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Trauma-Informed Care

TraumaIndividuals with substance use disorders often have a history of trauma, with research data indicating that 60 percent to 90 percent of treatment participants have experienced one or more traumatic events. Failure to understand and address trauma may lead to lack of engagement in services, increase in symptoms, re-traumatization, increase in relapse, withdrawal from the service relationship, and poor treatment outcomes. Growing up in a home with a parent with a substance use disorder is also associated with trauma. Families affected by substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare system need a system of care that recognizes the impact of trauma on their functioning and recovery. Evidence-based trauma services should be provided within the context of an organizational culture that avoids triggering or unintentional re-traumatization for both parents and children. In a trauma-informed organization, every part of the organization—from management to service delivery—has an understanding of how trauma affects the life of an individual seeking services.

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    • Trauma-Informed Care Walkthrough Project Report - Data and Findings
      Trauma-Informed Care Walkthrough Project Report - Data and Findings(PDF 458KB)

      This report describes findings from the Trauma-Informed Care Assessment Project, through which NCSACW conducted trauma-informed care walkthrough assessments with five partnerships across the country with Family Drug Courts that serve families affected by substance abuse and child maltreatment. These walkthrough assessments enabled the sites to better understand services through the eyes of their clients, uncovered inadvertent trauma triggers and generated concrete changes to become a more trauma-informed system. This report provides information on key strategies that systems can implement to minimize trauma triggers for clients.

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