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The Relationship Between Trauma and Substance Use

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
3:30 PM
4:45 PM
Chesapeake D-F


Why do people use substances? People come to use for a variety of reasons but as prevention providers, even if we're not direct treatment providers, we can utilize different approaches to address and prevent substance use. One of these approaches is looking at the issue from a trauma-informed lens. If you have experienced trauma, whether it be violence, abuse, neglect, war, assault, grief, and/or loss, you are more likely to use and misuse substances. This session will seek to provide information on what trauma is, how it is related to substance use, who is impacted, and what we can do to prevent, protect, heal individuals misusing substances.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Identify how substance use is related to mental health and trauma.

2) Identify who is impacted by trauma-related substance use.

3) Identify what we can do as prevention specialists to prevent, protect, and heal individuals affected by both trauma and substance use.

30th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 16th Prevention Day


Erica Wiley, LCSW
Community Strategist and LCSW