There are many reasons why a person may find themselves turning to drugs and alcohol, ranging from peer pressure to chronic pain. One of these reasons is trauma due to past events. People who suffer from such ailments like post-traumatic stress disorder often have to deal with stressful issues like flashbacks, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, and depression. PTSD can push a person to drug use in an attempt to self-medicate and cope with the recurring effects, and this can lead to addiction. PTSD can make it incredibly difficult to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction, especially when it goes untreated. Trauma-informed care can help, though.
What Is Trauma-Informed Care?
Those who are seeking help for themselves or a loved one might wonder, “What is trauma-informed care, and how is it different from regular addiction therapy services?” Trauma-informed care is a specialized type of addiction treatment that is specifically targeted at helping people who suffer from trauma alongside their addiction.
Trying to treat a drug addiction without also addressing the underlying issue of trauma will often be ineffective. If a person is getting treatment for drug addiction without also getting treatment for PTSD, they will still be experiencing recurring effects like anxiety or flashbacks. When these effects recur, it can lead the sufferer to fall back into the drug use to cope.
Trauma-informed care aims to treat both issues at once, thereby reducing the risk of relapse. Therefore, addiction treatment staff must have extra training and knowledge to recognize and treat trauma as well as prevent re-traumatization.
Some of the programs we offer to help with trauma-related drug addiction include:
- Withdrawal Management
- Certified Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Seeking Safety programs
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
- 12-Step Facilitation program
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
How Does Trauma-Informed Care Help?
Addiction and trauma are not parts of a single disorder. Instead, they are two separate disorders occurring at the same time. The most effective way to treat them is to take care of both simultaneously. Trauma Therapy can provide individuals with a safe space to avoid the stress that could result in re-traumatization. It also teaches healthy methods of coping with their disorder. It also offers collaboration with other individuals who may be struggling with trauma as well, which can help the individual realize they aren’t alone and that they do have the power to overcome their addiction.
Do you or someone you know struggle with addiction along with PTSD or other traumatic disorders? You can overcome both issues with the right Trauma Therapy program. We understand how these issues relate to each other and have the knowledge to help you get treatment for both. Call us at Gateway Foundation Chicago North Outpatient at 312.464.9451 to discuss the trauma-informed care that will work best for you or your loved one.