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What Is a Trauma-Informed Approach to Addiction Treatment?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) characterizes a trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment as one that:

  • Realizes the severe impact of trauma and understands the potential paths for recovery
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in all those involved in the treatment system
  • Responds appropriately by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
  • Actively seeks to resist re-traumatization

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Practices

The majority of people who suffer from substance abuse disorders and addiction also have a history of painful experiences that have directly contributed to their use and relapse. Whether the trauma was a single incident or multiple incidences, or it happened recently or years ago, the footprint is equally devastating.

Cape Cod Recovery provides trauma-informed practices by creating a culture that is based on an understanding of trauma, its relationship with addiction, and the needs of individuals who have been touched by traumatic experiences. This understanding allows us to craft an environment and rehab program that enhances the recovery process and provides a place where clients feel safe, understood, and heard.

Trauma-Informed Care at CCR

The CCR staff strives to provide the best therapeutic experience possible to clients who have a history of trauma. From the very first day of a client’s treatment until the very end, our experienced clinical counselors facilitate treatment through a trauma-informed lens. This allows us to identify markers for survivors of traumatic events and allows clients to explore underlying issues without fear of shaming or a lack of knowledge from our staff.

Our culture and philosophy for working with clients are built around creating an environment within our rehab center that nurtures this work. The core of our drug and alcohol rehab treatment team culture and philosophy is:

  • Physical and emotional safety
  • Trust and healthy boundaries
  • Having a voice and validating feelings
  • Partnership and promoting choice

We understand the effects that traumatic experiences can have on clients’ relationships, worldview, and self-view, as well as the coping styles they have adopted to deal with it. With trauma-informed practices, we help clients address this deep-seated trauma by determining where it came from, how to work through it, and how to move forward in recovery.

 

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