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What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Recovering from a traumatic event in one’s life can be a challenge. However, it is not impossible to do. You can help yourself or a loved one to recover from trauma and move on with life so that the trauma does not adversely affect them as badly in their everyday life. 

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) says that trauma-informed care involves everyone in the trauma healing process. This includes clients, staff, and related family members and friends to the client. 

 

What is trauma?

Trauma is defined as a response to something horrible and unexpected that happened to you. It’s an event that has hurt you for some time. You may be in disbelief that this traumatic event happened to you. You could be wondering why it happened to you at all. 

A family member or friend dying unexpectedly, witnessing a death happen in front of your eyes, neglect when you were a child, or another emotionally or psychologically debilitating event can cause trauma. 

About 33% of people who have experienced trauma may also contract PTSD.  

 

If Trauma Is Not Addressed: The Onset of PTSD

If one’s trauma is not properly addressed, it could cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Addressing trauma means finding a positive way to cope with it. A positive coping outlet allows the person experiencing trauma to move on with life after accepting what happened to them. 

The American Psychiatric Association defines PTSD as a psychological disorder that stems from a past traumatic event in one’s life. The event could be war, domestic violence, a vehicular accident, or even a natural disaster. Someone with PTSD may experience intense sweating, flashbacks, and/or panic attacks if they are reminded of the said traumatic event. 

It does not take just a reminder from someone else to onset the PTSD symptoms. The symptoms can be self-inflicted. PTSD victims continually relive the event through thoughts and flashbacks that take them back to that moment. In reliving that traumatic experience, they may feel resentment that it did not go another way. Eventually, it could cause them to withdraw from their family and friends because they regret or blame themselves for what happened. 

Other signs of PTSD include:

  • Startling very easily
  • Having a short fuse and lashing out at family, friends, or co-workers
  • More focused on the traumatic event than fun activities
  • Not come in contact with places or individuals that remind a person of the traumatic event
  • May act in a self-destructive manner
  • Not as in tune with their usual hobbies
  • Frequent nightmares when sleeping at night
  • Intensely paranoid
  • Difficulty concentrating

PTSD is more common for people that do not have a strong support system to help them positively cope with what happened. 

If you have more questions about PTSD, refer to the American Psychiatric Association FAQ about PTSD. 

 

How does addiction set in because of trauma? 

Addiction and trauma go hand-in-hand. The traumatized person is attempting to look for an outlet to cope with the onset of the negative emotion from the traumatic event. 

According to the American Addiction Centers, PTSD patients are 14 times more likely to experience substance abuse. Rather than seeking help for their PTSD symptoms, especially if they do not have a strong support system, some PTSD patients may feel that substances or alcohol could help them cope with the negative feelings.  

PTSD victims that have crossed this threshold of turning to substance abuse as a coping mechanism should seek trauma-informed care for substance abuse

 

How does trauma-informed care work? 

Trauma-informed care helps trauma and PTSD victims to accept what happened to them, recognize their triggers, and discover ways to positively cope with their trauma. 

Services that may be offered at your local trauma center include:

  • Exposure therapy will guide you through confronting and accepting the traumatic memory while finding positive coping mechanisms
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) will help you to pinpoint what details of the traumatic event bother you and reframe your mindset to move on with life
  • Somatic experiencing therapy helps to heal PTSD and reverse effects from a traumatic event

 

Where You Can Find Trauma-Informed Care Treatment 

You can find trauma-informed care at a local rehabilitation center near you. Cornerstone Healing in Scottsdale, Arizona can help you with trauma-informed care for substance abuse or alcoholism. Whether residential programs, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient programs, there is something that works for every patient. 

We are here to help you through your possible trauma, PTSD, and substance abuse or alcoholism to get you back on your feet. Trauma does not define your life. You can turn that trauma around to have a positive life going forward. 

For more information about Cornerstone Healing Center’s services and intake procedures, call or text any time of the day at 800-643-2108. 

 

FAQs on Trauma-Informed Care

You may have some trauma-informed care questions to ask. We have answers to all your frequently asked questions about trauma-informed care below. 

 

Q: How do you continue to cope with trauma triggers after trauma-informed care?

A: Once you have completed trauma-informed care, you can continue to cope with trauma triggers by:

  • Performing yoga
  • Doing another mindfulness exercise such as Tai Chi or Qigong
  • Exercise of your choice
  • Meditation
  • Seeking comfort from your pet(s)
  • Talk about your emotions with a trusted friend or family member
  • Journaling
  • Draw, paint, or do another craft to express yourself 
  • Deep-breathing exercises
  • A hobby you once loved and want to reconnect with it

Q: Does a specific trauma have to happen for me to contract PTSD?

A: While PTSD is usually considered a psychological disorder that veterans experience, anyone can experience PTSD. All that it takes is a traumatic event that a person cannot move on from to contract PTSD. 

Q: What factors make it a higher probability of contracting PTSD?

A: If you have depression and/or anxiety that runs in the family or if you experienced more than one trauma, that can cause PTSD. However, even one traumatic event that was highly severe can cause PTSD as well.

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