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Addiction and trauma often go hand in hand. When individuals seek addiction counseling, part of their therapeutic plan must address any underlying traumas. At TruHealing in Baltimore, Maryland, our team of counselors and therapists help individuals identify, confront, and overcome their trauma head-on. Our goal is to help individuals begin dealing with their trauma as we help support recovery through our trauma-focused therapy. When people come to us, our team works to create a focused and customized therapeutic plan addressing any trauma from their past. Our trained and experienced staff will modify and adapt the program to directly fit the individual’s needs and adjust it as clients progress in addiction treatment.

What Is Trauma-Focused Therapy

Man smiling at the cameraPsychotherapy has many different branches. Trauma-focused therapy is one. When individuals are in trauma therapy, they work with counseling professionals to identify how trauma impacts their sense of safety and security and develop coping skills.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of the main conditions that can be helped by the benefits of trauma therapy. But the need for trauma therapy can also be triggered by:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse or assault
  • Being witness to a crime
  • Experiencing sudden and severe health problems
  • Being involved in a serious car, bus, train, or other accidents

Situations can also cause trauma. For instance, someone living in a high-crime neighborhood can experience deep-seated troubles and fears.

Benefits of Trauma Counseling for Addiction Recovery

Remember that trauma therapy, like any therapy, isn’t a process whereby answers are given. Rather, in therapy, counselors work to help clients identify their answers. For people who have experienced trauma, here are five benefits of trauma therapy:

  • Ending denial: It encourages people to acknowledge the deep-seated feelings of pain that the trauma produces. Trauma-informed care puts all the feelings on the table.
  • Building capabilities: Trauma therapy seeks to create an environment that helps individuals cope with the feelings that the trauma creates in them.
  • Enhancing self-image: One problem in the struggle with trauma and substance abuse is a sense of guilt or shame. Trauma-informed care teaches that it’s not the individual’s fault for the trauma they’ve been exposed to or had to endure.
  • Context: Trauma-informed care helps provide a larger perspective that is beneficial for all aspects of an individual’s life.
  • Promotes better behaviors: Trauma therapy aims to give clients the skills you need to deal with the stress of trauma without relying on drugs or alcohol.

Evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that trauma plays a significant role in the incidence of substance abuse. Study after study connects situations such as sexual assault or abuse or partner violence to the onset of abuse of drugs or alcohol.

It works in a way many would expect. Overwhelmed by emotions, in severe pain, someone desperately seeks relief. They reach out to drugs or the bottle to medicate their issues away. If it happens enough, the risk of addiction and physical dependence grows tremendously. The benefits of trauma-focused therapy are that individuals can begin to chart a new path. When used in conjunction with co-occurring treatment, this therapeutic approach can be very effective.

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Life has many highs and lows. Some people are unlucky enough to experience the deepest of lows through instances of trauma, and that trauma can lead to substance abuse. It is through the benefits of trauma-focused therapy that individuals can restore a sense of safety and stability. Here at TruHealing Baltimore, through our trauma-informed therapy, we aim to help clients grasp the significance and the role of traumatic events in their life.

Trauma-focused therapy is integral to substance abuse treatmentReach out to us today at 833.782.2241 to learn about the benefits of trauma-informed therapy and our recovery approach.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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