Trauma-Informed Treatment

For Young Women with Trauma, Addiction, & Mental Health Disorders

If you are hurting, we see you. We understand the many ways trauma can ripple through your life. It’s like a stone thrown in a pond, causing waves that touch every aspect of your being — for years and years. We’re here to help you understand these ripples, to show you that you’re not alone, and guide you toward healing and growth.

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We believe in the holistic nurturing of trauma-informed care to support you in body, mind, and spirit. We have seen firsthand how trauma has impacted women’s ability to make progress on their mental health and/or substance use disorder recovery journey. Our wide range of services is designed to consider the traumatic aspect of your mental health and/or substance use disorder as we treat and support you on your recovery journey. Therefore, through trauma-informed care, we can support you in building basic life skills, developing coping strategies, and learning how to change your thinking and behavior patterns to lead a principled fulfilling life in long-term recovery.

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Unraveling the Impact of Trauma

At Grace & Emerge Recovery in Austin, we recognize that trauma often casts long, complex shadows across a person’s life. From enduring changes to one’s mental health to influencing physical conditions and behavioral patterns, trauma’s effects are manifold and profound. We understand that trauma does not discriminate, affecting individuals across age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. It’s our mission to shed light on these shadows and guide our clients toward understanding, healing, and recovery.

How Does Trauma Impact Mental Health?

Trauma can take a toll on your mental health and lead to the development of one or more mental health or substance use disorders. As a diverse set of experiences and interactions, trauma does not care about age, gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. With trauma-informed care, we can address how trauma impacts your unique mental and physical health.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publication Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, trauma leads to numerous biological changes and stress responses, including changes in your core beliefs about the world and people. Those traumatic experiences shift the way you navigate life and leave you feeling unsafe and alone in every aspect of your life. However, access to social support and healthy coping strategies and skills can be the difference between long-term mental health struggles and leading a healthy life with mental stability.

Biological Consequences of Trauma and the Path to Recovery

Trauma triggers a cascade of biological changes and stress responses, altering an individual’s core beliefs about the world and themselves. It can shift the way people navigate life, leading to a persistent sense of danger and isolation. Our trauma-informed care approach incorporates an understanding of these biological and psychological impacts to develop personalized treatment plans. We focus on promoting social support and equipping our clients with healthy coping strategies and skills – crucial tools for navigating the path to mental stability.

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Mental Health Disorders

Some mental health disorders that can develop from trauma include:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Depression

Anxiety disorders

Acute stress disorder (ASD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

In addition to how trauma impacts mental health, trauma can also lead to substance use disorder (SUD) and other interrelated physical conditions.

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Trauma & Substance Use Disorder

Trauma and substance use disorder (SUD) are deeply connected, as your emotional response to the stressors of trauma can lead to unhealthy thinking and behavior patterns. Some of the maladaptive patterns that can come out of trauma include the avoidance behavior seen in self-medicating with substances like alcohol. As explained in an article from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), SUD can develop as a means to distance yourself and manage the distress associated with traumatic experiences. After a traumatic event or the buildup of traumatic experiences, you can feel overwhelmed by your physical and emotional response to those stressors, so you seek to numb those emotions with substances that diminish your senses. 

Substance use often emerges as a coping mechanism for managing the distress associated with traumatic experiences. It becomes a means to numb overwhelming emotions and physical responses. However, substance use only compounds the problem, adding another layer of complexity to the treatment process. In response to this, our treatment strategies incorporate an understanding of this connection, using evidence-based therapies to address substance use and promote healthier coping mechanisms.

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What is Trauma-Informed Treatment?

