Lucent's Comprehensive Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment


Understanding, Support, and Treatment for PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or traumatic event. At Lucent Recovery and Wellness, we recognize the profound impact PTSD can have on an individual’s life and are committed to providing comprehensive support and effective treatment options.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is characterized by a range of symptoms that can occur after exposure to a traumatic event. These symptoms are typically grouped into four categories:

Changes in Reactivity and Arousal

Hypervigilance and heightened reactivity are common symptoms of PTSD, as the individual remains on high alert for potential threats. They may experience exaggerated startle responses, constantly scanning their environment for signs of danger. Irritability, anger outbursts, and difficulty concentrating are also prevalent, making it challenging to focus on tasks or interact with others in a calm and constructive manner. Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or nightmares, further exacerbate feelings of exhaustion and emotional instability.

Intrusive Memories

One of the hallmark symptoms of PTSD is the intrusion of distressing memories from the traumatic event into everyday life. These memories may surface as vivid flashbacks, where the individual feels as though they are reliving the traumatic experience. Nightmares related to the event can disrupt sleep and contribute to feelings of fear and anxiety. Additionally, intrusive thoughts or images may arise unexpectedly, triggering intense emotional and physical reactions such as panic attacks or dissociative episodes.


Individuals with PTSD often go to great lengths to avoid anything that reminds them of the traumatic event. This avoidance can extend to places, people, activities, or even thoughts associated with the trauma. They may avoid discussing the event or refuse to engage in activities they once enjoyed out of fear of triggering distressing memories. This avoidance behavior can lead to social isolation, further exacerbating feelings of loneliness and disconnection.

Negative changes in thinking and mood

PTSD can profoundly alter an individual’s worldview and sense of self. They may develop negative beliefs about themselves, others, or the world in general. Feelings of guilt, shame, or worthlessness are common, along with a pervasive sense of hopelessness about the future. Emotional numbness and detachment from loved ones can also occur, making it challenging to form or maintain meaningful relationships. In some cases, individuals may turn to substance abuse or self-destructive behaviors as a way to cope with their emotional pain.


While PTSD can develop after any traumatic event, certain factors may increase the risk of developing this condition, such as:

  • Directly experiencing or witnessing the traumatic event.
  • Having a job that increases the risk of being exposed to traumatic events, such as military personnel and first responders.
  • Having other mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.
  • Lacking a good support system of family and friends.
  • Having a history of substance abuse.


While PTSD is often viewed as a singular condition, it actually encompasses several types. Understanding these types can help in providing more targeted treatment. Here's a brief overview:


Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) share similarities but differ in duration. ASD develops shortly after a traumatic event and lasts up to one month, while PTSD symptoms persist for longer. Both involve intrusive memories, avoidance, negative mood changes, and heightened arousal, often requiring professional intervention.


Typically follows exposure to a single traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, accident, or assault. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.


Develops from chronic or repeated trauma over months or years, often in situations where escape is not possible. It includes symptoms of classic PTSD, along with additional issues like difficulty controlling emotions, distrust in others, and feelings of hopelessness.


Occurs when PTSD co-exists with other mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. Treatment often requires addressing both PTSD and the co-occurring condition.


Lucent Recovery and Wellness offers a variety of treatment options tailored to the specific needs of individuals with PTSD. Our treatments focus on reducing symptoms, improving coping strategies, and restoring a sense of control. Treatment options include:


Including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Ego State Therapy, Post Induction Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.


To help manage symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.


Providing a space for sharing experiences and coping strategies with others who have similar experiences.

Our Approach to PTSD Care

Our team of compassionate and skilled professionals is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for recovery. We focus on empowering individuals with the tools and strategies they need to regain control of their lives and move forward. If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms of PTSD, Lucent Recovery and Wellness is here to help. We invite you to reach out to us to learn more about our treatment programs and how we can support you in your journey towards healing and recovery.