Pregnancy, Alcohol and Trauma-informed Practice

What is trauma?

Trauma can result from early experiences in life such as child abuse, neglect and witnessing violence as well as later experiences such as violence, accidents, natural disaster, war and sudden unexpected loss. Trauma results from experiences that overwhelm an individual’s capacity to cope.

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a diagnosis used to describe one type of mental health response that can result from trauma.

• Using substances to cope is very common among women with current or past experiences of trauma.

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