Trauma informed care focuses on patient-centered holistic treatment. Trauma informed approaches are proven effective substance use treatment.
Trauma and substance use disorder co-occur with notable frequency. Statistics show that people of all ages with diagnosed trauma (including trauma responses and post-traumatic stress disorder) are five times more likely to need support overcoming a substance use disorder. Studies indicate that up to 50% of people with a trauma diagnosis also have a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD).4
The most effective trauma informed care programs treat trauma and SUDs as part of one comprehensive program. Below are a few trauma informed care models used in dual diagnosis treatment facilities.
Prolonged exposure treatment is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It is a proven, safe, and effective option for trauma. Exposure therapy involves visualizing your past trauma in a supported, controlled environment.