Substance abuse is often viewed as the cause of innumerable medical, psychiatric, economic, and legal problems, with staggering consequences for impacted individuals and families, and society more globally. And while substance abuse is in fact associated with a range of negative outcomes, the nature of that relationship is often misunderstood or overlooked. By applying a “trauma lens” when working with people suffering from addiction, labels (such as “bipolar” or “delinquent”), and associated destructive behaviors can be better understood by the function they serve. When stripped of the labels, these “challenging” behaviors can be more clearly seen as efforts to cope with very difficult, oftentimes traumatic environments, and as such, represent an individual’s attempt to survive. This workshop will discuss trauma-informed interventions used to treat Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) and complex trauma, with a particular emphasis on the understanding the function of addictive behaviors, as well as the importance of using interventions beyond talk therapy. Participants will learn about somatic approaches to healing, mindfulness, and creative arts approaches as well as interactive methods to engage clients in treatment, thereby improving retention of an often “difficult to treat” population, and fostering positive outcomes overall.