Trauma-Informed Care Program
We offer gender specific and co-ed trauma treatment groups utilizing evidence-based programs, including Seeking Safety and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to address co-occurring substance use and trauma.
SAMHSA reports that 2/3 of individuals who have a substance use disorder have experienced traumatic events in their lifetime, and the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Studies have found that individuals who have experienced childhood trauma are 5,000 more times likely to have mental health symptoms, including substance use disorders and IV drug use.
Our Trauma Program
Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center acknowledge that our clients have experienced a multitude of traumatic stressors in their lives, such as abuse, neglect, disaster, war, violence, loss, incarceration, homelessness and other emotionally harmful experiences. With this in mind, we offer Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) to all our clients. SAHMSA indicates a trauma-informed program “realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, family, staff, and others involved with the system; and respondsby fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices, and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.” (SAHMSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, 2014)
Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center recognizes the importance in providing safety, trustworthiness/transparency, peer support, collaboration/mutuality, empowerment/voice and choice and being humble to cultural, historical and gender issues. This framework will be evident in our leadership, policy, physical environment, engagement, collaboration and screening, assessment & treatment services, training & workforce development, quality assurance and program evaluation.
All clients will be thoroughly screened to determine traumatic events, experience of events and ongoing effect. We will tailor their program to address individual needs, including, but not limited to addressing symptoms related to adverse childhood experiences, adult onset trauma, grief and loss, institutionalization, frustration tolerance and managing cravings and chronic relapse due to co-occurring issues.
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Often the symptoms related to normative responses to trauma can impact one’s ability to maintain recovery, and many of our clients who present with primary substance use disorder have co-occurring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that has been mis-diagnosed as depression, anxiety, impulse control, intermittent explosive disorder or personality disorders. Our program seeks to focus on solutions rather than pathology and blame. We do not ask “what is wrong with you,” instead we focus on “what do you need.”
Grief and Loss
Often, individuals who have substance use disorders have experienced significant losses in their lives, including the passing of family, friends and loved ones, loss of sense of self and purpose in life as well as emotional and spiritual losses. Once clients stop using alcohol and other drugs, the experiences of grief and loss surface and can lead to major setbacks in recovery, including relapse. Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center will provide education and support regarding common reactions to grief and loss and will provide specialized grief therapy groups for those in need.
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Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center offers a warm, encouraging and safe physical environment with salt lamps, weighted blankets and UV light therapy boxes placed throughout. Positive statements adorn the walls, reminding all who are present that healing, gratitude and connection are possible for all.
Behavioral Technicians with lived experience in recovery will provide additional support to clients while attending programming, on break or while conducting screenings. All clients will be treated with dignity and respect during the screening process. Our words have power, and we acknowledge that every interaction with clients will be positive and encouraging. Behavioral Technicians are supervised by a clinical professional to ensure consistency with a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach.
Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center will integrate daily Mindfulness and Meditation groups for all clients. This assists with improving ability to cope with anxiety and life stressors, providing a venue for relaxation and empowering clients through use of mantras and meditative reflections.
Mindfulness and distress tolerance are key elements of DBT and provide skills and tools to assist individuals in managing triggers and cravings to overcome the desire to use, which assists individuals over time in achieving long-term recovery and healing.
Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center’s Trauma Informed Care approach in our programs and services will assist individuals in overcoming the events of their past, so they may let go of the pain holding them in the grips of the vicious disease of addiction, so they may experience healing of body, mind and spirit, restoration of relationships, and an ability to seek and find a new sense of purpose and passion in their lives.