Trauma such as sexual abuse and domestic violence can impact one’s spirituality, sobriety, relationships with self, others, and her environment, leading to shame, guilt, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and isolation. With effective treatment one does not have to suffer from trauma and its implications, one can heal. Therefore the therapists at A Woman’s Way to Recovery in Denver operate from a trauma informed perspective.
One study showed that 75% of women in treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse report having been sexually abused (American Journal on Addictions, June 1997). Furthermore, about 90% of women who are dependent upon alcohol suffered “severe violence at the hands of a parent” or were sexually abused during childhood (Journal of Traumatic Stress, December 1999). Also note that a study of 100 adult patients with poly toxic drug abuse revealed that 70% of the female subjects had been sexually abused prior to the age of 16 (Schizophrenia Research, December 2002).
A Woman’s Way to Recovery offers a program that is trauma sensitive, creating an environment which is safe, nurturing and supportive. “Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives” (The National Center on Trauma Informed Care). As NCTIC encourages, trauma informed programs seek to change the paradigm from one that asks, “What’s wrong with you?” to one that asks, “What has happened to you”?