Trauma-Informed Practice & the Opioid Crisis: A Discussion Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers

Trauma-Informed Practice & the Opioid Crisis: A Discussion Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers
Posted 3/2/2020

Research has shown that the vast majority of individuals who experience problems with opioid misuse and addiction have current or past experiences of trauma and violence.7-13 Those experiences of trauma and violence are often gendered, in that women, men, trans and gender diverse people have different kinds of experiences. Trauma-informed practice is an approach to care that integrates an understanding of trauma into all levels of care, system engagement, workforce development, organizational policy and cross-sectoral collaborations. This resource builds upon the Trauma-Informed Practice Guide 14 developed by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services in 2013,which have been adopted and implemented in many health authorities and other jurisdictions across the province.