PTSD Treatment Center in Riverside, CA

Sunrise Ranch provides PTSD treatment rooted in a science-based, research-supported clinical model to ensure a healthier, more satisfying life, without addiction.

PTSD Treatment

Learn more about PTSD treatment at Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, CA

Post-traumatic stress disorder, which is also commonly referred to as PTSD, is a mental health disorder that develops in the aftermath of exposure to one or more traumatic events. Individuals who develop PTSD may experience a variety of distressing symptoms, including recurrent unpleasant memories, powerful nightmares, and dissociative reactions. PTSD can also prompt involuntary alterations in a person’s attitude, mood, and perception. When a person who is already dealing with an addiction to alcohol or another drug develops PTSD, the cumulative impact of these two conditions can be particularly devastating. The psychological pain that is associated with PTSD may push the person deeper into substance abuse, which can, in turn, exacerbate the symptoms of the PTSD, thus creating a destructive cycle of self-defeating behaviors.

At Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, California, we understand the degree to which post-traumatic stress disorder can affect virtually all areas of a person’s life, and we have considerable experience working with men and women at our treatment center who are struggling with a substance use disorder and co-occurring PTSD. This experience has enabled us to create specialized rehabilitation programming that provides comprehensive solutions for people whose chemical dependency is accompanied by PTSD.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for PTSD

The symptoms of PTSD can be distressing not only to the person who is experiencing them, but also to the afflicted individual’s loved ones. If you care about someone who has developed post-traumatic stress disorder, then you already know how difficult this experience can be. What you may not realize is that you can play an essential role in getting your loved one the help that he or she so desperately needs.

Just as different people will respond to trauma in different ways, so, too will the impact of PTSD vary from person to person. For this reason, it is vital that you educate yourself about the many ways that PTSD can affect a person’s thoughts, actions, and decisions. Understanding what your loved one is experiencing is an important first step in providing him or her with meaningful support.

It is also important to learn how your loved one’s substance use disorder may impact and be impacted by the presence of PTSD. This complex relationship can pose a significant challenge, and, as with the PTSD itself, the better you understand the scope and nature of the problem, the more prepared you will be to offer effective guidance.

Once you have developed a grasp on the nature of the issues that your loved one is dealing with, you can begin to identify the types of treatment and rehab that have helped others who were experiencing similar challenges. If possible, talk to mental health experts, support group organizations, or others who can answer your specific questions and connect you with sources of additional information about treatment centers for co-occurring disorders. Reputable websites can also be of great value in your efforts to identify programs that are prepared to provide your loved one with the treatment that best meets his or her unique needs.

The biggest challenge you may encounter is how to talk to your loved one about his or her disorders and present the treatment information that you have acquired. This is another area where expert advice can be invaluable. Take the time to learn how best to structure and conduct a productive conversation on this most delicate of topics. If at all possible, enlist the assistance of trusted friends or family members to help you. Be prepared for denial, pushback, and even anger, but do not allow the conversation to devolve into an argument. Allow your loved one to express himself or herself, and continue to remind him or her that your goal is not to blame or antagonize, but to work together to find solutions that will improve the quality of his or her life.

Above all else, remember that recovery is a long-term effort, especially for individuals who are dealing with a substance use disorder and co-occurring PTSD. Your loved one will need your support before, during, and after he or she completes rehabilitation at a residential treatment. Leave no doubt in his or her mind that you are ready, willing, and able to provide that support.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for PTSD at Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, CA

Untreated PTSD can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, undermining his or her efforts to maintain healthy relationships, perform to his or her potential at work, and otherwise meet the responsibilities that are a part of living a healthy and productive life. When PTSD is accompanied by a substance use disorder, it is virtually impossible to overstate the potential for negative outcomes. Living with PTSD and a co-occurring substance use disorder increases a person’s risk for separation and divorce, job loss and unemployment, deteriorating physical and mental health, diminished self-esteem, social isolation, and myriad additional self-defeating behaviors, including aggression, violence, self-harm and suicide. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of PTSD is that all of these negative outcomes can be avoided by accessing effective professional rehab at a quality treatment center.

Types of Treatment

Types of PTSD treatment offered at Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, CA

Sunrise Ranch is a place of serenity and tranquility, where adult men and women who have been struggling with a substance use disorder and co-occurring PTSD can receive the care that they need at our treatment center to achieve the healthy, drug-free futures that they both desire and deserve.

