Trauma Response Care


Everyone finds their way into addiction in different ways. While the gateway to addiction is distinct for everyone, over the past 25 years, behavioral health experts agree that substance abuse and addiction can relate to a past trauma, especially during the younger child development years.

Most people recognize trauma to imply any painful or terrifying event that becomes an emotional burden for that person. That’s a straightforward definition, but in the world of substance abuse treatment, it needs to be enlarged to include the role trauma plays in the lives of people with addiction problems. Having undiagnosed (or secretive) trauma has a lot to do with addiction problems. By recognizing trauma, a path can be forged that has people learning to view it more objectively, and less emotionally. Trauma response care guides clients to compartmentalize the issue so they can recover from substance abuse.


Trauma response care offers a unique approach to addiction care. It is based on the acknowledgment that many people getting help for addiction have some sort of trauma in their life. Thus, it is crucial to be aware of trauma when listening to client stories.

Trauma response care talks to clients from a position of respect— for them as individuals and their courage. Clients are recommended to collaborate in their treatment plan and be forthcoming. In this way, clients have a chance to free themselves from their emotional strife. It also helps generate a new state of reality and self-worth. Trauma response speaks directly to the client’s wellbeing about their individual treatment needs. It offers a caring and insightful approach for hope, healing, and recovery from drugs or alcohol.

Many of our therapists have been trained in trauma response care. This involves realizing the role that trauma may play in substance abuse, and in the full gamut of behavioral health. They have come to know how to lightly ask and discuss trauma as an element of BriteLife's rehab program.


The medical community is increasingly concerned about how widespread trauma is and what an overwhelming affect it can have on people. Traumatic events also affect a substantial part of the population and can have physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health consequences. Research from the National Institute of Health suggests, "among women seeking addiction treatment and public mental health services, over 80% have experienced personal violence and trauma.". In addition, the same research showed nearly 90% of persons seeking for treatment of conditions such as anxiety and depressive disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders are likely to have been subjected to major emotional, physical, or sexual abuse in childhood. Trauma response care focuses on freeing clients from their intense pain and teaches them how to cope with trauma more objectively.


Trauma response care can be very useful for clients who have been through a traumatic experience or a distressing, chronic issue. By collaborating with their therapist, clients can understand more about themselves and how to best deal with their trauma. The following are just some of the benefits of trauma response care:

  • Trauma education.
  • Personal safety.
  • Understand triggers.
  • Develops coping strategies.
  • Diminished anxiety.
  • Practice trauma processing.

Common Forms of Trauma

  • Domestic violence
  • PTSD
  • Physical abuse
  • Desertion
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Neglect
  • Betrayal

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder and trauma in their history, then BriteLife Recovery in Hanover, PA may be able to help. Please call us confidentially at 866-470-1464 to get the help you need and deserve.

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