I continue to advocate for trauma-informed treatment of
addictions behavior attachments and ferreting out terms and expressions that serve more to blame, shame, and judge than to facilitate understanding of what is the unacknowledged driver of compulsive use of chemicals or behaviors to achieve perceived wellness.
I came across this blog and its effective blasting of the term “enabler”. When bandied about by therapists, the judgmental flavor of the term is unavoidable. Among 12 steppers there seems to be a sort of satisfaction in labeling someone in this way, but professionals? We are above labeling. This one term, among others I have written about is banished from my clinical vocabulary. Gone. Poof.
Today, I just put the finishing touches on a webinar presentation that, it is presumed, will contribute to the movement toward establishing trauma-informed practices in treating the attachments. How many are truly aware that most substance abuse “treatment” programs fail to assess for complex trauma? This is mind blowing, especially when it has been determined that nearly 3/4 of all the “addicted population” carry a significant trauma history.
All it takes is asking 10 simple questions interspersed within a full assessment to determine the extent to which complex trauma has contributed to the behavior. Ten Questions.
And I digress.
Enabling is surviving in a world that requires constant vigilance that results in a state of chronic distress. This is a good read. Good for building empathy and broadening understanding of complex trauma.