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Healing Trauma: The Core of Residential Treatment for Women

Mental Health, Recovery, Women

When a person is stuck in the seemingly never-ending cycle of substance abuse, it might feel like there is no way out. But the truth is that hope is available, especially when one key element is integrated into the residential treatment program: healing trauma.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) and trauma have worse treatment outcomes compared to patients without traumatic histories. It’s all connected: when a person experiences traumatic stress, it increases the risk and severity of both mental illness and substance abuse.

The pathway to successful treatment for substance use disorders (SUD) is getting to the root of the problem. Too often, treatment programs only scratch the surface by focusing mostly on the symptoms. Yes, the goal is to help a patient get sober and stay away from these substances. However, failing to address the underlying trauma is a superficial approach – like putting a Band-Aid on a wound that requires stitches or surgery.

While it’s good to change behavior and encourage a new way of living substance-free, these lifestyle changes will be temporary without rebuilding the foundation. A better way to achieve long-lasting results is by prioritizing trauma healing through a comprehensive care approach, which will naturally resolve the surface-level symptoms of substance abuse.

Trauma-informed treatment is an effective solution for healing the root of the addiction, helping a person move forward with an optimistic outlook for the future.

SUD in Men vs. Women

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 29 million adults (18 years and older) in the United States perceive that they are currently dealing with SUD or have faced these challenges in the past and are now in recovery. 

SUD can affect people of all genders and ages. Men have higher rates of use or dependence on both illicit drugs and alcohol compared to women. However, data shows that women have a higher susceptibility to craving and relapse, making it harder to break free from the addiction cycle.

Why Gender-Specific, Trauma-Informed Care Matters

Unfortunately, historical studies only researched how men are affected by drugs and alcohol. This medical bias left women with an unfair disadvantage until the 1990s when women started being included as research participants. 

It’s only been in the last 30 years that researchers have uncovered differences in addiction for men vs. women. Now experts are exploring and implementing effective solutions for residential treatment for women. 

Not only do biological differences play a role in SUD and recovery, but sociological differences also impact each person. For example, one unique challenge faced by women with SUD is the fear of seeking help while pregnant. Substance abuse can cause complications for the baby, but women worry about asking for help during pregnancy due to the legal or social problems they might face. 

Gender-specific care accounts for hormonal differences as well as the way many women face the juggling act of multiple roles: professional, mother, caregiver, and wife. Women’s residential treatment centers provide a safe space for women to face their traumas and receive support from both experts and peers.

The Vital Connection Between Trauma and SUD in Women

Many women with addictive disorders report a history of violence and/or abuse, with 73% reporting 5 – 7 instances of trauma, such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect. These traumatic experiences have an undeniable emotional impact on women, which increases the risk of developing SUD.

When a person is a survivor of trauma, they are experiencing dysregulated stress responses. So, there are often attempts to manage mood symptoms or self-medicate, resulting in a high risk of substance use.

Not only does a history of trauma contribute to the development of substance use disorders, but it has been reported that various combinations of different types and severities of childhood trauma relate to the clinical characteristics of SUD

At Avery Lane, we see many success stories in addiction recovery from women who are dealing with the impact of their childhood trauma. Emma, a busy mother of 2, shares how “creating safety for her children is the highest priority, but it’s more challenging than I anticipated when my own childhood trauma is triggered… and I find myself turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism.” 

For Emma, not only did the unresolved childhood trauma affect her adult life, but the stress of parenting, career, and household responsibilities led to overwhelm. After years of numbing through alcohol abuse, she finally had a wake-up call and reached out to Avery Lane for support. Healing the underlying trauma has given Emma the strength to enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle with her family.

Trauma healing is critical, especially since there is a strong connection between exposure to traumatic experiences and the risk of substance use disorders (SUDs) – particularly for people experiencing trauma in childhood. 

Unique Needs: Residential Treatment for Women

A cookie-cutter approach to substance use disorder treatment isn’t sufficient to achieve results for every person. Not only does gender play a role in effective therapies for trauma, but there are many other personal and life factors that must be considered when creating a treatment plan. 

We customize residential therapy for addiction and trauma based on the unique needs of each client. Our gender-specific treatment programs specialize in women’s health and recovery, and we’ve found that the most effective strategies include:

Healing Trauma

Trauma-informed care in residential settings can change a person’s life. Therapeutic approaches for trauma in residential treatment require several essential elements:

  • Hiring a trauma-informed workforce
  • Screening for trauma
  • Training staff in trauma-specific treatment approaches
  • Involving clients in the treatment process

We focus on empowering clients through education, helping them choose the ideal treatment options for their unique needs. 

Supportive Environment

It’s essential for recovering clients to experience a safe environment, especially when healing from trauma. We offer safe and comfortable residential solutions for mental health and substance abuse support. Other supportive environments are available through partial hospitalization or an intensive outpatient program.

Rest assured knowing that we provide safety and privacy in residential treatment, allowing clients to build a foundation of trust with support staff and all members of our team.

Physical safety practices include:

  • Monitoring access to the building
  • Implementing effective security protocols to protect everyone on-site
  • Proper lighting and comfortable décor
  • Managing noise levels to create a peaceful environment

Emotional and social safety practices include:

  • Friendly, welcoming staff members who truly care about each client
  • Clear, respectful communication with clients and their families at all times
  • Proper interpersonal boundaries between staff members and clients
  • Maintaining consistency with scheduling and treatments
  • Being aware of how history and cultural influences affect a person’s perception of trauma

Aftercare Recovery

Residential therapy for addiction and trauma is an effective solution for fast-tracking a client’s recovery. For long-term success, it’s essential to ensure access to ongoing services through an aftercare program. 

This full-service approach keeps individuals in contact with their therapists and psychotherapists as needed. The goal is to help each client maintain a continuing lifestyle of holistic practices so they can stay motivated and energic in their recovery. 

Comprehensive Care Strategies

Our approach is through holistic residential treatment for women. We are prioritizing whole being recovery – not just symptom management. This evidence-based therapy uses modalities that are scientifically based, supporting women with both addiction recovery and overcoming mental health challenges at the same time.

Our expert team continues to apply cutting-edge solutions, with results that enhance client’s quality of life during and after treatment. Each client receives a customized treatment plan using different healing modalities that are available, such as:

  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Anger Management
  • Equine Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Yoga
  • Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • And more

This list is just scratching the surface. You can view more details about all of our modalities and how they can be used within a personalized treatment plan.

The Transformative Potential of Specialized Care

According to the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, only 10% of adults who need treatment for substance abuse disorders receive the care they require. Unfortunately, many people aren’t accessing the care and support they need. 

But among the people who seek support, the results speak for themselves: addiction treatment works. 

The way out is through specialized care, which can have a transformative impact to improve every aspect of a person’s life. 

Contact One of the Leading Residential Treatment Centers

At Avery Lane, we are committed to helping women on all levels of the addiction and/or mental health spectrum. Our client-centered programs offer residential treatment for women over 18, with full-service solutions.

Our team not only helps clients with overcoming trauma in treatment, but the ultimate goal is empowerment in addiction recovery. For more information about healing trauma in residential settings, contact Avery Lane for a consultation: (800) 270-2406

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