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What is Trauma-Informed Treatment?

When it comes to substance use disorders, there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding. One of the most common misconceptions is that people with addiction are “bad” or “weak,” which could not be further from the truth. Addiction is a complex brain disease that affects people from all walks of life. Trauma-informed treatment is a particular type of care that recognizes trauma’s role in addiction and recovery. This blog post will discuss what trauma-informed treatment is and why it’s important.

Trauma-Informed Treatment

Trauma-informed treatment is an approach to care that focuses on understanding, respecting, and responding to the effects of trauma. It is based on the premise that trauma can significantly contribute to substance use disorders. Therefore, in order to effectively treat substance use disorders, we must also address the underlying trauma.

Trauma-informed treatment is designed to address the needs of people who have experienced trauma. Trauma can take many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; neglect; and exposure to violence or natural disasters. People who have experienced trauma often struggle with substance use disorders as a way to cope with the pain and trauma they have experienced.

Trauma-informed treatment takes a holistic approach to care. This type of care recognizes the importance of mind, body, and spirit in recovery. Treatment focuses on helping individuals heal from the traumas they have experienced and learn new skills for coping with stressors in their lives. This type of care also emphasizes building trusting relationships between patients and providers.

Why is trauma-informed treatment important?

Studies have shown that trauma-informed treatment effectively reduces substance use and improves overall mental health. Additionally, trauma-informed care can help to reduce the risk of relapse and improve long-term recovery outcomes.

There are many reasons why trauma-informed treatment is so necessary. Perhaps the most important reason is that it can help break the cycle of substance abuse. People who have experienced trauma may turn to substances to cope with the pain and memories. However, this only leads to further trauma and more substance abuse. Trauma-informed treatment can help break this cycle by providing individuals with the tools they need to deal with their trauma in a healthy way and build a foundation for lasting recovery.

Trauma therapies should include individual therapy and evidence-based interventions, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), neurofeedback and biofeedback, and meditation training. 

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and trauma, know that there is hope.

Trauma-informed treatment can be an incredibly effective tool in recovery, but it is important to remember that everyone is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. What works for one person may not work for another, so it is essential to find a therapist or treatment program that feels right for you.

Every staff member at Origins, from our medical and clinical staff to our executive and support staff, including our Dallas Trauma Therapy team are educated and trained about the importance of nurturing a trauma-informed treatment environment for our patients to heal in. 


Origins Behavioral Healthcare is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety.

For information on our programs, call us today: 561-841-1296.

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If you or someone you love has a substance use or mental health disorder, Origins Behavioral HealthCare can help. We will work alongside you to provide the most comprehensive treatment available.