Some people may experience one traumatic event in their lives, while others may experience several. Unfortunately, trauma affects the brain no matter what the specific traumatic event is. The three types of trauma include:
- Acute trauma – when one traumatic event is experienced
- Chronic trauma – when repeated and prolonged exposure to trauma is experienced (e.g. being a victim of domestic violence)
- Complex trauma — when multiple traumatic events are experienced
Minorities, such as African American and Hispanic individuals, experience trauma at disproportionate rates in comparison to Caucasian individuals. The underlying issue of systemic racism in America has created issues for minorities that impact their financial, physical, mental, and environmental wellbeing. As a result, common traumatic experiences minorities face often include community violence, the sudden loss of a loved one, abandonment, and of course, racism. Approximately 8.7% of African-American individuals develop posttraumatic stress disorder, while Hispanics develop it at a rate of 7%.
Women are twice as likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder than others and tend to shy away from obtaining treatment for their symptoms more than others, too. The most common traumatic event that women experience is sexual assault, with one in three women being sexually assaulted at least once in their life.
Members of the military
The brave men and women of the military are tasked with the job of protecting the country at all costs. This means that they are exposed to all types of traumatic events on a somewhat regular basis, including being wounded, having to use their weapon, experiencing or witnessing a severe injury, the sudden loss of members of their team.
Hathaway also accepts several different types of insurance so that those who need help the most can get it easily.
Aftercare services are extremely important for all recovering patients, as they can help keep them in recovery and focused on their goals. At Hathaway, we work with all of our patients to determine what aftercare services are most suitable for their continued needs. Our aftercare services work to provide the following for each patient:
- Goal setting and methods of achieving those goals
- What areas of a patient’s recovery needs to be maintained and how to do that
- What areas of a patient’s recovery need further work and how to do that
- Connection to local support groups
- Referrals to therapists and other mental healthcare professionals
- Referrals to legal professionals
- Connection to alumni services at Hathaway
We focus on trying to get all patients to remain in trauma therapy San Bernadino as long as reasonably possible, as studies have shown higher rates of long-term sobriety in those who spend more time getting professional treatment. We encourage all of our patients, both past and present, to contact us anytime they are concerned about their recovery or ability to stay sober.
Hathaway Residential Inpatient Treatment Planning:
Residential Inpatient Treatment planning occurs within the first seven days of admission to this level of care. The plan is then reviewed and revised with the patient again within every seven days during individual sessions. The Clinical Director assesses each developed treatment plan and approves or requires adjustment. The Clinical Director may make suggestions to the patient’s clinician and work closely with the patient should the treatment plan need revisiting
During initial assessments, particularly during a biopsychosocial assessment and individual sessions, areas of the patient’s life affected by substance use are identified. These identified areas lay the foundation for the next level of care and engagement in treatment. The areas affected break down by ASAM’s six dimensions and are the foundation of a healthy treatment plan.
As the counselor and patient explore the areas of life that are affected by the disease, the severity of each dimension is also identified. This allows the patient and clinician to work out what goals to set first, second, and so forth and then break each one down into smaller, timebound steps. For example, should the patient have mental health issues, those would be one of the first goals to address so that the patient is stabilized, can participate fully and experience an expeditious and then, long-term improved quality of life. Steps might include being seen by a psychiatrist, obtaining prescribed medications and taking those medications as prescribed, engaging in therapy with a qualified therapist and participation in ongoing individual sessions and assessment.
For as long as Hathaway has the patient within our care, we continue treatment planning on a weekly basis with clinical review and staff input during staff meetings. Updates to the plan are made and the patient is always acknowledged for their progress or, supported in meeting whatever step may be causing a barrier to progress; potentially breaking steps down further or, walking closely with the patient through the step causing difficulty.