To serve the growing needs of special populations, Mission Resiliency at Poplar Springs Hospital offers a specialized Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Program. As always, we are here to offer the best through our individualized treatment plans, interventions and groups are conducted for male and female active-duty service members and veterans who have experienced sexual trauma and may be exhibiting emotional “numbing out,” intense emotional reactions, sleep difficulties, substance use, personal and professional relationship difficulties and other related symptoms.
Treating those who have experienced sexual trauma, the Military Sexual Trauma Program provides exclusive groups and individual counseling to address trauma and diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD to help deal with symptoms such as:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is classified in the DSM V as a Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorder that can occur after you have experienced a traumatic event. PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not happen until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than 4 weeks, cause you great distress or interfere with your work/home life, you may have PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD include reliving the event, avoiding places or things that remind you of the event, feeling numb and feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal). Treatment can help.
Our primary treatment intervention is group therapy. You will participate with other group members who have similar experiences and symptoms. We utilize an evidenced-based treatment approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that focuses on examining the relationships between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, you can modify your patterns of thinking to improve your coping skills.
Our PTSD track also provides dialectical behavior therapy and education classes to learn stress management techniques, positive coping skills, etc. You will also participate in Therapeutic Exposure Therapy to facilitate your ability to cope with trauma-related feelings, thoughts and situations that you may have been avoiding due to the personal distress it causes in your daily functioning.
Substance Abuse/Dependence is an excessive use of drugs, such as alcohol, narcotics or a drug without medical justification. The spectrum of alcohol use extends from abstinence and low-risk use to risky use, problem drinking, harmful use and alcohol abuse and the more severe alcoholism and alcohol dependence.
Our substance abuse treatment is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Matrix Model for Recovery. You will participate in on-site and off-site AA/NA meetings with the expectation of continuing to attend upon return to your military base.
We offer a combination of services to accommodate the varied treatment needs of service members:
Program placement will be determined using the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria based on the severity of addiction, community supports, co-morbid mental and physical conditions and potential for complicated withdrawal.
We also offer crisis stabilization for those presenting as an imminent danger to themselves and others. This is short-term stabilization with a focus on medication management, group therapy and safety planning.
Addresses primary diagnosis of major depressive disorder and/or a secondary diagnosis such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder or personality disorders. The goal is to help patients restore proper brain chemistry and to find ways to alleviate stress in day-to-day life. The mood management group employs CBT, combined with evidence-based practices. The treatment team also focuses on the patient’s personality, strengths, social culture context and unique concerns/preferences to integrate them into clinical decisions to best serve the patient.
We offer a less restrictive treatment option for those with behavioral health issues who may benefit from more intensive treatment and structure than offered in a traditional outpatient setting. Our therapeutic services are offered during the day, and participants return home after the treatment day ends. The duration of this program depends on each individual’s treatment plan and the pace of progress toward meeting individual goals.
Service members frequently report comorbid depression and PTSD, substance use or anxiety. For some, an unresponsiveness to medications contributed to their referral. For others, like the undersea and aviation communities whose jobs do not permit the usage of psychotropic medications, TMS provides another resource to help the patient return to his or her duties.
TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for those who cannot take it or who have not profited from medication. This treatment stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in patients who are struggling with depression. The magnetic pulses generate a small current in the neurons below the skull, specifically in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), an area that research suggests plays a role in depression. Research has shown lasting 30 minutes each is sufficient to produce therapeutic results.
There is no additional charge for TMS, as we consider it a means of contributing through our Patriot Support Program.
Read our frequently asked questions or click here to download our brochure. To inquire or schedule a no-cost assessment, please call 804-843-6874, toll-free 866-285-0562, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For immediate assistance with a military, dependent, or veteran admission, please call our Military Admissions Coordinator at 804-518-9509