Trauma informed therapy is based on the understanding that many individuals in the addiction recovery system have a history of trauma. Therefore, it is necessary to be attuned to the possibility of trauma in clients’ backgrounds. At the same time, trauma informed therapy is a delicate matter in the Florida drug rehab world.
Many people with alcohol or drug addiction have a history of trauma. For example, it could be a single event or one that occurred repeatedly over an extended period of time. Furthermore, it could have occurred recently or in the past. As such, trauma can have a severe impact on the primary victim and on family members and friends. The Safe Haven integrated trauma informed therapy program was developed to address the cross-effects of trauma and addictions.
Trauma Informed therapy approaches clients from a perspective of respect for them as individuals, and for their resilience. Clients are encouraged to actively participate in their treatment to break the pain. Also, it will allow them to re-establish a sense of accomplishment and personal pride. Moreover, trauma-informed therapy also attends to the client’s well-being as part of his or her individualized needs. It offers real hope for healing and recovery.
Many of our Florida addiction treatment staff have received specialized training regarding the role trauma may play in addiction and in a wide range of mental health and addiction conditions. Additionally, they have learned how to ask about and discuss trauma as part of the treatment program. Furthermore, they can determine when specialized trauma-focused approaches are needed.
To treat drug or alcohol addiction and trauma, we must first:
When an individual has suffered trauma, they are more likely to experience harm again. This can be caused by any experience that in some way repeats or recalls the feelings of that trauma. It is similar to a bodily injury, like a concussion. While an individual is healing from a concussion, they should be protected from further harm to that part of the head to prevent a worse injury. That said, It is unlikely that the therapist would cause such harm on purpose. Therefore, trauma informed therapist will treat the client with expert care and gentleness to avoid further harm.
It is not uncommon for diagnosis to be confused with the effects of sexual, emotional, or physical trauma. While many therapists may make assumptions about their client based on a previous diagnosis, the trauma informed therapist stays vigilant for signs of trauma within each client. This way, they create the possibility of adequate care and healing.
Trauma informed therapists understand that healing from trauma requires a holistic approach that incorporates body movement along with traditional talk therapy. For example, there are a range of body-focused therapies that are appropriate for clients who have suffered trauma. These can include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Therapists with knowledge of trauma treatments can either become certified in these methods themselves or can refer clients to other providers who are certified.
Clients who have experienced trauma often feel isolated and misunderstood. There are few places where they can talk about their experiences without fear of judgment. Unfortunately, therapy offices have far too often been places where clients continue to feel this isolation when attempting to talk about traumatic events. Trauma-informed therapists understand the depth of what the client has experienced. Furthermore, to create a open environment where the client is met with compassion and understanding.
Trauma focused therapies focus on creating a safe environment for the client and empowering the client to live life with a sense of personal safety. As such, trauma informed therapy does not push the client to do or say too much too quickly. Instead, it respects the client’s own pace towards healing. Understanding trauma deepens a therapist’s empathy and knowledge for working with troubled clients. Trauma informed therapists can be a crucial factor in facilitating successful recovery.