Addiction Therapy

Trauma-Informed Therapy Program


Massachusetts Center for Addiction in Quincy, MA, provides comprehensive care for individuals struggling with addiction and alcoholism. We recognize that addiction has many roots. Oftentimes, those roots are trauma. Our Trauma-Informed Therapy Program addresses underlying trauma and how it contributes to addiction so that healing can begin. 

Understanding Trauma-Informed Therapy 

Traumatic experiences can happen to anyone, at any time in life. People cope with these experiences in various ways, some healthy and some not. Research has shown a strong link between trauma and addiction. This connection holds true regardless of when the trauma occurred or at what point in a person’s life it happened.

Trauma likes to weave its way in and dysregulate the stress-response system. This one factor alone puts people who have experienced severe trauma at a greater risk of substance use and addiction. There’s also a level of numbness and indifference that accompanies trauma. This also contributes to the lure of drugs and alcohol. 

Trauma-informed therapy focuses on helping individuals recognize and understand how past trauma is linked to their current struggles with addiction. 

Recovery from addiction without addressing trauma is like taking one step forward and two steps back. The way we react and what we believe about our trauma can lead us to use substances. However, using substances tends to highlight the pain and hurt more, even though it might seem like these emotions are numbed temporarily. 

For individuals who have experienced trauma, undergoing addiction treatment without incorporating trauma-informed therapy means the core issues of addiction are not addressed. This approach falls short of facilitating genuine healing and recovery. 


Male patient sitting with female therapist in her office during a Trauma Informed Therapy Session.


The Role of Trauma-Informed Therapy in Addiction Recovery

When you seek help at the Massachusetts Center for Addiction, we aim to offer you tailored, evidence-based treatment. The process starts with an assessment, followed by sessions with our mental health counselors. These professionals specialize in trauma and addiction. If trauma is identified, we ensure that suitable trauma-focused methods are included in your personalized addiction recovery plan. 

There are various trauma-informed therapy options available for addiction recovery. The choice of method depends on the individual’s specific circumstances. Examples of these approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness practices. 

Benefits of Trauma-Informed Therapy for Addiction

One of the most significant benefits of trauma-informed therapy during addiction treatment is the enhanced recovery outcomes it leads to. Trauma-informed therapy can have a very positive effect on an individual’s recovery journey. 

When trauma-focused therapy accompanies other forms of addiction treatment, we see a number of benefits that include

  • Reduced symptoms of PTSD
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Reduction in fear, anxiety, and insecurity
  • Identifying triggers of self-destructive behaviors
  • Coping skills and boundary setting that help prevent future trauma and retraumatization 
  • More complete adherence and follow through of treatment programs

Trauma-Informed Therapy Program Details 

At Massachusetts Center for Addiction, our program is aligned with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Six Principles of Trauma-Informed Care. These include:

  • Safety in physical settings and interpersonal interactions
  • Trustworthiness and transparency to build and maintain trust
  • Peer support from those who have lived shared trauma experiences
  • Collaboration and mutuality to balance the power differences between the individual and clinical staff
  • Empowerment 
  • Commitment to move beyond cultural, historical, and gender stereotypes and biases

Massachusetts Center for Addiction offers several different treatment programs. Each program is aligned with trauma-informed therapy. We provide a range of services to support each individual’s healing journey. These include dual diagnosis treatment programs, individual therapy sessions, and group therapy options. Additionally, we offer various support services tailored to meet each person’s needs. 

When you meet with our clinical trauma experts, you’ll work as partners to develop a program tailored to your needs. This plan takes into consideration your personal history of trauma and your goals for recovery. 

Why Choose Our Trauma-Informed Therapy Program 

When facing the causes of trauma, it’s important that you feel safe and supported throughout the process. One reason our trauma-informed therapy is highly regarded and successful is our person-centered approach. We prioritize making individuals feel safe and provide care specifically tailored to their unique trauma experiences. 

Our programs take a comprehensive approach to treating trauma and addiction. We have a highly qualified clinical team, each member specializing in areas such as trauma and addiction recovery. This expertise ensures a focused and effective treatment experience.

Start Your Journey with Our Trauma-Focused Therapy Program in Massachusetts

Are you a trauma survivor who is struggling with addiction? We encourage you to reach out to us to explore treatment options, including a comprehensive trauma-focused program in Massachusetts. 

Contacting the Massachusetts Center for Addicting for a free and confidential phone assessment is the first step toward healing. Contact us at 844-486-067 if you’re interested in learning more about our trauma-informed therapy program or are ready to start your addiction treatment process.