While the NIDA states there is no specific treatment program currently in place for HPPD, the journal of Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology states, “Obviously, treatment of HPPD should… involve abstinence from all substances of abuse, stress reduction, and treatment of comorbidities (depression, anxiety, and less often, psychosis).” These changes can help minimize the frequency and severity of flashbacks (stress reduction) as well as treat the issues the individual is struggling with in addiction to their HPPD symptoms.
When will the Flashbacks Stop?
A person will begin to experience flashbacks to a less intense degree if they are able to reduce stress in their lives and learn some of the simple breathing and relaxation techniques taught in recovery programs. In addition, they will know how to deal with their flashbacks when they occur, giving them the ability to control them to a certain degree. In treatment, a person will also learn to anticipate these flashbacks and issues that may trigger them and to avoid these triggers whenever possible.
Flashbacks may still occur somewhat in the life of someone who has received intensive treatment for HPPD, but they will often last shorter periods of time and be much easier to cope with when the individual has the proper tools as a result of treatment. Therefore, even though you cannot be completely certain if your flashbacks will last several months, a year, or longer, you can work to minimize the time they last as well as their severity.
If you have more questions about HPPD or want to find a treatment center in your area, call 800-592-1193 today. We can help you overcome this period of flashbacks and return to a sense of normal living.
Fear and anxiety attached to the risk of flashbacks can be both interruptive and downright debilitating. Our counselors are aware of the condition and can help walk you through a proposed treatment protocol so that you can rest assured you’re getting the help and support that you need to get well.
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