Trauma Focused Treatment

Many individuals seeking treatment for alcohol and substance addiction have experienced traumatic events in the past. These traumatic experiences, whether they involve isolated incidents or prolonged periods of suffering, can have profound and lasting effects on the individuals who endure them. It doesn’t matter whether the trauma occurred recently or many years ago; its impact can be life-altering. At Mulligan Recovery Centers, we understand the significance of addressing trauma when developing effective addiction treatment plans for our clients. Our trauma program is designed to go beyond a person’s history of substance abuse and focus on their overall well-being.

The term “trauma” encompasses a wide range of distressing and emotionally painful situations or experiences. These experiences can be overwhelmingly distressing for the individuals involved, leaving them feeling helpless and unable to cope with the aftermath. Trauma can take various forms, including sexual or physical assault, severe accidents, combat experiences, and rape. It can also extend to less obvious forms of trauma, such as neglect and emotional abuse. The impact of trauma is a deeply personal and individualized experience, and two individuals may respond very differently to the same traumatic event. Recognizing the diverse consequences of trauma is essential, as it paves the way for healing and recovery.

Key Principles of Trauma Focused Therapy

In the realm of trauma therapy, it is crucial to adhere to specific principles outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These principles define a trauma-informed approach to treatment and are instrumental in helping individuals on their journey to recovery:

  • Safety: Creating a safe and secure environment is paramount. Clients need to feel safe to open up about their traumatic experiences and work towards healing.
  • Transparency and Trustworthiness: Honesty and trust are fundamental in the therapeutic relationship. Clients must trust that their treatment providers have their best interests at heart.
  • Peer Support: Peer support can be a powerful tool in the recovery process. Connecting with others who have experienced similar trauma can foster a sense of belonging and understanding.
  • Mutuality and Collaboration: Collaboration between clients and their treatment team is essential. It acknowledges the client’s expertise in their own life and experiences.
  • Voice, Choice, and Empowerment: Clients should have a say in their treatment and recovery process. Empowering individuals to make choices about their care fosters a sense of control and autonomy.
  • Historical, Cultural, and Gender Issues: Recognizing the impact of historical, cultural, and gender-related factors is crucial. Trauma experiences can be influenced by these factors and should be considered in treatment.

Trauma-informed care operates under the assumption that many individuals seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction have a history of trauma that may contribute to their substance abuse. Unlike traditional treatment approaches that might ask a client, “What’s wrong with you?” a trauma-informed approach seeks to understand, “What happened to you?” This shift in perspective is critical because it acknowledges that individuals may turn to substances as a coping mechanism in response to the pain and distress they’ve endured.

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-informed care recognizes that addiction is often a symptom of deeper emotional and psychological wounds. Substance abuse can serve as a way for individuals to self-medicate and numb the pain of their traumatic experiences. Therefore, addressing trauma is an integral part of the recovery process. At Mulligan Recovery Centers, our trauma program is designed to address the root causes of addiction by providing trauma-informed care that prioritizes healing and empowerment.

Our Approach to Trauma-Informed Care

At Mulligan Recovery Centers, we understand that trauma-informed care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each individual’s experience of trauma is unique, and their journey to healing should reflect that uniqueness. Our trauma program is built on the foundational principles of safety, trust, collaboration, and empowerment.
Outpatient Program


We create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their trauma and addiction issues without fear of judgment or harm. Our trained staff is sensitive to the unique needs of trauma survivors and ensures that every client feels secure throughout their treatment.


Trust is the bedrock of the therapeutic relationship. We establish trust by offering transparency, empathy, and respect to each client. Our commitment to ethical and compassionate care fosters trust in our clients, allowing them to open up and engage in the healing process.

Individualized Care

No two clients are the same, and we tailor our trauma-informed care to meet each person’s unique needs. Whether through individual therapy, group counseling, or holistic therapies, we offer a range of evidence-based treatments that address the diverse effects of trauma.


We believe in collaborative decision-making. Clients actively participate in their treatment planning, and we work together to set achievable goals and milestones. This collaborative approach empowers clients to take ownership of their recovery journey.


We empower our clients to regain control over their lives. Through therapy, education, and skill-building, we equip individuals with the tools they need to overcome the effects of trauma and addiction. Our clients leave our program with a renewed sense of self-worth and the ability to make healthier choices.

Healing Trauma, Rebuilding Lives

At Mulligan Recovery Centers, our mission is to help individuals heal from trauma and addiction, enabling them to rebuild their lives and move forward with hope and purpose. We understand that addressing trauma is a fundamental step in the journey to recovery, and our trauma program is designed to provide the support and resources needed for lasting healing.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and the effects of trauma, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mulligan Recovery Centers. Our compassionate and experienced team is here to guide you on the path to recovery, offering trauma-informed care that honors your unique journey. Together, we can help you rewrite your story, leaving behind the pain of the past and embracing a brighter, healthier future.