Trauma-informed care is only one of many effective approaches to drug rehab but there is no denying the role that trauma plays in the lives of American children and adults. In fact, 60% of adults report experiencing abuse during their childhood and 26% of children will witness or experience a traumatic event before they reach the age of four. You might be wondering, what does this have to do with drug or alcohol addiction? Let’s explore.
A Trauma-Informed Care Approach to Drug Rehab
According to the ACE study (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study), “For each traumatic event that happened to a child they were two to four times more likely to grow up to be an addicted adult.” When you also consider that more than 50% of adults say that they experienced trauma or abuse as a child, the relationship between trauma and addiction becomes a lot clearer.
What Constitutes Trauma?
According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), trauma results from an event, series of events or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being. A traumatic experience can be a single event, a series of events and/or a chronic condition, e.g., childhood neglect or domestic violence. Trauma frequently produces a sense of fear, vulnerability and helplessness.
What is Trauma-Informed Care?
Many individuals with a substance addiction also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or experience lingering effects from a past trauma. Trauma-informed counseling at The Discovery House helps patients develop coping skills to help them heal from their traumatic experiences. This counseling approach also teaches patients behavioral techniques to help them manage their trauma symptoms and prevent a relapse.
Utilizing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Drug Rehab
Since every case of substance abuse varies there is no one treatment modality that will be effective for everyone. What their drug of choice is, how severe their addiction is, and whether they suffer from any co-occurring mental health disorders should all be taken into account when tailoring a program specific to the addicts needs. Here at The Discovery House, we utilize only the most effective treatment therapies in our customized treatment plans.
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We strongly believe it is important for a rehab center to utilize evidence-based approaches in their treatment plans and here at The Discovery House it’s something we are proud to implement. If you or someone you love could benefit from addiction treatment, call us today at (855) 203-7930 for more information about our services. Each individual at The Discovery House receives customized care to end their dependence on prescription drugs, heroin and other opiates and/or alcohol in order to live a clean and sober life.