Trauma Informed Therapy

Trauma Informed Therapy for Addiction

Trauma informed therapy has a distinct philosophy to rehab. It is based on the understanding that many people getting services in the addiction recovery world have some type of trauma in their past. Therefore, it is important to be cognizant of the possibility of trauma in client stories when they come in for drug rehab.

Trauma informed therapy approaches clients from a viewpoint of admiration— for them as people, for their persistence skills and for their toughness. Clients are urged to collaborate and contribute to their recovery. Likewise, they'll be able to break free from the pain and re-create a sense of self-worth. Trauma informed therapy addresses the client’s well-being and their addiction needs. It offers a reassuring strategy for hope, healing, and recovery.

What is Trauma Informed Therapy?

Trauma informed therapy is a talk therapy that casts light and understanding on how trauma affects the lives of those it touches. It often concentrates on behaviors that can create triggers. For some people, trauma makes it challenging to handle otherwise small problems.

Many clients suffering addiction also has a history of trauma. The trauma can happen as a one-time event or be repeated over time. Trauma can have a harsh impact on the primary victim and on family members and friends too. The BriteLife Recovery integrated trauma informed therapy program was designed to address the side-effects of trauma and addiction.

Trauma Informed Therapy Benefits

Trauma informed therapy can be valuable to clients who have undergone a traumatic event or a long-term, chronic issue. By engaging in this kind of talk therapy, clients can learn more about trauma and how best to address it. The benefits of trauma-focused therapy include:

  • Trauma learning
  • Create a safe place
  • Pinpoint triggers
  • Expand coping strategies
  • Reduce stress
  • Learn trauma processing


  • Domestic violence
  • PTSD
  • Natural disasters
  • Physical abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Neglect

Events, Experiences and Effects of Trauma (The 3 E's)


A danger of physical or psychological harm, including natural catastrophes, violence, and more. This can also elate to child abandonment that damages development.



The manner in which a person experiences an event is unique to them. For some, it will be distressing, while others will recuperate quickly. How a person distributes meaning to an event can make it traumatic or not. In most disturbing experiences, the person feels powerless and questions “why me?”

Many people feel guilt, shame, embarrassment, and more after a traumatic episode, and these reactions can shape the experience and influence how they respond to it. Cultural beliefs, social support, and the age of the person are involved in how the event will influence them.


Negative effects can occur immediately or not until later. They can endure for a long period, or only for a short time. These effects can include the feeling powerlessness to daily stress, relationship problems, problems with thinking, memory, and attention, and controlling emotions and conduct. 

Some common traumatic effects include heightened alertness to their environs, avoidance, physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, and having difficulty finding value in the experience.

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