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What Is The Importance of Having A Trauma-Informed Treatment Center?

Everyone has a history that has informed who they are today. As a child, we develop thinking and behavioral patterns that oftentimes stem from our experiences. Even as an adult, traumatic events can affect us so strongly that it forever changes us. This doesn’t mean that we can’t recover or that we can’t become a stronger person from it, but it does mean that the event had a lasting impact on our perspective, thoughts, and/or behavior from then on. If you are seeking a reputable treatment center that can work with you to recover from an addiction or mental illness, it’s important to find one that is trauma-informed.

What does this mean? Trauma-informed organizations, as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),

  • “1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
  • Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices;
  • Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.”

By seeking treatment from a trauma-informed organization, you will likely be alongside healthcare professionals who truly understand the impact of trauma and can provide you with support and resources that you need to thrive in recovery. A 2016 discussion published in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation explains that a variety of practices can be trauma-informed, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), comfort plans, safety information, drama therapy, comfortable rooms, and more. Why would it be important for an organization to be trauma-informed?

Benefits of an organization having this kind of training and knowledge are being in a place of empowerment and where you feel you have a voice, feelings of safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration, as well as specific support for cultural, historical, and gender-related issues. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about how they can directly support your needs.

The Guest House Ocala specializes in the treatment of trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Clinical expertise, a compassionate team, and an outstanding attention to detail ensures each guest’s experience will be customized to their needs. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs: 1-855-483-7800