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    A recovery approach that reconsiders the way trauma and co-occurring disorders are treated

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    Shifting focus from from simple treatment of a condition to holistic support for a recovery journey

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    Respecting each woman’s voice and experience

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    Understanding the uniquely personal nature of trauma

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    Creating space for all kinds of experience

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    Approaching clinical care with deep respect and empathy

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    Understanding that substance use and mental health disorders and trauma are often deeply linked

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    Treating the whole person in body, mind, and spirit

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    Respecting each woman’s voice and experience

The 6 Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care

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Safety

Developing settings and activities that ensure the client’s physical and emotional safety

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Collaboration

Engaging in shared decision-making for care with the client and care provider

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Empowerment

Supporting clients in the development of their treatment and strengthening their belief in their ability to heal

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Trustworthiness & Transparency

All care decisions regarding treatment options and service providers are clearly explained and created with the client

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Peer Support

Shared experiences are an integral part of recovery as peers are paired together to support each other

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Humility & Responsiveness

Acknowledging and addressing how biases, stereotypes, and historical trauma impacts treatment from the client and care provider’s perspective

Who Needs Trauma-Informed Treatment?

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    Veterans

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    Domestic violence survivors

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    Assault survivors

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    Those who have experienced racial, gender or cultural violence

Trauma-informed treatment is appropriate for anyone who has experienced major “big T” trauma. Yet, we all may have emotional scars that it hurts to unveil. Trauma-informed treatment respects every young woman’s trauma as equally valid and deserving of care.

How Can Trauma-Informed Care Support Me in Recovery?

As an approach to recovery, trauma-informed care is focused on supporting the whole person, which means recognizing trauma in all its different forms and the impact it has had on you individually and in your family history in the form of generational trauma. Moreover, we work together to recognize trauma, see the signs and symptoms of trauma, integrate that knowledge, and avoid re-traumatization to support you in finding a path toward lifelong recovery that meets your needs and goals. With the core principles of trauma-informed care and our treatments, we can support you in building healthier thinking and behavior patterns for better mental and physical health outcomes.

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Types of Trauma Informed Treatment

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CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)

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Acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT)

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Polyvagal theory

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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

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Identifying and processing unhealthy patterns

Developing and setting goals
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Group therapy and processing groups

Building life skills
Developing coping strategies
Forming support networks
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Educational groups

Sharing experiences
Learning through assigned curriculum
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Family therapy

Building healthier connections with loved ones
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12-Step facilitation therapy

Supporting specific needs
Building connections between traditional 12-Step and clinical support
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Trauma-informed yoga

Supporting mindfulness, self-awareness, and healing
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Drug and alcohol monitoring

Providing testing and accountability based on client needs and experiences

At Grace & Emerge, trauma-informed treatment proceeds at a pace that is appropriate for each client, and uses modalities that allow every young woman to find her voice — sometimes for the first time.

Substance Use Disorder & Trauma-Informed Treatment

Comprehensive research studies have shown that trauma treatment is an appropriate and effective tool in substance use disorder treatment for women, including those suffering from:

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    Adderall Addiction

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    Alcohol Addiction

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    Benzodiazepine Addiction 

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    Cocaine Addiction

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    Crystal Meth Addiction 

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    Fentanyl Addiction

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    Heroin Addiction

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    Lean Addiction

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    Marijuana Addiction

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    Meth Addiction

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    Nicotine Addiction

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    Opioid Addiction

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    Addiction to Other Prescription Pills

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    Xanax Addiction

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    Vaping Addiction 

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    And More

Mental Health & Trauma-Informed Treatment

Clients in need of psychiatric care often have a history of trauma — in one study , 90%. Grace & Emerge also treats young women with the following mental disorders from a trauma-informed perspective:

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    Anger 

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    Anxiety

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    Bipolar Disorder

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    Depression

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    Disordered Eating

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    Mood Disorders

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    OCD

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    Panic Disorder

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    PTSD

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    Social Anxiety Disorder

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    Trauma

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    And More

Trauma-Informed Treatment in Austin, TX

Every aspect of our community was built with intentionality to create a safe space for those recovering from trauma. Explore the grounds to see how we create safety for young women.

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Aftercare: Nurturing Resilience & Long-Term Recovery

While we equip our clients with the tools they need for immediate coping and recovery, we also focus on long-term resilience. Our aftercare program aims to foster healthier relationships and build robust coping and life skills. We provide weekly monitoring and support as part of our relapse prevention strategy, ensuring that our clients feel supported at every step of their recovery journey.

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Find Your Way

You’ve come to the place where you can exhale. With trauma-informed treatment at Grace & Emerge, you or your loved one can finally heal the scars of your past and build a more peaceful future.