Principles of Trauma-Informed Care

In the struggle with addiction and mental disorder it takes consistent pursuit to manage these disorders to keep yourself healthy and have the quality of life that you want. However, these pursuits vary based on the individual. Since stigmas and taboos still surround mental disorders and addiction, it might feel scary to seek help. And perhaps your triggers and diseases stem from a traumatic experience. In that case, you might think of your situation as being unique and therefore be more sensitive about the idea of opening yourself up to getting help.

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) understands the pervasiveness of trauma and provides safe environments to help you heal. Rather than generalize and categorize your disorders using a broad brushstroke, TIC is focused on addressing your underlying trauma to help you recover it at the source. Trauma-informed care is concerned about what’s happened rather than what’s wrong. The support available will be accessible and appropriate to meet your needs.

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma-informed care or TIC assumes that, more often than not, the patient has a history of trauma. Since it is aware of the prevalence of trauma, it offers an understanding of the impacts of trauma on the mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral aspects of health. TIC aims to find triggers outside of the obvious. The attempt is to help you recognize unknown or subtle cues related to trauma that have been leading you to cope by using drugs and other substances. Such occurrences are known as re-traumatization.

Re-Traumatization is the idea that your situation or environment resembles your trauma. Re-traumatization is often unintentional and not always obvious, such as feeling isolated or restrained. Other cues could include sounds, smells, and specific interactions with others. These cues could exasperate either multiple or singular traumatic experiences and you might feel hesitant or less motivated to seek help because of this.

5 Principles of TIC

If you feel hesitant to venture into TIC treatment, understand that the approach to help you manage your trauma is an alternative therapy unlike any other. It practices thorough and controlled exercises that let you advance at your pace to help you regulate your trauma. A successful session will allow you the freedom of sobriety and the opportunity to increase the quality of your life. There are five principles that build on one another to help you to make a connection with yourself and others.

  1. Safety
    Since you will be in a treatment center, you will be living among others struggling with addiction and trauma. Seeing others go through their experience could feel overwhelming. Your safety is a top priority in treatment as it ensures that you are physically and emotionally taken care of by offering you common areas where you can go and be among professionals and patients and share your experiences. It is also sensitive to your needs, so if you are not ready to be social, there are safe spaces where you can have your privacy and establish trust and boundaries between you and others.
  2. Choice
    There should never be a point during the treatment when you feel out of control. TIC will allow you to go at your own pace. Upon choosing TIC to help with your trauma and addiction, you will receive a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities. By allowing you the freedom of choice, you can develop the skills needed to collaborate and participate in your treatment when you are ready. TIC will also offer you a feeling of empowerment and control, which will help you refocus your perspective and establish resilience.
  3. Collaboration
    You should never feel isolated or disconnected from staff or fellow patients during this treatment because you share a connection with everybody around you. Your experiences will vary, but these are all driving toward one goal: healing the mind and body. From an individual standpoint, you will have a significant role in planning and evaluating activities during TIC. From a collaborative perspective, you will help make decisions and share responsibilities with others.
  4. Trust
    When given tasks in a group setting that offers you the freedom to think and share thoughts and establish boundaries, you begin to develop confidence in yourself and others. Not only do you create personal boundaries but interpersonal boundaries, which help to maintain a sense of professionalism and respect. From this, you will begin to develop bonds among the staff and your peers. You should never feel alone—the idea is to build trust so that you always have support to call on.
  5. Empowerment
    One of the primary components in any recovery program is attaining empowerment. Since TIC incorporates and recognizes the trauma in your life, it offers more than conventional recovery care. It aims to shed light on your past experiences by helping you make sense of why you are hanging onto these experiences. It will also simultaneously help you manage the way you cope through effective treatments of support and choice, not drugs or alcohol. When you stay the course and challenge yourself to go through the process, you will attain lasting empowerment. With empowerment comes a sense of freedom and validation that makes you feel like you can live up to any challenge and live life on your own terms. In the end, you will be able to control your triggers and past experiences that stem from trauma.

Addiction rarely presents itself without past trauma or mental or physiological disorder. This is why it is essential to practice the kind of care that is always evolving and recognizes the importance of the human experience and that there is no universal care for everybody. Trauma-Informed Care aims to uphold its promise to keep searching for new and effective methods.

If you are dealing with trauma in your life or trying managing it with drugs or alcohol, it is time to seek help and consider Trauma-Informed Care. True Recovery is a treatment center founded on the practice of alternative care. True Recovery believes that everybody suffering has a different story and needs care that is specific and useful to their needs.

True Recovery is available 24/7. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528.