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Trauma Rehab Centers

Getting Trauma Rehab Help

Getting Trauma Rehab HelpThose who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder may feel that their minds and bodies are no longer under their own control. A veteran returned from a war zone may react to a loud noise with extreme fear, followed by rage. The victim of a mugging may be unable to walk past the spot where it happened, even though that means taking the long way around to get to work. A rape victim can’t rid herself of obsessive thoughts of guilt and shame, going over and over the things she should have done differently. The survivor of a fire can’t sleep, because he sees flames every time he closes his eyes.

These symptoms may or may not indicate PTSD. Not everyone who undergoes a traumatic incident will need rehab. If the symptoms disappear or become infrequent within a reasonable length of time, usually four to six weeks, no treatment may be necessary. However, if symptoms abide or if there is concern that the trauma survivor may be harmful to himself or others, treatment at a residential trauma rehab center may be imperative.

How to Get Trauma Rehab Help

There are a number of resources that can help you get the trauma rehab help you need.

If you fear that you or a person you care about might be in immediate danger, call 911, take the person to the emergency room or contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. A counselor can be reached at 1–800–273–TALK (1–800–273–8255); TTY: 1–800–799–4TTY (4889).

When there is no immediate crisis, you can avail yourself of local resources. If you are a veteran, your local VA may offer rehab services, or can refer you to a treatment facility.  If you are employed, your employee assistance program can be useful. Your spiritual leader or family physician is also a resource you can use, as are local social welfare organizations and outpatient programs at nearby hospitals. You can also make use of the toll-free number provided here to get more information about rehab facilities.

Financial Help for Trauma Rehab

Residential rehab is expensive, but there are a number of ways to offset the cost. Your first action should be to check your health insurance to see whether inpatient treatment is covered. If it is not, or you don’t have health insurance, contact the trauma rehab facility directly. Many treatment centers are willing to set up a payment program so you can get the help you need, and some also offer a sliding scale based on your ability to pay.