Strengthening the Success to Recovery: Treating Trauma as a Primary Symptom in Women's Recovery Residences

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Totten, Stacey
Master of Healthcare Administration
The process of recovery is a person-centered holistic approach that allows an individual to take control of their mental health and addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration created a working definition of recovery that included guiding principles with recovery as the primary goal (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018). These principles intend to to help with the design, measurement and reimbursement of services for individuals seeking recovery. Although the use of these principles are a successful approach to treatment, the percentage of those who recover successfully remains at a mere twenty percent (SAMHSA's Guiding Principles of Recovery , 2018}. The secondary research conducted in this study creates a structured plan to increase the recovery rates in women who reside in recovery residences that use a trauma-specific approach. Exploration from similar studies involving this type of treatment shows efficacy in recovery rates with the implementation of an evidence-based practice (Berkowitz, 2013). The positive data outcomes provide a degree of success not otherwise found in the absence of treating trauma as a primary symptom. This thesis shows that while trauma is specifically ascertained as an ongoing issue in effective recovery, treatment for this mental health issue is not used widely in the recovery communities (Covington, 2015). Further analyses conclude that treating trauma as a primary symptom will increase the rates of success for women in recovery. treating trauma as a primary symptom.