Substance Use Disorders & Trauma


“Why do people use drugs?” is a question I am frequently asked. There are, of course, many reasons why people develop substance use disorders, but trauma is now recognized as a factor in the development of SUD. Understanding the connection between SUD and trauma is important in providing services to all clients living with SUD. This session will help you understand the different types of trauma and the ways that we respond to trauma.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the different types of trauma
  • Recognize the ways individuals respond to trauma
  • Explain how trauma is connected with SUD
  • Describe how trauma is treated


Paul Brasler, LCSW, CAIP
Behavioral Clinician
Dept of Medical Assistance

Registration Rates

VPhA Member: $20
Non-Member: $35

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