Non-Traditional Therapy Methods Are Helping With Combat PTSD

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Salisbury, North Carolina is home to one of the few Specialized Inpatient PTSD Unit (SIPUs) in the United States. What SIPUs do is to typically offer a six-week program where veterans not only get to spend quality time amongst other veterans, but also have the opportunity to try new things.

The treatment veterans receive at SIPUs includes traditional therapy, relationship skills, anger management, and trauma processing. However, it also includes some non-traditional therapy techniques as well, such as equine therapy at a local horse ranch, yoga, tai chi, and even work with a PTSD therapy dog.

Ultimately, it helps veterans confront Combat PTSD so that the transition to civilian life is much easier to navigate.

One of the most important factors, however, is having the combat veterans there going through the therapy together. This creates bonds between veterans, helps encourage the treatment they are getting, and lets each of them know that they are not alone in what they’re going through.

Watch the veterans discuss how beneficial the SIPU Unit has been for them.

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