According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 80% of women who seek treatment for substance abuse have past experiences with sexual or physical abuse. Women are at an increased risk for suffering abuse or assault, typically at the hands of one or more men. Unfortunately, many women also experience a number of traumatic events that are not only limited to abuse, but also other events, such as natural disasters, vehicle accidents, the loss of a loved one, witnessing a violent act, or serving in active duty in the military.
Not every woman who experiences trauma will have a trauma response, however many do. And when that response causes severe symptoms such as abusing drugs and/or alcohol to cope, a woman’s health and well-being can become jeopardized. This is where our expertise comes in through our trauma-informed care therapy program. We understand that many women use drugs and alcohol as a means to mask the traumatic experiences of their past. Our caring and trained professionals are able to navigate clients to break free from those memories and develop the right tools and coping mechanisms that they can utilize in sobriety.
Types of Trauma
There are two types of trauma – posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma. After experiencing one or more traumatic events, women can start showing symptoms of either one of these disorders. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can including, however, are not limited to, the following:
- Recurrent nightmares
- Increased startle response
- Avoidance of things related to the event
Complex trauma develops when an individual is continually exposed to the same or varying forms of trauma over a long period of time. In many cases, those who have complex trauma first experienced the events during childhood and saw thier symptoms persist. Some symptoms of complex trauma can include:
- Distorted perceptions of their perpetrator
- Forgetting traumatic events
- Persistent sadness or hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Isolating from others
- Experiencing guilt and shame
Despite the type of trauma-response that a woman experiences, it is imperative to know that it can be treated both safely and effectively.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that there are six key principles when it comes to providing treatment for trauma in order to facilitate healing. They are:
- Trustworthiness and transparency
- Peer support
- Collaboration and mutuality
- Empowerment, voice and choice
- Cultural, historical, and gender issues
SAMHSA encourages adherence to these six key principles in order to promote the most healing, encouraging environment for women to recover in.
Trauma-Informed Care at JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence
At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, we understand how debilitating the symptoms of trauma can be for our female clients. We also understand that a vast majority of these clients grapple with trauma, making it vital for us to provide the highest level of quality care for these women. Our highly specialized staff provides thorough and detailed trauma-informed care with the goal of helping each client heal from the inside out. We work endlessly to uphold the standard of trauma-informed care, which follows the following principles put forward by SAMHSA:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, family, staff, and others involved with the system
- Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
- Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization
Our trauma-informed care program not only follows these standards but also includes many different therapies proven to be helpful in encouraging women to move forward in their recovery process.
Individual therapy serves as a core component of the trauma treatment we provide. While working with a therapist in a one-on-one setting, a client can identify the traumatic events that led to her diagnosis, all while working to properly address them so life can become more manageable. Individual therapy can also give a client the personal, private space to talk about traumatic events that she might not otherwise want to share in a more public setting.
We also provide group therapy, which brings all the women in the program together to listen to and share experiences. Additionally, group therapy can help bond women together in a way that promotes empowerment and frees them from shame or guilt.
JourneyPure also provides grief therapy for those clients who are in need of working through the feelings that develop in the face of grief. This kind of therapy is extremely beneficial, as it can help the client move through the different stages of grief at a more rapid pace so that relief can be achieved and healing can begin.
Lastly, our program focuses on providing experiential therapies to women who are receiving treatment for trauma. These can include equine therapy, songwriting, and art, all of which provide clients with an outlet of expression, which is highly valued during this time.
Healing Through Our Trauma-Informed Care Program
At JourneyPure, we understand what you are going through. If you are struggling with the effects of trauma and want to overcome the challenges before you, please do not waste one more second. Contact us right now at 844-259-9926 to learn more about our trauma-informed care therapy, as well as to have any and all questions you might have answered. We can help you break free from addiction and a painful past.