Trauma – Informed treatment

AWARENESS & UNDERSTANDING

The backbone of our program

Trauma-informed care is essentially the backbone of our program because trauma and drug addiction are so often intimately connected. If the emotions caused by painful events in your life are not uncovered and given their own targeted treatment, you will be more likely to return to substance abuse as a coping mechanism after you leave a program.

man explores emotional resilience at the bay retreats
WHAT WE DO

What part does trauma play?

Trauma can be experienced via a single event, a series of events, or sometimes even quite subtle experiences that build up over time. The effects or memories of distressing events such as childhood abuse, natural disasters, accidents, war, or emotional betrayal can all cause a person to suffer from emotional shock and resulting trauma, the full impact of which can take months or years to fully come to light.

It is quite common in our culture for people to use substances to regulate unmanageable feelings. Once substances are removed, those difficult feelings or traumas can rise to the surface.

As a result, simply detoxing from a substance such as alcohol or opiates is rarely effective, as the underlying issues have not yet been addressed. This is why a trauma-informed approach to addiction rehabilitation and care is critical for successful ongoing recovery.

Once you come to a clearer awareness and understanding of why you may be behaving in a self-destructive manner, you can begin to heal the layers with an integrated approach. You may also arrive at self-compassion – that moment when guilt falls away to be replaced with understanding and self-awareness.

What our guests say

I have attended other programs and felt overlooked due to the needs of the more complex clients that were in the program. At The Bay I was the focus of the team and gained a far greater understanding of my situation and was able to make the changes required to live the life I desperately wanted.

The compassion shown to me by the incredible team at the bay has taught me to set boundaries with others, allowed me to re-align my expectations of myself and others and finally live the life I have been craving for many years.”

My wife found The Bay after doing a lot of research looking at programs all over the world. Treatment centres here in the US are very different! My life has changed in so many ways and I continue to stay clean and sober, thank you for all you have done.

The team at The Bay gave me a second chance at life, I was so very sick and although I went to a number of treatment centres I couldn't find a way through, what the wonderful team at The Bay did for me is nothing short of a miracle, thank you.

Having a psychology background I was very particular about what I was looking for, I didn't want group therapy because I was at a point where I knew I needed individual therapy, for me it was a very private process, I needed somewhere that was private and peaceful, it has been five months since I left The Bay, it has changed my life.

I have been in treatment before but couldn't seem to achieve the changes I wanted. The compassion shown to me by the incredible team at The Bay has taught me to set boundaries with others, allowed me to re-align my expectations of myself and others and finally live the life I have been craving for many years.

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