The Essentials of …Series: Trauma-informed Care


Key Questions: What is Trauma-informed Care? Why is it important to understand and treat trauma properly? What is the relation between trauma and addiction?

Trauma-informed services take into account an understanding of trauma in all aspects of service delivery and place priority on the trauma survivor’s safety and empowerment. There are established and compelling connections between the experience of trauma and use of substances. Thus, it is important for substance use treatment providers to help people understand common responses to trauma, and make the connections between their experience of trauma and their substance use in order to meaningfully facilitate growth and healing.

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  • What is Trauma?
  • Why Is an Understanding of Trauma Important for the Addiction Workforce?
  • What Are Trauma-informed Approaches?
  • Implications for Addiction Services
  • Summary
  • References
  • Selected Resources
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Key Principles of Trauma-informed Approaches

  1. Trauma awareness
  2. Emphasis on safety and trustworthiness
  3. Opportunity for choice, collaboration, and connection
  4. Strengths-based and skill building

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What is Trauma-Informed Care?