Of the many approaches that we take to address substance abuse addictions at our Ripple Ranch treatment center, one of the most important and effective is a trauma-informed approach. A clear understanding of trauma and the effect it can have on people allows us to view addiction from a more informed perspective and provide direct and adequate treatment to victims of substance abuse addiction.
Trauma-informed care is a holistic approach that takes into account a person’s past trauma and the effect it has on their current mindset and behavior. In other words, trauma-informed care is a method of dealing with the root causes of issues instead of just the symptoms.
Systems without trauma sensitivity training can be compared to a homeowner who notices that water is dripping from their living room ceiling and attempts to solve the problem by placing a bucket under the leak and patching the hole in the ceiling. While this does temporarily fix the visible symptoms and give the appearance of solving the problem, it doesn’t provide an effective long-term solution.
On the other hand, systems that use trauma-informed care can be likened to that same homeowner noticing the leak, taking the same steps to temporarily fix the symptoms of the problem, and then hiring a roofing company to find and repair the hole in the roof that allowed the water to enter the house in the first place. Taking that extra step will make all the difference in the long run by actively preventing any future leaks from happening.
From the perspective of substance abuse and addiction recovery, an effective trauma-informed approach is one that starts with acknowledging that people often abuse substances like drugs or alcohol as a result of trauma. Without this understanding, healthcare providers are not able to effectively help the addict conquer their addiction in the long run.
Much like the homeowner who only treated the symptoms of the leak, the addict’s use of substances to cope with their trauma does help the addict feel better, but only temporarily. However, it does not effectively solve the problem and only serves to make it worse by allowing the unresolved emotions to grow in intensity.
This is why it is so important to address and treat the underlying issues such as traumatic events that inspired the addict to begin abusing substances. Trauma-informed care is absolutely necessary to deliver holistic patient care and no long-term recovery is possible without it. Systems like our Ripple Ranch recovery center that use trauma-informed care:
If you live in Texas and are struggling with a substance abuse addiction, please don’t struggle alone. Call Ripple Ranch today and let us help you conquer your addiction and more effectively cope with the events in your life that influenced or inspired your addiction. Our experienced staff has the tools and resources you need to break free from your addiction, heal from the damages it caused, and rebuild your life on a sure foundation.
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