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Why Does Trauma Informed Care Matter in Addiction Recovery?

Why Does Trauma Informed Care Matter in Addiction Recovery?

In addiction treatment, sometimes just getting free of the drugs or alcohol can hijack all your attention. It is important to recognize the role of trauma when you talk about addiction treatment and recovery. Trauma informed care is so critical to helping support yours or a loved one’s journey back from addiction.

What is Trauma

Trauma occurs when something happens to overwhelm or threaten a person’s sense of safety or ability to cope. It may be back in the memory bank somewhere but it still resides there. It may be a divorce or inability to cope with circumstances beyond your control. Trauma can be any event but trauma informed care is how therapists can support families and individuals in seeing addiction recovery through a new lens, with trauma as the forefront of receiving care.

What Trauma-Informed Means

Becoming trauma-informed means learning about the impact of overwhelming, toxic stress on every part of the survivor’s life. It means being aware for people who are stuck in addiction that a history of trauma is nearly always part of the experience. When recovery is guided along with trauma as the central focus, it helps make recovery more sustainable. There are many approaches:

  • Non-pathologizing view: respecting the person in recovery as a worthy human being
  • Building awareness around addiction recovery as a roadmap
  • Enabling the person to experience self-care and replace self-harming or addictive behavior with positive-focused behaviors

Replacing Self-Harm with Self-Care

The goal of trauma recovery must be to improve your quality of life each and every day. It is about living life in the present moment so your body and mind are not attending to things that happened in the past and traumatic memories. Even if progress remains slow, it is worth doing to help heal the mind and body from trauma. Maintaining sobriety and recovery is key while processing difficult emotions.  It takes time to cultivate the skills to honor where you are and experience resilient healing. Understanding the role of trauma in addiction helps better support people in recovery. Being trauma-informed helps those in recovery understand themselves and why they use in the first place. When you build a positive journey to greater self-understanding and self-care, you have the tools you need to be successful in rebuilding your life to have a self-directed life free of trauma driven experiences.

Growing in recovery takes a lot of hard work but it is worth doing to support your sobriety. Serenity helps you grow in recovery through programs, resources, and therapeutic intervention that brings you closer to your authentic self, free of drugs and alcohol. If you are struggling, we can help. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401