Is LPP a ‘Trauma Informed’ Program??
A question that we are often asked is – Is LPP a “trauma informed program”?
In this podcast, we offer a definition of “trauma” in several contexts and we discuss the differences between traumatic events and adverse conditions in life. We consider what it means to be trauma informed versus believing trauma is responsible for addiction, and explore how this relates to our work with clients in the Life Process Program.
“Trauma Informed’ is a relatively new term, used to describe therapeutic programs that have the capacity to work with people who have lived through traumatic life experiences, and who are having difficulty in overcoming the residual effects of those experiences in order to make progress in certain areas of their lives.
The two main questions we address are ‘Does LPP use some sort of trauma therapy, or trauma-informed therapeutic models in working with people with addictions’ and the second question is ‘Does LPP offer help to people who feel that their traumatic experiences beset them?’. These two questions set the context, and we also explore more general questions around what is the best form of therapy in dealing with cases of what could be termed ‘trauma’, and what indeed is the definition of trauma.
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If this podcast is of interest to you, you will almost certainly want to listen to another recent podcast – “Recovery From an Addicted and Traumatic Past: A True Story” in which our very own LPP Coach, Aaron Ferguson tells us about his upbringing with his 11 siblings and cult-member parents. It is a truly remarkable story and we are blessed to have Aaron on our team.
And if reading is your thing, you may want to check out some of the following links:
- How Useful is Trauma as a Therapy Tool?
- Overcoming Trauma: Lessons from the Football Field
- The Good and the Bad of Trauma Theory in Addiction
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below – we would love to hear from you. Have you found ‘Trauma Informed’ to be a helpful term?