Title: Treating the Hidden Wounds: Trauma Treatment and Mental Health Recovery for Victims of Human Trafficking 

Contributors: Heather J. Clawson, Ph.D., Amy Salomon, Ph.D., and Lisa Goldblatt Grace, LICSW, MPH

Summary: This resource, provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, discusses the difficulties met by trafficking survivors and the need for mental health resources. Trauma-informed approaches to care are reviewed, as well as forms of personal development for survivors.
Title: Mental Health Needs

Contributor: Office for Victims of Crime

Summary: Mental health needs of survivors, types of support and trauma-informed approach are all discussed in this resource by the OVC.


TitleComplex Trauma: Understanding and Treatment  & Complex Trauma: Going Deeper

Contributors:  Diane Langberg, Forum of Christian Leaders

Summary: These videos describe complex trauma, dissociative responses, proper treatment and re-traumatization. Self-care and the importance of counselor attentiveness are are also discussed.


TitleTrauma Bonding in Human Trafficking 

Contributors: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Summary: Trauma bonding, otherwise known as Stockholm Syndrome, affects many survivors. This resource describes the biology behind trauma bonding. It also elaborates on the impact trauma has on mental health and relationship building.


TitleOverview of Sleep: Implications for Trauma Survivors

Contributors: Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Summary: Sleep, it’s connection to health and how it’s affected by trauma are all discussed in this brief video.


Title: Mental Health Medications

Contributors: National Institute for Mental Health 

Summary: This informative & essential resource discusses mental health disorders and the categories of medications used to treat them.


Addiction + Substance Abuse :

TitleThe Intersection of Human Trafficking and Addiction

Contributor: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State

Summary: This resource describes how substance use disorders can be a risk factor for trafficking. Additionally, drugs and alcohol have been used as a form of control for traffickers over their victims.


Title: Drug Scheduling

Contributors: US Drug Enforcement Administration

Summary: The meaning of schedule types and their reference to how likely a substance will be abused are listed in this article.


Title: Addiction Treatment Medications 

Contributor: Addiction Center

Summary: This resource provides information on medications used to aid in detoxification and withdrawal for drug and alcohol addicts.


Title: Withdrawal Management 

Contributor: National Center for Biotechnology Information

Summary: This resource describes the withdrawal processes for different addictions and how best to manage these.


Dealing with Substance Abuse – Resources for your Staff:

How is your agency dealing with substance disorders with clients? What types of support does your agency offer? What training is required for your staff in this area?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers information that can be helpful when working with clients with a substance disorder.

SAMHSA lists the following treatments as recommended for those doing non-clinical support services:

  • Transportation to and from treatment and recovery-oriented activities
  • Employment or educational supports
  • Specialized living situations
  • Peer-to-peer services, mentoring, coaching
  • Spiritual and faith-based support
  • Parenting education
  • Self-help and support groups
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Staffing drop in centers, clubhouses, respite/crisis services, or warmlines (peer-run listening lines staffed by people in recovery themselves)
  • Education about strategies to promote wellness and recovery

SAMHSA also gives some recommendations specific to each kind of substance disorder, whether that be alcohol, cannabis, stimulant or opioid.

Check out other resources on SAMSHA’s website.

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) also provides  information on substance disorders. Here are some webinar recordings on Trauma and the Opioid Crisis. (Note: you will need to download Adobe Connect to listen to the recordings, but there is no charge to download.)




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