Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that is sparked by an individual experiencing a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events. The distress that results from PTSD can have a tremendously negative impact on a person’s ability to function in the same way that he or she did prior to going through the tumultuous event. People who suffer from PTSD often experience vivid flashbacks that make them feel as though they are reliving the event, intense nightmares, severe anxiety, and chronic, intrusive thoughts about the event itself. While the effects of PTSD can be devastating, there is a way to win the battle again the symptoms you are experiencing, and the staff at Red River Hospital wants to help you find that relief.
Red River Hospital is a 74-bed psychiatric and addiction treatment center located in Wichita Falls, Texas. For over four decades, we have remained steadfast in our diligence to improve the lives of those who entrust us with their care. Through individualized treatment plans, the highly trained and qualified staff at Red River Hospital assist those who are in need of services for behavioral health concerns, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. By separating our hospital into four distinct units, we are able to successfully meet the needs of all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. We are also proud to offer a specialized military heroes unit for our United States Service Members. At Red River, we know how all-consuming the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can be and we want to guide you as you develop the tools you need to start to rebuild your life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Just knowing that a family member or loved one has gone through a traumatic event can be heart-breaking. Watching him or her develop symptoms PTSD as a result of that event can lead to even greater feelings of pain as you feel helpless to comfort him or her. The most important thing that you can do for your loved one is to offer unconditional support. As part of that support, it would be wise to encourage him or her to seek out professional help because, when continued to go untreated, the symptoms of
PTSD are likely to become more intense. Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching your loved one about the idea to get help:
- First, educate yourself about PTSD. Learning about how it can affect people in the long-term will aid you when making your case as to why you feel he or she should get treatment.
- Second, research different treatment options that you can present to your loved one.
- Third, discuss all of the benefits that can result from receiving treatment.
- Fourth, acknowledge the limitations of therapy.
- Lastly, remain patient. Even when your loved one has started treatment, the healing process takes time and he or she will continue to need your support.
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
If you are suffering from PTSD, you may be feeling as though you will never find relief from the symptoms that are causing you so much anguish. You may find that many different areas of your life have been negatively affected. You may experience difficulty concentrating as your thoughts seem to be clouded by memories of the traumatic event. You may have difficulty interacting socially because you feel isolated from those who have not experienced trauma. You may even find it difficult to leave your home as you feel overwhelmed by fear about the possibility that something negative will occur, or feel anxiety about experiencing a flashback of the event. But life does not have to be this way. With proper treatment, you can overcome your symptoms and regain control over your life.
An inpatient treatment program can be extremely beneficial in helping to treat individuals suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. These programs provide a safe and nurturing environment where people can receive instant support when experiencing flashbacks, having nightmares, or experiencing intrusive thoughts and memories of their traumas. By entering an inpatient program, individuals are also able to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives where they have to fight through their symptoms and instead focus solely on getting well. Additionally, there are likely to be other individuals who are experiencing similar struggles who can offer support as well. These programs can help rebuild the sense of safety that was stolen by the experience of going through a traumatic event.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life seems to have spiraled out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital is here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others and actively express encouragement as individuals work towards achieving their goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person who comes through our doors with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with every facet of information that they need to get better, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that those who comes to us for care leave our center with the confidence they need to continue on their path to a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River
Red River Hospital provides assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge. These assessments are conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by a team member or supervisor. If it is determined that we will be able to fully meet the patient’s needs, one of our physicians will be contacted and the admissions process will begin. Our dedicated multidisciplinary treatment team and psychiatric staff provide medical management and various therapies designed to encompass all of the needs of all of our patients. We utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques as part of our inpatient program, including the following:
Detoxification: When patients come to Red River and are struggling with chemical dependency concerns, we provide a 5-7 day stay in our detox unit. Here, every individual receives 24 hour monitoring by a team of nurses as his or her body becomes cleansed of any toxic substances that are present. For those who have post-traumatic stress disorder, but are also dependent upon substances, detox marks the beginning of the therapeutic process. To learn more about this process, please see our detoxification program page.
Medication management: Medication may be used as part of the treatment process for helping people who have PTSD in order to help manage feelings of anxiety and depression. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure that the medications that have been prescribed are working as they should and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Red River’s inpatient programs are group-focused, with a variety of groups being held daily. Some of the topics that are covered in these groups include effective communication skills, appropriate assertive behavior skills, anger management, conflict resolution, and medication management. On our progressive care unit, additional groups and activities are held in order to assist in reality orientation.
Family therapy: At Red River, we see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses not only impact the life of the individual who has the disorder, but the lives of each patient’s family members as well. We believe that if the family is not involved, then the changes that are made during the treatment process will not be carried over into the home environment. As a result, we encourage family sessions to occur on a regular basis in all units and can be done via telephone if necessary. On our child and adolescent unit, at least one family session is required prior to the patient’s discharge.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week.
Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities such as physical therapy and yoga.
Daily school is provided for all of our child and adolescent patients. There is an onsite school room and lessons are led by our public school district’s teachers.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, we begin planning for discharge the moment patients enter the hospital. This plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that, when the time for discharge arrives, the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. We believe that aftercare is a major part of treatment, so we ensure that the unique needs of each individual will be cared for, whether that be a step down into our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP), or being provided with referrals for traditional outpatient services. For patients who require a structured plan in order to return to life’s daily routines, Red River also provides onsite therapy through our Pathways program which includes coping skills training and supervised medication management. Whatever your needs may be, our caring and compassionate staff will make sure that you are comfortable and confident as you embark on your next stage of recovery.
Helping Residents of TX and OK for 40+ Years
Our location in Wichita Falls allows us to conveniently help residents of Southern Oklahoma cities like Lawton and Duncan in addition to nearby Texas cities like Burkburnett. Call the number below to begin the process of recovery.