Often in treating individuals for addiction, mental health, or any other medical condition, trauma is ignored. For years, a large portion of the medical field failed to recognize the immense impact childhood and adult trauma had on individuals. At Integrative Health Centers, we take a trauma informed care approach to treatment. We allow our patients to create a safe and nurturing environment for healing and growth.

What is Trauma?

trauma informed care, doctor talking to patientWhen many hear the term trauma when it comes to medical care, they often think of PTSD in soldiers returning from war. While this is a common occurrence and where the first conversations surrounding trauma care began, this isn’t the only definition of trauma. Trauma is the damage done to the brain after a horrific or distressing event. This event doesn’t have to be violent, and it can be almost anything that causes significant individual amounts of stress and leaves their brain changed. Natural disasters, death of a loved one, serious illness, divorce, sudden relocation, or serious injury can all cause trauma for an individual.

Defining Trauma Informed Care

At Integrative Health Centers, trauma-informed care intentionally respects the autonomy of our patient and justice. We strive to recognize the effects of trauma on the brain and the behavior of our patients, and we create a collaborative treatment plan for each individual we see. We create physical and psychological safety in care, and our goal is to avoid re-traumatizing patients during treatment.

Whether we fight for the rights of our patients for insurance coverage and protection, or we aim to avoid treatment tactics that are embarrassing or humiliating, our clinical team works within the two main pillars of medical ethics. All decision making comes from a place of respect for our patients.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

In the 1980s, medical professionals began writing articles discussing post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans returning home. While the public found their behavior odd, no one made the connection between trauma and behavior. However, those with PTSD demonstrated similar symptoms of a substance use disorder. Divorce, chronic pain, issues with the law, and insomnia are all symptoms that the two disorders share. Unfortunately, there was still a disconnect surrounding the two issues.

Then, in 1998, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study came out to explain the negative effects childhood trauma can have on an individual. We came up with a questionnaire of 10 questions to determine how many ACE’s a patient has experienced. From here, we can then identify the needs of the patient while avoiding retraumatization.

Today, trauma-informed care far surpasses addiction and other medical treatments. Education and law enforcement also embraces trauma-informed care. Thus, this changed the paradigm of how America is being cared for across the board.

Treatment at Integrative Health Centers

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it’s time to contact Integrative Health Centers. Learn about our trauma-informed care approach to addiction and medical treatment by calling 731.352.0603 today. Our team is ready to answer all questions and help you begin your healing journey.