Each person’s story is different. According to the Sidran Institute, an estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives, and up to 20% of these individuals go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thus, an estimated 13 million people are said to be experiencing PTSD at any given time. These high numbers indicate the importance of individualized treatment for those in recovery – each person has had different experiences, thus rendering different needs. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a program or organization that is trauma informed:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands the various impacts that trauma can have on recovery;
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved in the system;
- Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices;
- Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization
If you’re seeking a reputable treatment center for a mental illness, substance use disorder or addiction, the organization you move forward with should provide a number of services that aim to make you feel as supported as possible. This may be done in a variety of ways:
- Safety measures
- Being honest, proving trustworthiness and being as transparent with you as possible
- Allowing for peer support through group discussions and activities
- Collaboration with you in your recovery and creating mutual, agreed-upon decisions as a team effort
- Providing you with an environment that supports feelings of empowerment, voice, and choice in your recovery options
- Cultural, historical, and gender-related support to directly fit your needs
A 2017 study published in Health Justice highlighted the importance of obtaining trauma-related information from a client as far back in their lives as possible – the more information a treatment center can obtain, the more customized the program can be. If you are completing an intake assessment with a program’s coordinator, make sure you are as open and honest as possible – even if it’s painful – so that you can receive the best care possible.
Many people’s mental illness or addiction stem from underlying layers of hurt from trauma. No matter your circumstance, recovery is possible with the right treatment program. Don’t wait any longer to seek help.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.