Do I Need Trauma-Informed Care in Drug Rehab?

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Do I Need Trauma-Informed Care in Drug Rehab?

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: December 31, 2020

Trauma-informed drug rehab programs are customized to help people address drug abuse that originates with a life-changing event. Taking time to understand how past events shape addiction and recovery experiences helps you make wiser decisions about treatment. Helping our clients make better decisions is vital to the Lakeview Health support network. 

If you or someone you care about has undergone trauma and could benefit from drug rehabilitation that addresses this and other issues, reach out to Lakeview Health online today or call us at 866.704.7692 to learn more. 

What Is Trauma-Informed Drug Rehab?

A significant percentage of individuals entering drug treatment programs have what is called a “dual diagnosis.” This means that they are struggling with a mental condition that underpins and fuels their alcohol and substance use problems. Trauma-informed drug rehab is a medical approach that considers violent or traumatic events in one’s life and treats that trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder alongside the addiction. 

At Lakeview Health, we make a point of customizing our treatment to meet each of our patients’ individual needs. Trauma-informed care is one of the many ways that we do this.

How Does Drug Rehab at Lakeview Health Differ From Traditional Therapies?

One of the foundational ideas of personalized drug rehab involves discovering what led to the addiction. This naturally includes treating a patient’s underlying mental issues. In the case of trauma-informed care, several steps must be taken. 

First, we design treatment plans around the understanding that negative behavior results from individuals trying to cope with their trauma. To address this issue, we prioritize safety, comfort, and freedom of choice. Additionally, our 12-step integrated program is gender-specific and focused on each client’s needs and goals. By contrast, many treatment centers have a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment and recovery.

The clinical team at Lakeview Health has the knowledge, training, and experience to address all types of trauma.

Who Benefits from Trauma-Informed Drug Rehab Plans?

Anyone who has ever experienced an overwhelming life event may benefit from trauma-informed treatment. Not all major life events cause long-term side effects. However, they can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, people who survive hurricanes, witness a murder, or experience the horrors of war can develop PTSD and attempt to use drugs to self-medicate.

Other life-changing events that often lead to substance abuse include:

  • Major traffic accidents
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual abuse
  • Extreme cultural pressures to conform
  • Professional burn-out or caregiver fatigue
  • Death of a loved one
  • Job loss

What Can I Expect During Drug Rehab at Lakeview Health?

The first thing you will notice during a Lakeview Health drug rehab intake interview is that our professionals include questions about trauma-related experiences. When we identify clients with PTSD, we make sure that their treatment plan consists of a broad range of treatment methods. All programs integrate a healthy mix of evidence-based treatment approaches like counseling and process training and more holistic treatment approaches. Clients have options for exploring self-care and self-expression. In these exercises, they learn mindfulness strategies and relaxation response techniques. Specialized treatment empowers goal-setting focused on core elements and personalized therapies.

Learn More About Specialized Drug Treatment with Trauma-Related Elements

The Lakeview Health drug treatment team is ready to help you design a plan that will help you or the person you care about achieve long-term sobriety. We offer individualized plans created specifically for you and your unique history. Our clients have options for inpatient and outpatient treatment. All programs offer a wide variety of activities to help you explore your self-image, hidden fears, and strengths. 

You can reach our compassionate intake counselors to discuss your concerns and treatment goals by reaching out to us online or calling 866.704.7692 today. Your future is in your hands. Start the journey to recovery today.