It is this author’s belief that what has become the status-quo in treatment facilities has not been working for a long time. It is for that reason, this author believes things need to change. Relapse has been woven into the fabric of standard operating procedure, and is that necessary? Trauma is not being addressed early in recovery, and that creates that environment of inevitable relapse. This paper will explore how to break away from the status -quo and rethink the current “evidence-based treatments.” To begin breaking away from status-quo, this ends the abstract, with hopes an interest has been peaked to read on.
Keywords: Addiction, relapse, recovery, PTSD, trauma informed care.
Weber began working in the field of substance abuse recovery in 2005. He founded a 501c3 not for profit ministry helping addicts and their loved ones from 2008 to 2018. In addition, he received a BS in Psychology/Addiction and a MA in Addiction and Family Counseling from Liberty University when he is currently pursuing a doctorate in Traumatology. He is a master’s level Licensed Chemical Dependency Therapist at Open Door Mission Houston, Texas. He has authored 5 books of autobiographical nature chronicling his life as a drug addict. Weber is always searching for new and better ways to keep others from going down the past he encountered because of drugs and alcohol addiction. He has 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren and has repaired all relationships because of his continued life without mind altering substances.