Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma occurs in the lives of many people. It can sometimes take months or years for the full impact of trauma to come to light. Trauma can be experienced via a single event, a series of events, or sometimes even quite subtle experiences that build up over time. The effects or memories of distressing events such as childhood abuse, natural disasters, accidents, war, emotional betrayal, can all cause a person to suffer from emotional shock and resulting trauma.

It is quite common in our culture for people to use substances to regulate unmanageable feelings and in the absence of suitable alternatives, this is perhaps a sensible approach. However once that substance is removed, those difficult feelings or traumas can rise to the surface.

As a result, simply detoxing from a substance such as alcohol or opiates is rarely effective, as the underlying issues have not yet been addressed. This is why a trauma-informed approach to addiction rehabilitation and care is critical for successful ongoing recovery.

At The Bay, a personalised treatment program will be tailored for your particular needs and situation. Our approach utilises trauma-informed care as well as understanding and compassion for your life history and personal rehabilitation goals.

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What Does “Trauma-Informed Care” Mean?

Treatment that is trauma-informed uses several elements in order to help you through addiction recovery, while also addressing the possibility of underlying issues. 

Trauma-informed care is an evidence-based approach that works to:

  • Help you look inside yourself to discover why you began abusing drugs in the first place; and explore any residual traumatic feelings in a safe, nurturing, and compassionate environment.
  • Ensure that treatment always remains respectful and moves in a positive direction, so that you can work towards healing.
  • Create an atmosphere of compassion and trust that allows you to feel supported but also empowered to discuss any challenging or difficult emotions you may be feeling.
  • Understand that trauma is held in the body and so in order to heal, a somatic or body-oriented approach is required in tandem with psychotherapeutic approaches. 

In essence, trauma-informed care is logical. Through this approach, you can better understand the actual underlying reasons for your addiction or unconscious behaviour. Once you come to a clearer awareness and understanding of why you may be behaving in a self-destructive manner, you can begin to heal the layers with an integrated approach; you may also arrive at self-compassion – that moment when guilt falls away to be replaced with understanding and self-awareness.

Why is Trauma-Informed Care So Important? 

Trauma-informed care is essentially the backbone of our program because trauma and drug addiction are so often intimately connected. If the emotions caused by painful events in your life are not uncovered and given their own proper treatment, you will be more likely to return to substance abuse as a coping mechanism after you leave a program.

Your Personalised Treatment Program.

We provide one-to-one, single-patient care within a secure and private residence where you can feel safe to work through your experiences and the feelings that arise. You’ll also have your very own group of practitioners with whom you will build nurturing relationships as you work to uncover the root causes of your addiction, behaviours or emotions, and find healing. 

If you would like to know more about trauma-informed care, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +61 2 6684 4240 (Australia) or +1 310 220 0352 (USA).



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