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Research has shown that individuals who have experienced trauma are more likely to abuse substances. Alcohol and other drugs can be used as a means to cope with distressing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder such as intrusive memories, anxiety, and feelings of selfblame and low self-esteem. Complex trauma or early childhood trauma is defined by repeated exposures to traumatic experiences over a prolonged period of time. The perpetrator is often a caregiver or trusted individual and the trauma affects multiple areas of one’s life. The Seeking Safety treatment manual and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy have both been used to treat individuals with trauma. The purpose of this capstone is to demonstrate how aspects of the current TF-CBT protocol and The Seeking Safety treatment manual can be utilized in an 8-week group treatment with supplemental individual sessions to treat addiction and complex trauma at a residential addiction treatment facility with adult males.
Wilson, Kristin J., "Treatment for Complex Trauma and Substance Abuse for Adult Males in Residential Addiction Treatment" (2016). Counselor Education Capstones. 51.
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