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Navigating Trauma in Healthcare: Dr. Pratt's Insights on Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Monday 17th June 2024

Dr. Steven Pratt discusses the impact of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study on addiction treatment and the importance of trauma-informed care.
28 minutes

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Understanding Trauma's Role in Addiction with Dr. Steven Pratt

Episode Overview

  • The ACE Study highlights the link between childhood trauma and later substance use disorders.
  • Trauma-informed care aims to create welcoming and non-triggering treatment environments.
  • Addiction should be viewed as a disorder requiring compassionate and holistic approaches.
  • Motivational interviewing helps patients progress from pre-contemplation to action stages.
  • Empathy and support are crucial in effective addiction treatment.
It's not your fault that you have these issues, but it's your responsibility to solve them
In this episode of The Rehab, Dr. Steven Pratt, a seasoned expert in behavioural health and substance use treatment, dives into the profound impact of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Pratt shares how this groundbreaking research has reshaped our understanding of trauma and addiction.
The ACE Study, conducted in the mid-1990s, surveyed thousands of individuals about their childhood experiences, revealing a strong correlation between early trauma and later health issues, including substance use disorders. Dr. Pratt discusses the concept of trauma-informed care, which aims to create treatment environments that are welcoming and non-triggering for patients with a history of trauma. He emphasises the importance of recognising the role of self-medication in substance use, challenging the outdated notion that addiction is merely a character flaw.
Instead, he advocates for viewing addiction as a disorder that requires compassionate and holistic treatment approaches. Throughout the episode, Dr. Pratt also touches on various therapeutic techniques such as motivational interviewing and positive behaviour supports. He explains how these methods can help patients move from pre-contemplation to action stages in their recovery journey. The conversation also explores the role of natural consequences versus artificial consequences in addiction treatment, highlighting the importance of empathy and support. Dr.
Pratt's insights offer valuable perspectives for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of trauma and addiction. Whether you're directly affected by these issues or supporting someone who is, this episode provides practical advice and a compassionate approach to treatment. Ready to rethink how trauma impacts addiction? Tune in to hear Dr. Pratt's expert take on reshaping treatment environments for better outcomes.