Kidnapping, stalking, and other traumas
We can help you process the hurt that follows a kidnapping for ransom, a stalking experience, or any other life-threatening event. As a clinic that caters exclusively to ultra-wealthy people, we have longstanding experience helping clients recover from wealth-specific traumas.
We will tailor-make a treatment programme to suit your specific needs. We can help you overpower the complex PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and rebalance your stress levels. We only ever have one client at any given time so that we can focus all our energy and expertise on helping you re-discover your stolen sense of safety and wellbeing.
Our treatment programme
A kidnapping or stalking experience invokes an extensive amount of physical and psychological discomfort. To cope, our brain releases unfathomable amounts of flight-or-fight hormones to help us focus on survival. The stress that it puts on our bodies is hard to comprehend.
But, for the weeks and months following a traumatic experience like this, it is normal to experience a range of complicated emotions as we process the event. These emotions may include intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, panic attacks, denial, impaired memory, feeling confused, guilty, angry, helpless, on edge, and withdrawn. On top of these difficulties, a traumatic event like this will rob you of your inner sense of safety, which is why we make it our priority to revamp it.
At Paracelsus Recovery, we only ever treat one client at any given time to make sure that you receive the utmost care, attention and confidentiality. Our 360-degree treatment approach can effectively restore your health and help you live a Kratom-free life.
To accomplish this, we will conduct a thorough assessment procedure upon your arrival to determine the exact treatment and therapies required, and to identify any physical, medical or psychological issues requiring special attention. The assessment includes a complete medical check-up including extensive laboratory tests, a functional health assessment, a review of past medical history and current and past medication, an extensive psychiatric assessment, a substance abuse assessment, and a lifestyle and nutritional assessment.
We will design an individual treatment plan based on the results of these assessments. For one-to-one treatment, our team of renowned specialist therapists and doctors will work exclusively with you. A ‘live-in’ therapist will also be available for emotional support around the clock throughout your entire stay. The residential treatment programme usually takes four weeks, and our team will work with you for 8-12 hours a day. We can also provide aftercare services if deemed necessary.
What is Trauma?
Trauma occurs when our innate sense of personal safety is invaded or eradicated. While it will manifest differently in each person, it typically invokes immense panic and stress which will overwhelm our nervous system. As a result, our fight-or-flight mechanism remains ‘turned on’ long after the event is over.
As time goes by and we try to adapt, our sense of safety becomes replaced with a constant sense of fear. Sometimes these feelings are so all-consuming that they can result in a ‘shutting down’ of one’s emotional world. When this happens, a person can feel numb and detached from themselves and others.
How do I adjust to life after being held hostage?
There are few events as traumatic as a kidnapping. Even if you survive the ordeal, the experience leaves deep scars that will take time to heal for both the victim and their loved ones. When a hostage is freed, you experience a surge of elation and joyful disbelief. But once that initial relief fades, readjusting to normal life can be equally as difficult as abruptly leaving it.
It is highly likely that you will develop symptoms of complex PTSD.
What are the symptoms?
- Flashbacks or nightmares.
- Engaging in risky behaviours.
- Irrational feelings of shame or guilt (feeling as though the kidnapping was somehow your fault).
- Feeling tense, easily startled, or highly irritable.
- Periods of losing concentration and dissociating from those around you.
- Withdrawing from family members (usually those the kidnappers reached out to for the ransom and were therefore involved).
- Increasingly negative thoughts about yourself.
- Stockholm syndrome (an unconscious bond to your captor and a sense of grief if the captor is harmed. Then, feeling guilty for developing the bond in the first place).
It is vital that you seek help as soon as possible to work through these symptoms. While kidnapping is an undoubtedly difficult experience, with adequate support and treatment, you can retrieve your sense of personal safety and security.
How do stalkers impact my mental health?
Stalking can have a devastating impact on our physical, psychological, and emotional health. Because we have so little control over our stalker’s behaviour, it makes us feel helpless and vulnerable. The fact that there is someone out there who wants to harm you or, as is often the case with celebrities, has an irrational conviction that they are meant to be with you, is terrifying. It will lead to immense anxiety and paranoia as we can never be fully sure where the stalker is or if they are close to us.
Of course, it is vital to deal with the practicalities first such as obtaining restraining orders and conducting numerous legal measures. But it is equally important to seek help as soon as possible to overcome the psychological impact of a stalker. Trying to live your life under the emotional weight of helplessness, anxiety, stress, and paranoia (all because of a total stranger) is exhausting. Sometimes these feelings are so all-consuming that they can result in a ‘shutting down’ of one’s emotional world. When this happens, a person can feel numb and detached from themselves and others. This will set the stage for issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or substance abuse.
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While the media frenzy that surrounds ultra-high-net-worth individuals being kidnapped for ransom has reduced, they still occur. Anyone in wealthy or successful circles knows that kidnappings for ransom still pose a very high threat.
According to various studies, trauma can trigger endocrine and immune problems such as chronic autoimmune diseases, heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, and even some cancers. Trauma can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. These conditions are stressful and increase your mortality rate.
Paracelsus Recovery provides the highest level of confidentiality. We treat one client at a time to ensure both privacy and utmost care. Amongst other measures, we will never use your real name or date of birth in company communications and employees have to sign a strict confidentiality agreement.
In general (and to oversimplify), stalkers would fit the criteria for sociopaths or narcissists with an antisocial personality disorder. Stalkers will tend to exhibit traits such as being highly manipulative, controlling, obsessive-compulsive, showing a lack of empathy, and struggling with fixations. But these conditions are complex (as are people) and we cannot diagnose anyone without speaking with them and conducting extensive analysis.
In addition to seeking professional help, in the early months of your recovery, our experts recommend focusing on your body and embracing each person in your support network. You can find more expert-driven advice on the topic here.