life functioning, avoidance symptoms, sleep problems, and re-experiencing symptoms like flashbacks, painful memories, or emotional distress when thinking of a traumatic event.

And the Differences Between PTSD and C-PTSD?

The main distinction between PTSD and complex PTSD as conditions is that people with C-PTSD may have additional symptoms. On top of typical PTSD symptoms, a person with complex PTSD might also face more extensive challenges with the following:

  • Emotion regulation: complex PTSD can lead to intense emotional reactions, whether those reactions are internal or external.
  • Identity or sense of self: An unstable identity or an intense negative view of oneself may impact people with C-PTSD. People with C-PTSD might have trouble getting in touch with who they are, what they think, or if those things are “okay.” Self-destructive behavior can be more likely.
  • Interpersonal relationships: People with complex PTSD often have trouble building or maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.

C-PTSD symptoms can be more severe, and some aspects of the healing process can be more complex. Effective complex trauma treatment should be comprehensive, helping clients both process traumatic experiences and address the impacts of trauma.

Treatment Considerations for PTSD and C-PTSD

For comprehensive treatment of trauma, it is critical to consider all of the ways that traumatic events can impact a person. Providers should be aware of any co-occurring mental health condition a person has when treating trauma so that they can consider a client’s full spectrum of needs.

Purpose Healing Center screens for co-occurring disorders during the admissions process. We’ll also ask you questions such as how long you’ve experienced PTSD or C-PTSD symptoms. That way, we’ll know how to best support you.

Other Mental Health Disorders and Trauma

Most people with PTSD or C-PTSD have one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. In fact, statistics show that about 80 percent of people with post-traumatic stress disorder have one or more additional mental health diagnoses.

Some of the most common co-occurring disorders for people with post-traumatic stress disorder include depression, sleep disturbances, substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Physical health problems, anger, borderline personality disorder, and dissociation are also more likely among those with a PTSD or C-PTSD diagnosis. Examples of physical health symptoms that can occur in trauma survivors include but are not limited to body aches and headaches.

When you seek treatment for complex trauma, you may notice that your physical symptoms alleviate alongside social, psychological, and emotional trauma symptoms.

Treating Complex PTSD and Substance Abuse Effectively

What if you’re among those with PTSD or C-PTSD who have a substance use disorder or might? You’re not alone. Almost half of people with PTSD meet the criteria for a substance use disorder at some point in their lives.

Alcohol and drug abuse can be a way to self-medicate. When applicable, a complex PTSD treatment center must address addiction and mental health concerns at the same time. Treating substance abuse and other mental health concerns at the same time is associated with better recovery outcomes, including a greater likelihood of long-term sobriety.

In addition to treating PTSD or C-PTSD, Purpose Healing Center provides substance abuse treatment. Our dual diagnosis programs are an ideal solution for clients who need to treat complex PTSD and addiction.

Treatment for PTSD and C-PTSD at Purpose Healing Center

Treatment for PTSD

What else makes our trauma treatment programs special? In addition to our dual diagnosis services and extensive experience treating complex PTSD symptoms, here are some of the features that make Purpose Healing Center the #1 choice for trauma treatment in Arizona.

A Homelike Environment

Having a comfortable space to overcome complex trauma matters. Our welcoming treatment center is designed to help your nervous system feel safe so that you can do the healing work required to overcome the symptoms that affect your life.

Clients in residential mental health treatment at Purpose Healing Center benefit from comfortable rooms, delicious meals, recreation activities, and on-site amenities. Many clients in residential inpatient treatment at Purpose stay for 30, 60, or 90 days. 

Treatment for complex PTSD needs to allow enough time to heal and build new patterns. The length of your treatment stay will differ based on your needs. 

Evidence-Based Treatments in All That We Do

There is extensive research on the treatment of C-PTSD and PTSD. Much of what this research shows is which treatments work best for PTSD and C-PTSD. Purpose Healing Center uses a range of evidence-based therapies and treatments for mental health conditions, trauma, and substance abuse, including but not limited to the following.

  • Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.
  • Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP).
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Medication Management.
  • Stress Management.
  • Holistic Therapies.

Clients in our programs attend regular group therapy, process groups, individual therapy sessions, and other treatments. As part of our commitment to individualized care, all Purpose Healing Center clients get personalized treatment plans. 

Our Programs and Accredited Approaches

Purpose Healing Center offers inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient for trauma, and detox programs in Arizona. This allows you to get the level of support you need as a unique person.

For example, if you need to continue obligations like work or school while in treatment, you might opt for one of our outpatient programs. Alternatively, if you need help getting off of substances before you enter another program (e.g., inpatient treatment) for complex PTSD and addiction at Purpose, you might start with detox.

Knowing that it’s associated with optimal treatment outcomes, we take a whole-person approach to trauma, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. Our trauma treatment programs are here to help you build coping skills, confidence, and a positive relationship with yourself and your mind.

Using Your Health Insurance Coverage for Rehab Costs

Health insurance can help you pay for complex PTSD treatment. Purpose Healing Center accepts a wide range of health insurance plans. When you contact us about treatment, we can check on your insurance coverage for free.

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Get Help for Trauma at Purpose Healing Center in Arizona

If you’re looking for a complex PTSD treatment center, you’re in the right place. Purpose Healing Center is a leading choice for trauma treatment in Arizona.

To learn more about trauma treatment at Purpose Healing Center or start the admissions process, call the phone number on our website today. We’re here for you, 24/7.

FAQs Regarding Complex PTSD Treatment Centers

What is the best treatment for Complex PTSD?

Research shows that Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy are effective treatments for complex PTSD. Other therapies, like Trauma-Focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), are also research-backed trauma treatments.

It may be worthwhile to note that these therapies are also effective for substance abuse and other mental health conditions that frequently affect trauma survivors.

In some cases, medication treatments can benefit survivors alongside talk therapy. For example, if anxiety symptoms like panic attacks, medical professionals may recommend anti-anxiety medications.

The best complex PTSD treatment for one person might not be the right match for another. That’s why our complex PTSD treatment programs take an individualized approach.

What are the risk factors for C-PTSD?

While not all trauma survivors have PTSD, anyone who has experienced one or more traumatic events can develop PTSD. The biggest risk factor for C-PTSD is complex trauma.

Other risk factors for PTSD and complex PTSD include facing multiple traumas vs. a single traumatic event and experiencing trauma early in life. Family history and personal history of another mental illness may also make a PTSD diagnosis more likely.

What are the 17 symptoms of C-PTSD?

symptoms of C-PTSD

The 17 symptoms of PTSD refer to symptoms commonly experienced among those with the disorder. Not everyone experiences C-PTSD or PTSD the same, so you might resonate with most symptoms rather than all of them. If you have C-PTSD, you might notice signs such as the following:

  • An exaggerated startle response.
  • Engaging in harmful or reckless behaviors (e.g., self-harm, substance abuse, smoking, or reckless driving).
  • Negative feelings or beliefs. These often manifest as feeling unable to trust other people, as though no one is safe, like no one understands, suicidal thoughts, or persistent feelings of anger, guilt, or shame.
  • Hyperarousal, which can manifest through jitteriness, trouble relaxing, or feeling as though you’re always alert, as though you must be on the lookout for danger.
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions.
  • Irritability or angry outbursts.
  • Self-isolation or distancing from others.
  • Memory deficits.
  • Intrusive thoughts.
  • Avoidance symptoms (e.g., avoiding thoughts, places, people, and things that remind you of the traumatic event).
  • Distorted blame.
  • Negative thoughts about oneself or the world.
  • Nightmares.
  • Intrusive thoughts.
  • Loss of interest in activities.
  • Insomnia or sleep disturbance.
  • Flashbacks.

PTSD is diagnosed according to the criteria in the most recent edition of the DSM or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Updates to the DSM continue to differentiate PTSD from C-PTSD and may change the criteria for the condition to better reflect the variety of individual experiences.




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