What is Trauma Informed Therapy?
Trauma Informed therapy is a cognitive behavioral therapy that brings together the knowledge and understanding of how trauma affects the lives of those it touches, and therapy for behaviors it has produced or triggers. For some, trauma experienced at some point in life makes it difficult to deal with other issues and problems that would otherwise not be of consequence.
Many people with alcohol or drug addiction have a history of trauma. Whether it was a single event or occurred repeatedly over an extended period – either recently or in the more distant past. Trauma can have a severe impact on the primary victim and on family members, friends and helpers as well. The Our Place Recovery integrated trauma informed therapy program was developed to address the cross-effects of trauma and addictions, along with other co-occurring disorders.
Common Forms of Trauma
Our Place Recovery Approach
Trauma informed therapy has to do with a philosophy and an approach to treatment that is based on an understanding that many individuals receiving services in the addiction recovery system have a history of trauma. Hence, it is important to attend to the possibility of a trauma history in clients’ backgrounds.
Trauma informed therapy approaches clients from a perspective of respect for them as individuals, for their survivor skills and for their resilience. Clients are encouraged to actively collaborate on and participate in their treatment to break the pain and to re-establish a sense of accomplishment and personal pride. Trauma-informed care also attends to the client’s well-being as part of his or her individualized needs and offers a great strategy for healing and recovery.
Many of our Florida addiction treatment team have received specialized training in understanding the role that trauma may play in addiction and in the full range of mental health and addiction conditions. They have learned how to ask about and discuss trauma as part of the addiction treatment program and how to determine when specialized trauma-focused approaches are needed.
Benefits of Florida Trauma Informed Therapy for Addiction
Trauma informed therapy can be beneficial to clients who have experienced a traumatic event. By engaging in trauma informed treatment, clients can learn more about what they are experiencing and how to address the concerns. The following are a few examples of the benefits of trauma-focused therapy: