A traumatic event can cause overwhelming emotions that can be difficult to process alone. It can lead to PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and other problems that can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. To treat the effects of trauma, there are six trauma-informed care principles that therapists use to guide patients through processing their feelings and moving past the traumatic experience. Trauma-informed care is a proven treatment method that helps patients process the trauma in a safe and discreet environment.
At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we support individuals who are struggling with addiction, PTSD, or other mental health disorders caused by a traumatic event. Our team has experience treating all types of trauma and any depression, addiction, or other disorders caused by it. Each program is tailored to the patient’s unique symptoms and encourages them to stay committed to the program. For more information about our trauma-informed care program, send us a message online or call 833.448.0127 today to get help for you or a loved one.
What Is Trauma-Informed Care?
Recent studies have shown that nearly 7 out of 10 adults have experienced trauma sometime in their lives. If left untreated, a traumatic event can cause PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and developmental issues in children. To treat the symptoms of trauma, therapists use a method called trauma-informed care. It works to prevent any recurrence or flashback of the traumatic event that can make it seem like it is happening all over again, even years after the last occurrence.
Behavioral therapists work closely with each patient to understand the trauma they experienced. They use the six trauma-informed care principles to create a plan to help them process their feelings without causing any physical reactions or disturbing thoughts. In addition to group and private therapy, patients will receive medication to minimize any symptoms of depression or addiction withdrawals.
At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we use the six principles of trauma-informed care to treat patients who are struggling to cope with a recent or past trauma. Using this method, patients are able to move past the trauma and stop relying on drugs or alcohol to cope with their feelings.
The 6 Principles Of Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma-informed care creates a patient-focused treatment program that is centered around each patient’s unique symptoms. It allows therapists to build trust and open communication and helps patients feel safe to talk about the event and begin to move past it.
The six principles of trauma-informed care include:
- Safety—Therapists and all team members will create an atmosphere of safety and security. Patients will feel safe to open up and talk about the experience in a private setting so they can express themselves freely and without judgment.
- Trustworthiness and transparency—Therapists work closely with each patient to build trust and rapport to create an atmosphere of open communication and true healing. They discuss all aspects of the treatment program with each patient and their families, so everyone is aware of what to expect.
- Peer support—Talking about a traumatic event with your peers is an excellent way to ease the negative thoughts and feelings that it creates. In group therapy, patients will talk about their experiences and give advice to others. This helps everyone realize they are not alone in their struggles and gain valuable insight from different life perspectives.
- Collaboration and mutuality—Therapists, medical, and support staff work as one to give patients a safe and effective treatment experience. Each team member has a role to play in the overall process, which can include talk therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and support with insurance processing and finding outside resources for continuing medical and mental support.
- Empowerment and choice—Therapists encourage patients to open up and share their struggles and triumphs with others as they progress through the program. They show them the power they have within them to make positive changes and how continuing therapy can aid them throughout their lives.
- Cultural issues—Therapists create an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusivity to prevent any issues that may arise during group therapy.
By following these six trauma-informed care principles, therapists create a constructive environment where patients will feel safe and secure and can begin healing and moving past the traumatic event.
Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery for Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care Program
At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, our accredited treatment center specializes in trauma-informed care and other proven treatment modalities for helping patients struggling with past or recent traumas. We take the time to make each patient feel safe in our private facility, where they will participate in group and private therapy at a pace that is right for them.