At least two thirds of addicted people have suffered at least one extremely traumatic experience during childhood. The higher the exposure to trauma, the greater the risk. Even one extreme adversity—like losing a parent or witnessing domestic violence—before age 15 doubles the odds of substance use disorders, according to a study of the entire Swedish population. Other “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) include divorce, verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, neglect, active addiction, or symptomatic mental illness in the immediate household and having incarcerated family members.
Trauma-informed care understands, recognizes, and responds to all types of trauma. This approach recognizes trauma symptoms and understands potential paths for recovery. The clinical emphasis is on physical and emotional safety for survivors, allowing them to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. Learn more about Evo's programmatic approach.
National Center for Trauma Informed Care - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
Enhancing Trauma-Informed Approaches in Behavioral Healthcare - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)