Delivering Trauma informed Care. Let’s face it, many addiction centers don’t “do” trauma. However, as Carolyn Baird points out at this year’s CCSAD, 90% of public mental health clients in substance abuse programs have been exposed to trauma, most have experienced multiple trauma, and most homeless with SMI have experienced severe physical and sexual abuse.
How this relates. A licensed referral source who is specifically trained in the co-occurrence of trauma and substance recognizes the importance during intake to thoroughly check for trauma, as well as substance abuse. In knowing the correct way to phrase questions, and the patterns of the patient’s behavior, it becomes clear what impact that trauma has upon the individual’s life and the need for a intact treatment protocol to be in place. This is where the real work begins.
Be aware — In program placement, “one size does NOT fit all”, and an acute and sensitive “ear” or awareness is what it takes. Plus collaborative relationships with local private practitioners with expertise in “traumatology” or trauma-specific therapy is crucial for aftercare.
Think about it. Substance abuse is one thing. Trauma generally follows. If you need an informed and sensitive referral source who knows what to look for in your family member’s profile, start here. We will find the “right” program to treat your loved one’s substance and trauma.
Dr. Mark Burdick 877-571-2524 or www.drburdick.com