Trauma Services

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Trauma Services in Kansas City

Trauma can have lifelong, negative impacts on your health. The more trauma you are exposed to over the course of your lifetime, the higher your risk of developing mental health issues and substance abuse. Thankfully, with trauma-informed care in Kansas City, you can get the help you need in a safe, supportive environment.

If you or someone you love has experienced trauma, you can find appropriate trauma treatment in Kansas City. Call Arista Recovery today to find out how at our Midwest dual diagnosis treatment center.

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What is Trauma?

Trauma comes in many varieties. In general, emotional trauma is anything negative that is caused by an event, set of circumstances, or multiple events you experienced or witnessed. You can experience disorders associated with  trauma, like PTSD, if someone close to you experiences something harmful.

 Some examples of traumatic events or circumstances include the following:

  • Growing up in poverty
  • Growing up in an environment with exposure to domestic violence
  • Growing up in an environment where family members have substance abuse disorders
  • Growing up with exposure to systemic discrimination or violence
  • Experiencing violence, including domestic violence
  • Experiencing mental health disorders or witnessing those around you experience mental health disorders
  • Being involved in a car accident
  • Watching someone die
  • Being involved in a natural disaster
  • Being involved in war or torture 
  • Experiencing assault

Being exposed to traumatic events doesn’t mean you can’t get help. At a trauma drug rehab center in Kansas City, you can find a safe environment that helps you overcome the impact of trauma without making it worse.


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How Does Trauma Impact Substance Abuse?

Trauma can significantly impact substance abuse because exposure to trauma increases your risk of substance abuse. Exposure to more than one traumatic event amplifies that risk substantially. There is a strong correlation between childhood trauma and substance abuse disorders later in life.

A big part of this is that adverse experiences, especially in childhood, can lead to brain abnormalities. Changes in the brain’s size and structure can result in cognitive impairments, behavioral issues, and social disruption. 

Continuous stress from the trauma, if left untreated, can change the structure of the brain such that the areas of the brain that control things like emotions and rational thinking get smaller while the areas of the brain that control impulsivity with a disregard for consequences get bigger. Long-term, this means without an appropriate treatment, like involvement in a Kansas City trauma recovery program, people who experience trauma are much more vulnerable to substance abuse.

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How Does Trauma Impact Mental Health?

Trauma negatively impacts mental health. Exposure to traumatic events increases your lifelong risk of developing substance abuse and mental health disorders without proper trauma-informed care in Kansas City.

Studies indicate that long-term exposure to trauma leaves people vulnerable to mental health disorders, including:

  •  Depression
  •  Anxiety
  •  PTSD

The risk of developing these mental health disorders is higher when trauma has been experienced, and the likelihood of trying to self-medicate through drugs and alcohol is higher. Trauma can make it difficult to function on a day-to-day basis.

This looks different for everyone. For some people, exposure to trauma can mean it’s difficult to socialize in settings that might remind them of where the traumatic events took place.

  • Someone involved in a serious car accident where they witnessed another driver die might have issues driving or being in a car. That same person might go out of their way to avoid social engagements that require driving for any length of time. 

Trauma can make it challenging for some people to trust others, especially if abused. When that happens, it can impede maintaining long-term relationships or friendships.

  • Someone who was subject to physical abuse as a child or watched domestic abuse happen in the household might instinctively avoid long-term relationships of any kind in adulthood because they are fraught with triggers. That person may be instinctively distrustful of even the slightest demonstration of anger in a significant other.

Trauma can make it challenging to manage emotions and reactions, leading to personality disorders, panic attacks, and sleep problems. Trauma can make it challenging for some people to enjoy social activities or hobbies.

  • Someone who was the victim of an assault might pull back from social engagements because of fear, depression, and anxiety disorders. That same person might avoid going to places they once loved, participating in group events, or other hobbies they had for fear of being triggered.

Finding the right trauma treatment in Kansas City is imperative in each of these situations. Call Arista Recovery today to learn more about how our residential addiction treatment program in Kansas City can help you.

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What is Trauma Informed Care?

Trauma-informed care in Kansas City is a specialized treatment for addiction and mental health disorders that allows you to engage with your healthcare providers, improves the likelihood of a successful outcome, and reduces the risk of complications like retraumatization.


With a standard rehab program, staff may not consider the trauma you have been exposed to. But at a trauma drug rehab center in Kansas City, the focus shifts to things like “what happened.” Learning what happened integrates an understanding of your past into all of the practices and procedures at that facility.

Retraumatization is a term used for when someone is inadvertently reminded of that experience during the course of treatment which causes even more distress and decreases the likelihood of a successful recovery.

Too often, people avoid getting the help they need because they are terrified of being triggered. They worry that getting any type of substance abuse or mental health treatment means someone might ask a question, use a phrase, physically touch them or have any number of things in the environment that could trigger additional distress.

This looks different for everyone, which is why a fundamental part of trauma-informed care in Kansas City means understanding your experiences so that all of that can be avoided during your recovery.

  • If there is a particular song or artist you can’t listen to because they were playing in the car when you had your accident, that information can be used to ensure no lobby music accidentally distresses you.
  • If you were assaulted and can’t handle people touching you, even if it is just a brief pat on the shoulder or a handshake, trauma treatment in Kansas City can integrate that knowledge and adjust your recovery program accordingly.
  • If you are uncomfortable with staff members who are a specific gender or other demographic because it reminds you of an abusive figure in your life or anything else, that information likewise can be used by an appropriate Kansas City trauma recovery program.

The right Kansas City trauma recovery program means that people who have experienced any type of trauma can work with professionals in a safe environment where the facility has gone out of its way to remove anything from the treatment procedures or practices that could inadvertently cause additional distress.

Customized programs include specialized staff members trained in trauma-informed principles and have been hired because of their empathy and non-judgemental attitude.

Why is Trauma Informed Care Essential to Recovery?

Trauma-informed care is essential to recovery because it uses specific organizational practices that focus more on how your trauma has influenced where you are in the present rather than simply getting you over a physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. 

Call Arista today at 877-279-0118 if you are ready to learn more about our trauma-informed approach.

Arista Recovery Offers Trauma-Informed Care in Kansas City

Arista’s trauma-informed care reflects important principles:

  • A good trauma drug rehab center in Kansas City will empower you during your treatment to identify your strengths and build upon them during your recovery.
  • Customized trauma treatment in Kansas City will give you informed choices, so you have power and control over the type of treatment you get, making it easier for you to empower yourself, control the situation, and avoid triggers.
  • The right treatment will collaborate with you and your family if that’s what you prefer so that everyone can plan your program.
  • At a trauma drug rehab center in Kansas City, you develop skills, acquire education, and participate in activities that ensure your physical and emotional safety throughout the process.
  • You also get control over the expectations involved in your treatment, how the addiction program is provided, who is responsible for providing your individual and group sessions, and what other people might be involved in that recovery plan.

These organizational practices increase your emotional safety and give you more informed choices throughout your treatment. This means you’ll be in a safer environment that prevents secondary traumatic stress, and you won’t be surprised by things that unexpectedly trigger you.

Let Arista help you start your Kansas City trauma recovery program now. 

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