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Trauma Informed Therapy in Addiction Treatment: A Path to healing and recovery

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At Buckeye Recovery, we understand that addiction is often rooted in trauma. That’s why we prioritize trauma informed therapy as a vital component of our addiction treatment programs. In this article, we will explore the importance of trauma informed therapy in addiction treatment and how it can help individuals on their path to healing and recovery.

The Impact of Trauma on Addiction

Trauma refers to distressing or deeply disturbing events that can leave lasting emotional and psychological scars. It can result from various experiences, such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, or living through a natural disaster. Traumatic events can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope, leading to long-lasting effects on their mental health.

The Connection to Addiction

Trauma and addiction often go hand in hand. Individuals who have experienced trauma may turn to substances as a way to self-medicate and numb their emotional pain. Substance abuse temporarily masks the symptoms of trauma, providing a false sense of relief. However, this coping mechanism ultimately perpetuates the cycle of addiction and prevents true healing from taking place.

What is Trauma Informed Therapy?

Trauma Informed Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Trauma informed therapy is an approach that recognizes the prevalence and impact of trauma on individuals seeking addiction treatment. It aims to create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore and address the underlying trauma that contributes to their addiction.

Key Principles of Trauma Informed Therapy

  • Safety: Creating a safe space where individuals feel secure and empowered is crucial. This involves establishing boundaries, trust, and clear communication.
  • Trustworthiness and Transparency: Open and honest communication is essential, ensuring that clients understand the therapy process and feel respected.
  • Collaboration and Empowerment: Trauma-informed therapy encourages collaboration between the client and therapist, empowering individuals to actively participate in their healing journey.
  • Choice and Control: Clients are given choices and control over their treatment plan, allowing them to set goals and make decisions based on their needs and preferences.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Recognizing and respecting individual differences, including cultural backgrounds, is an integral part of trauma-informed therapy.

Benefits of trauma informed therapy in addiction treatment

Addressing Root Causes

Trauma informed therapy delves into the underlying causes of addiction by addressing the trauma that may have triggered or exacerbated it. By targeting the root causes, individuals have a better chance of achieving lasting recovery.

Empowering Recovery

Through trauma-informed therapy, individuals gain a deeper understanding of their trauma and its impact on their lives. This knowledge empowers them to develop healthier coping mechanisms, build resilience, and break free from the cycle of addiction.

Healing Relationships

Trauma-informed therapy helps individuals rebuild trust, both in themselves and in their relationships with others. It focuses on restoring healthy connections and fostering a sense of belonging and support.

Enhanced Overall Well-being

By addressing trauma and addiction concurrently, individuals experience improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Trauma-informed therapy promotes holistic healing and provides tools to navigate life’s challenges without resorting to substances.

At Buckeye Recovery, we recognize that addressing trauma is paramount to effective addiction treatment. Trauma-informed therapy offers a compassionate and comprehensive approach that guides individuals toward healing, recovery, and a brighter future. If you or a loved one are seeking addiction treatment, reach out to us today to begin your journey of transformation.


Yes, trauma-informed therapy can be beneficial for individuals struggling with various forms of addiction, regardless of the substance or behavior involved.
The duration of trauma-informed therapy can vary depending on individual needs and circumstances. It may range from several weeks to several months or longer.
Absolutely. Trauma-informed therapy can complement other evidence-based treatment approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Yes, confidentiality is a vital aspect of therapy. Our therapists adhere to strict ethical guidelines to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.
To access trauma-informed therapy at Buckeye Recovery, please reach out to our admissions team to get started and take the first step toward your recovery journey.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.