Trauma Integrated Care

Historically speaking, addiction treatment, mental health services, and trauma care  have been provided in a sequential (one after the other) process.  The old philosophy dictated that providers needed to determine the “primary” diagnosis and treat that first before moving on to other, less acute, issues. Thankfully, the field is starting to recognize that trauma, mental health, and addiction need to be treated in an integrated process.   At Jaywalker Lodge we believe that unresolved trauma creates significant, unique challenges to long-term recovery and must be treated in a holistic, integrated way. We call this a “trauma integrated model” that serves to address all the underlying challenges that create road blocks to successful recovery.  Listed below are the philosophies, goals, and core components of the model.  

Philosophy:

  • Unresolved trauma creates road blocks (stuck places) to an authentic recovery journey and inhibits the effectiveness of addiction treatment.
  • Trauma resolution and addiction treatment should take place in an integrated process.
  • Community integration and the peer-to-peer relationship are core components of effective care. 
  • Trauma should be assessed and treated throughout a long-term continuum of care.
  • Trauma modalities and interventions need to connect to core addiction modalities and interventions. 
  • Addiction and trauma specialists must work together to create a common language of recovery. 

Goal:

  • Create an overall safe environment where clients are supported in a holistic, restorative journey that works to heal negative core beliefs, reduce post-traumatic symptoms, and remove road blocks to an authentic recovery experience. 

Core components:

  • Thorough assessment 
  • Stabilization and emotional regulation, coping strategies 
  • Community integration and attachment work
  • Active 12-step participation, utilized as both a core trauma modality as well as a foundation for addiction treatment
  • Co-therapy and collaboration between trauma specialists and addiction counselors using best practice, evidenced based modalities- EMDR, TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, Heart Math, TRE, and 12-step facilitation. 
  • Facilitating closed Trauma groups
  • Trauma management and treatment throughout a long-term continuum of care

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