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7 Common Practices in Substance Use Disorder Care That Can Hurt Survivors and What You Can Do Instead

Background

This document outlines 7 common practices in substance use disorder care that can further endanger or re-traumatize survivors of intimate partner violence and trauma. It details the risks and barriers caused by these practices as well as recommended alternative approaches and “antidotes”.

The practices covered include issues with program intake/exit policies, sequential treatment of trauma and addiction, victim-blaming attitudes, pressuring mutual aid group participation, unsafe inclusion of partners in treatment, coercive program tactics, and suspiciousness towards clients.

It was created by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health to educate substance use disorder treatment providers on implementing more trauma-informed, collaborative methods that empower survivors.

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