Trauma and Substance Use Disorders

Estimated watch time: 62 mins 
Available credits: none
Speaker: Melanie Short, LCSW

Historically, in most treatment recovery programs, substance use disorders are treated separately from trauma.  In this presentation, I will discuss the reasons it is important to integrate treatment for trauma and substance use disorders.


  1. Understand the brain when it has trauma experiences
  2. Learn about how trauma impacts substance use disorders in treatment
  3. Understand triggers in a different way
  4. Be more equipped to identify behaviors associated with trauma correctly

About the Speakers:

Melanie Short is the co-owner of JRNY Counseling near Indianapolis, IN since 2017. She has worked in the field since 2008 and loves working with people who have been impacted by substance use disorders, trauma, anxiety, and relationship struggles. She is also a Love First Certified Clinical Interventionist who helps families develop an approach to help someone they love decrease their resistance and accept the treatment and help they need.

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