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Has anyone gone through In-Patient PTSD-MST Counseling? I know everyone will react differently. But, I would like to know what your experience was. Did it Help at all. Not sure if I can make that step right now. I do not want to give up my alcohol at this time it helps me. I would be going to Bay Pines, VA in Florida.

Thanks for any info.

rway

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Thanks for everyones insight. I was not sure what types of things they did at in-pt besides a group therapy. It sounds just like the in-pt alchohol program I went through. Which didn't help. (A lot of B.S....Meditating, etc.)

I agree, the therapist means a lot!! I just have not found one yet. I have finally ventured out from the VA and I am trying to find one in our community. I have not been able to even look at the 3 therapists that I've had. I am not sure why, but I believe it is because I know they're judging me. Even though I want to talk, I only say one to three word answers. They have gotten no where with me. I am better on the computer, where no one knows me. I need a Computer Therapist.LOL

Thanks again all,

rway

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Sorry that you feel that your therapists are judging you but if they are any good they are evaluating you and trying to put together a treatment plan.

It took me a long time but I don't really care what someone who is not family or friend think of me anymore. I also learned it does not help me to Judge others either.

My motto is to take what a person says on face value and if they prove to be lying or wrong I have not lost anything but perhaps gained some insight.

I hope that you find someone to help and there are other ways than just showing up at VA. We all need help at one time or another.

I don't usually comment about this but if I were trying to find a therapist I doubt that I would open up a lot till the Doc earned some trust. Most of the therapy at my VA is done by amateurs or they call them Residents. Getting better is a process but it can be done once you reach the point that you are willing to do what it takes to get better. Just my opinion.

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The VA in Tampa has been trying to get me into an in-patient pain management program. What it is is that I think the VA has these in-patient programs and no one wants to participate, so they are trying like hell to get vets into these programs to justify they jobs. I don't want to sit in a VA hospital for 19 days, four vets to a room. I have been in the VA in-patient for mental condition and I did not sleep for days due to medication screw-ups and hostile attitude from doctors telling me I should be in jail. If for some reason I ever did go into an in-patient program I would be so sure that my medications would not be suddenly stopped by some idiot. This happened to me. If I really thought the programs would significantly help I would consider it, but I don't believe that.

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I did a 1 month in patient deal and never again will I be a patient overnight in a VA Hospital unless I have a heart attack or something while I am there. But never if I can help it.

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Has anyone gone through In-Patient PTSD-MST Counseling? I know everyone will react differently. But, I would like to know what your experience was. Did it Help at all. Not sure if I can make that step right now. I do not want to give up my alcohol at this time it helps me. I would be going to Bay Pines, VA in Florida.

Thanks for any info.

rway

I haven't tried nor would I for my own reason an in-patient program. I do know someone who went to the Bay Pines program and said it was good and it helped them. They are still dysfunctional but they say they are better than they were.

By dysfunctional, I am saying they still don't have good coping skills but they are able to function better then before. Based on what I am told she believes the Vet Center has helped her too. She goes there 5 days a week from 9-4, they go places, take classes, and they are not allowed to discuss thier issues.

I know that being retired being alone is the worst thing for me, so I am trying to keep busy out of my home the other days.

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