How Can Trauma-Informed Care Boost Resilience for Those in Recovery?

How Can Trauma-Informed Care Boost Resilience for Those in Recovery?

When someone walks through the door into an addiction recovery treatment center, they are more than their addiction. They are a human being filled with hopes, dreams, truths, mistakes, regrets, hurts, needs, and so much more. They have a history – a complex history filled with memories from the past, relationships that have been broken or maintained, obstacles they’ve overcome, obstacles that have held them back, and more. Trauma is a unfortunate experience for many in addiction recovery and is sometimes the very seedling that has incited a person’s road through addiction in the first place.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one lifetime traumatic event, which could be anything from childhood neglect, to a natural disaster, to the death of a loved one. Research estimates that around 90% of those in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma; self-medication is often used as an attempt to cover up the uncomfortable feelings associated with stress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If treatment centers can recognize just how prevalent trauma is and how deeply it affects us, more people will be able to grow stronger in recovery as they have the support – and resources – they need to get them through it.

Several years ago, a review was published in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; the authors emphasized that healthcare teams can not only better understand their clients by keeping a trauma-informed perspective in mind but can also potentially reduce the mitigation of re-traumatization through focusing on individual’s strengths and providing them with appropriate tools to work through challenging situations. Chapter 7 of the book titled Stakeholder Health: Insights from New Systems of Health, explores a key component that impacts resiliency by stating, “Resilience is basically our ability to modulate the stress response…The strongest influence on our response to stress and ability to be resilience are psychological factors – the way we think – and relational factors – connections with have with others.”

Healthcare teams who are trauma-informed can provide sufficient support as well as psychological tools (such as cognitive behavioral therapy) to truly help clients overcome what’s been holding them back.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.