Women's Trauma & Addiction Program FAQs

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What is trauma?

Trauma is significant and/or persistent verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, either past or present, which may affect a woman's emotional well-being, self-esteem and ability to derive pleasure from life.

How do you determine if someone has an addiction?

An addiction occurs when a person experiences loss of control of a harmful substance or harmful behaviors, when attempts to create moderation fail and when these behaviors have a detrimental effect on a person's well-being.

Why should addiction and trauma issues be treated at the same time?

The emotional impact of past or present trauma often worsens in early recovery, as a woman is no longer using addictive substances to cope. The emotional pain, if not addressed, can become unendurable, heading to problems with chronic relapsing.

What groups are offered in the program and how do they help with recovery?

The program provides a variety of specialty groups, including process groups which address trauma issues; addiction groups, which provide education concerning the addiction illness and relapse triggers (using 12-step philosophy); coping skills groups to assist in the healthy management of emotions; and creative arts therapies to facilitate recognition and expression of feeling.

Will I need to take medication for my symptoms?

The program provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations. Medications are prescribed when needed. Medications may be necessary to treat the intrusive symptoms of trauma which often arise in early recovery.