Located on 10 secluded acres in Riverside, California, Sunrise Ranch provides comprehensive, medically monitored chemical dependency treatment on a ranch-style campus that is nestled amid pastoral meadows and majestic mountains. Within this peaceful environment, clients who are dealing with chemical dependency and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder receive personalized care from teams of talented and experienced professionals. Free from the stresses and pressures of everyday life, Sunrise Ranch clients finally have the opportunity to place their complete focus on overcoming the obstacles that have been preventing them from living healthier lives. Working closely with therapists, counselors, nurses, and clinical technicians, our clients are empowered to play active roles in their own recovery.

In order to best address the unique issues and challenges that our clients face, Sunrise Ranch offers gender-specific treatment options within distinct men’s and women’s programs. To ensure a comprehensive treatment experience that best prepares our clients to achieve and maintain lifelong recovery, we also provide a variety of therapeutic activities that our male and female clients participate in together while at our treatment center.

Depending upon the unique needs of each person who chooses to heal with us, treatment and rehab at Sunrise Ranch may include the following elements:

Detoxification: If a client arrives at Sunrise Ranch with alcohol or other substances of abuse still in his or her system, we offer detoxification services that include around-the-clock nursing care and monitoring to make the detox experience as safe and comfortable as possible. Clients who partake in our detox services will be seen by a doctor within 24 to 48 hours of admittance.

Medication management: Medication management services at Sunrise Ranch are provided by our medical director and members of our nursing staff. Clients whose chemical dependency is accompanied by co-occurring PTSD are required to attend weekly meetings with either our medical director or one of our physician’s assistants. Individuals who are not experiencing co-occurring disorders will have one meeting with our medical director or a physician’s assistant.

Individual therapy: Individual therapy is an essential component of treatment at Sunrise Ranch. Every person who heals with us has the opportunity to participate in at least two individual sessions each week. During these sessions, clients meet with their substance abuse counselor to discuss the progress they have made, process any successes or setbacks, and address any concerns that have arisen since their previous session. Coordinating closely with our certified addiction counselors, marriage and family therapist interns and trainees will also meet with each client on a weekly basis, with additional sessions available to be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

Family therapy: If a client chooses to incorporate his or her family members into the treatment experience, marriage and family therapist interns or trainees are available to conduct family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. Depending upon the specific needs of the client and his or her family members, additional family sessions may be held via teleconference during the client’s individual therapy sessions.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions provide valuable opportunities for clients to share their knowledge, learn from the experiences of others, and practice important skills under the guidance of a qualified professional such as a marriage and family therapist intern, marriage and family therapist trainee, chemical dependency counselor, or clinical technician. Several group sessions are held every day to address a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Defense mechanisms
  • How the disease has impacted clients and their families in a negative manner
  • Anger management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Spirituality
  • Nutrition and wellness

The day a client enters treatment at Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, his or her case manager will begin working on a continuing care plan to ensure that the client has the support that he or she needs to maintain and build upon the progress that he or she makes with us at our treatment center. Depending upon the specific needs of the client, aftercare planning may include coordinating with community-based support services, locating sober living environments, or identifying the friends, family members, and other individuals who will comprise the client’s personal support network.

Recognizing that residential rehab at treatment center is just one step on the path of lifelong recovery from chemical dependency and PTSD, we are proud to offer two step-down options. Clients who can benefit from more structured support after completing the residential phase of their recovery but before they return home may choose to enroll in either our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP) for additional rehab and support.

Ultimately, our primary objective at Sunrise Ranch is to provide our clients with the comprehensive rehabilitation solutions that will enable them to achieve their treatment goals and live healthier and more productive lives. By providing clinically sophisticated treatment in a supportive atmosphere of dignity and respect, we believe that Sunrise Ranch is the place where the devastation of addiction and co-occurring PTSD can be transformed into the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

Co-ed Trauma Treatment

Sunrise Ranch is our co-ed rehab & treatment center settled in the inspirational Southern California foothills. Outdoor activities will be integrated into the treatment process daily, and the fresh air is invigorating for the woman who is rebuilding her strength. Sunrise can provide an initial detox in a safe and comfortable setting.  After a 30 day (recommended) stay in the residential treatment program, the woman will be guided into a lower level of care either with us or closer to the home to which she is returning.

Sunrise Ranch’s weekly alumni meeting is a frequent destination for alumni who come to share their post-treatment experience and celebrate milestones, such as getting a 90 day chip.

The gender specific groups and activities of the Women’s Program reflect the unique issues that women face while they are first getting sober. Highly trained counselors and group facilitators engage the women through lectures, one-on-one counseling sessions, and 12-Step meetings.

Examples of Groups offered by Sunrise For Women:

  • Emotion Regulation
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationships
  • Codependency
  • Parenting
  • Family Patterns

Thanks to Sunrise Recovery Ranch, my daughter was able to get the lasting recovery she deserved from her addiction and her co-occurring mental health disorder. I am super grateful!

– Michelle A.
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)