Trauma-informed care in AOD settings: what clinicians need to know


By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to: 

  • Understand the relationship between trauma, post-traumatic stress, and substance use 
  • Identify how trauma-related issues can impact substance use treatment
  • Identify key elements of trauma-informed care
  • Understand evidence-based treatment options for co-occurring traumatic stress and substance use

The relationship between early childhood trauma and the rewarding effects of morphine

Carlyle, M., Broomby, R., Simpson, G., Hannon, R., Fawaz, L., Mollaahmetoglu, O. M., ... & Morgan, C. J. (2021). A randomised, double‐blind study investigating the relationship between early childhood trauma and the rewarding effects of morphine. Addiction Biology, e13047.

Research from the University of Exeter has highlighted how childhood trauma can make individuals more sensitive to the pleasurable and motivational effects of opioids and less sensitive to the negative consequence of the drugs.

The research, which has been published in the journal of Addiction Biology, aimed to assess the impact of childhood trauma on responses to morphine and pain processing.

Vicarious Trauma

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American Counselling Association

The term vicarious trauma (Perlman & Saakvitne, 1995), sometimes also called compassion fatigue, is the latest term that describes the phenomenon generally associated with the “cost of caring” for others (Figley, 1982). Other terms used for compassion fatigue are:

  • secondary traumatic stress (Stemm, 1995, 1997)

  • secondary victimization (Figley, 1982)

Trauma and Substance Use

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The Matilda Centre


This webinar provided information about the nature of trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder) and its effects. As well as discussing the link between trauma and the use of alcohol and other drugs (including methamphetamine).

Consultation on "Addressing Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Humanitarian and Relief Settings"

The UNODC Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS) in coordination with WHO and UNHCR is planning a consultation process to develop a technical guidance tool to address substance use and substance use disorders, as well as associated health and social consequences in Relief and Humanitarian Settings, and to increase access to substance use disorder treatment also in Humanitarian Settings. An expert group meeting is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2020. This initiative derives

Trauma Informed Care for Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Practice

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Trauma, especially during childhood, can negatively impact the way our brains develop.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events experienced before reaching the age of 18, including but not limited to abuse or neglect in childhood and distressing family events such as witnessing domestic violence or a parent going to prison. 

Energy Psychology Techniques for Reducing Trauma & Addiction


Energy psychology techniques have shown continuous efficacy in reducing trauma brain responses. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) use tapping on acupressure meridians to reduce agitated sympathetic nervous system agitation to parasympathetic nervous system resting response within minutes.