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Veterans who sacrifice their lives to defend our country often come back home from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many veterans with PTSD go untreated and turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their condition. They often become dependent on or addicted to drugs and alcohol, which puts them at high risk of overdose or death. Sadly, many veterans who do not seek help for PTSD die by suicide.
According to the National Veterans Foundation, “Substance abuse may be an attempt to self-medicate or to deal with problematic symptoms of mental or physical disorders or injuries.” Our service men and women can experience horrific situations in combat. They see gruesome scenes, get shot at, receive physical wounds, and see colleagues die.
When service ends and service men and women come home, certain sights, smells, and sounds can trigger symptoms of PTSD. A loud noise, such as fireworks, can elevate the symptoms of PTSD. Service men and women with PTSD re-live tragedies through vivid memories of their experiences and they have a hard time adjusting to normal civilian life.
Service dogs are used for veterans with PTSD. Service dogs are proven to help people cope with the symptoms of PTSD. Symptoms are lack of interest, detachment, appetite loss, disruptive sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating. Some service dogs are trained for nightmare and anxiety interruption. They recognize symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, and nightmares, such as heavy breathing, restlessness when sleeping, twitching, clenched fists, and rocking back and forth. The service dog also acts as a loyal companion for the veteran suffering with PTSD.
Veterans with PTSD need to seek help from a mental health professional. Without help, a veteran with PTSD is at high risk of hurting his or herself. Drugs and alcohol are very counterproductive and harmful to a person’s wellbeing. When a person is living with PTSD, drugs and alcohol can be an easy fix, but also very deadly.
If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD and addiction, save a life and get help immediately. Do not wait another day and do not be afraid to get help. Treatment is available for a dual diagnosis.
At Corner Canyon, our doors are open to adult clients seeking healing and transformation to put their lives on the path of recovery. Our residential treatment center offers a warm and welcoming home environment paired with exceptional individualized clinical care utilizing the latest in scientific advancement for treating both mental health and addiction treatment. For information on our program outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, call us today:866-399-3469
Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.