The term trauma-informed care references a specified approach to treating victims of trauma that directly addresses the consequences of that trauma for the purposes of facilitating recovery and healing.
For first responders, who are routinely exposed to trauma in the course of carrying out their duties every day, trauma plays a unique and significant role in mental health and overall wellness. In order for comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment to be effective, it is essential that treatment not only recognize the existence of trauma exposure and respond to it but also work to protect against re-traumatization in the course of care.
Principles of Trauma-Informed Care
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are six principles that influence trauma-informed treatment rather than specific types of therapeutic
intervention. These six principles include:
Is Trauma-Informed Care Right For You?
First responders seeking treatment for substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues will benefit from trauma-informed care. At Clinical Services of Rhode Island, we offer the option of trauma-informed care programs that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Call now to learn more.