Trauma Informed Care

As the staff at LRADAC work to help individuals and families prevent and recover from substance use disorders, we have embraced a movement within the behavioral health field known as Trauma-Informed Care.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), unaddressed traumatic experiences increase a person’s risk of mental and substance use disorders.  For this reason, our clinical staff embrace key principals of care that address previous trauma as a factor in a person’s use of alcohol or drugs.

Trauma can occur in different forms.  Abuse, exposure to violence, neglect, seclusion, or memories of combat are all examples of trauma that, when unaddressed, can severely impact a person’s ability to function.  The behavioral health profession is also recognizing that social service systems often run the risk of re-traumatizing the people they serve through factors such as stress, physical environments, and language to name a few.

LRADAC’s approach to care and creating pathways to recovery includes a focus on safety, trustworthiness, peer support, and client empowerment to provide quality trauma-informed care.  Whether you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder that may or may not be partially induced by trauma, we can help you find your path to recovery.  Call (803) 726-9300 for help.

For more information on Trauma Informed Care and its movement in the behavioral health field, click here: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA14-4884/SMA14-4884.pdf

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.