Co-Occurring Disorders
Clients living with substance misuse and addiction often have histories of emotional, physical and/or sexual trauma. The 12 Step groups AA and NA are the most widespread and available peer support groups for addiction recovery, though some of their language may be contraindicated for survivors of trauma. This training provides an introduction to broadened definitions of trauma and the key principles of trauma informed care; explores the relationship between unhealed trauma and the development of substance use disorders through an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES); offers alternative language to prevent retraumatization; and resources for alternatives to 12 Step.