Following a trauma hospitalization, the road to recovery can be filled with uncertainty, anxiety and frustration. The main goal of our Trauma Patient Support Program is to help you connect with others and rebuild your life following an injury. UofL Hospital and the American Trauma Society provide the programs and recovery resources that patients, families and communities need to manage healing and improve their lives. This partnership is committed to supporting patient wellness by providing important resources, fostering new relationships and promoting resiliency.
Trauma Survivors Network
UofL Hospital has partnered with the Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) to further expand support to our trauma patients. The TSN is a community of patients and families like you who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after a traumatic injury. Joining this community can help build support and provide resources.
Trauma patient recovery assessment
The recovery assessment is designed for patients who are recovering from a traumatic injury. The questions are meant to help understand your strengths and resources, as well as to help you identify potential problems or challenges you may face in your recovery. Printable results are available after taking the assessment and can be reviewed on this page as well as your dashboard. If you’d like to take the assessment click on the link below.
NextSteps is a series of classes focusing on self-management which aims to help individuals recognize that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. NextSteps is 100 percent free and offered online. For more information regarding the program and to sign up for classes please visit the link below. https://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/pages/nextsteps
Snack and chat
Our snack and chat program is not currently being offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for updates. Come join your trauma program team for a snack, and chat about your needs as the family and caregiving team of your loved one. We are here to support you and answer any questions you may have about support, recovery and the emotional impact of trauma.
Trauma support group
The trauma support group is hosted by your trauma program social workers. The support group is held the second Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. Eastern to 7 p.m. The trauma support group is a safe place for trauma survivors (and their loved ones) to come and connect no matter where a person is in their recovery process. Still not sure what to expect during group? Click on the link below for group dates, times, and topics covered. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and we will be in touch. We hope you can join our awesome trauma support community!
UofL Hospital’s trauma support program offers trauma patients an opportunity to talk with a trained peer visitor who can support a newly injured person through a difficult time. Peer visitation aims to reduce isolation and promote the feeling of a sense of belonging and being understood. All of our peer visitors have once walked in your shoes from the initial accident, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation and returning home to find a sense of normalcy. Peer support visitors understand the concerns of a trauma patient on a very personal level. It is our goal that through peer visitation you will find a community of individuals with whom you can connect.
- Trained peer support volunteers
- Specialized approach connects our patients with peers that have endured similar events and injuries
- Bedside peer support visits provide hope and insight into the healing process from those who have lived experiences
Benefits of talking to a peer support
- Sharing your experience with someone who can directly relate to what you are going through
- Learning some practical tips on moving forward
- Receiving encouragement and support
- Getting answers to questions from the perspective of someone who’s ‘been there’
- Feeling less anxious, afraid and alone
Interested in talking to one of our peer supports or becoming a peer supporter yourself? Fill out this form below and a trauma program social worker will be in touch.
Substance abuse resources
We provide a bedside brief intervention for our patients who are struggling with substance abuse. Would you like to talk with someone about your substance use? We can help. Click on the link below for substance abuse resources or fill out the form below to speak with our trauma program social workers.
For more treatment options specific to your location, financial ability, level of treatment please visit this site.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Phone: (502) 458-1234
Services Access Center
Phone: (502) 589-1100
4303 W. Broadway
Phone: (502) 775-6408
PO Box 248
Phone: (812) 944-6743
UofL Health – Peace Hospital
2020 Newburg Rd.
Phone: (502) 451-3333
The Brook Hospital, Dupont and KMI
Phone: (502) 426-6380
Provides chemical dependency treatment for men and women ages 18 and over. Inpatient detox and both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs are available.
The Healing Place
1019 W. Market St.
Phone: (502) 583-0369
1503 S. 15th Street
Phone: (502) 568-6680
Free treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, both inpatient programs and meetings offered. Beds are first come first serve.
Seven Counties (previously JDAC)
600 South Preston St.
A facility specializing in inpatient drug and alcohol treatment for men and women, with aftercare available.
Insurance and sliding scale payment.
3909 South Wilson Rd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
Phone: (270) 351-9444
Provides chemical dependency treatment for men and women age 18 and over. Medical detox, individual, group, and family therapy.
3017 Cincinnati Rd.
Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone: (502) 570-9313
100 Diecks Dr.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: (270) 982-1244
4747 Old Dublin Rd.
Mayfield, KY 42066
Phone: (270) 623-8500
Provides alcohol and drug abuse inpatient treatment to men and women.
Turning Point Center
1060 Sharon Drive
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 283-7116
Integrated Treatment Center
1036 Sharon Drive
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 280-6606
Residential program for men and women age 18 and over, with mental health and substance abuse issues.
1124 Logan St.
Louisville, KY 40204
Phone: (502) 439-9210
Halfway house, residential setting for men only, providing alcohol and drug treatment. Residents are required to work and pay room and board. The facility assists with employment.
Volunteers of America
Phone: (502) 636-0771
Offers several programs for men and women with alcohol and drug issues. VOA also offers programs for pregnant women and women with children with substance abuse issues.
Trauma Clinic information
Don’t forget to schedule your Trauma Clinic follow-up appointment.
- Step 1: Review your discharge summary to see the projected/recommended date for a follow-up appointment.
- Step 2: You will need to call 502-588-4784 or 502-588-4785 to schedule a date and time for your appointment.
- Step 3: If this is your first appointment please bring a valid ID, insurance card and co-pay.
Unsure how to get to your Trauma Clinic appointment? Check out our location below.
When you arrive for your Trauma Clinic appointment please feel free to park in the UofL Hospital parking garage located on South Jackson St. next to the Jackson Street Outpatient Center across from the main hospital. If you are utilizing your GPS you may type in 550 S. Jackson St. and it is the garage immediately following on the left. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer parking validation at this time so there is a small fee to park in the garage. Enter the Jackson Street Outpatient Center and take the elevator to the second floor. When you get off the elevator take a right and then an immediate left. The Trauma Clinic check-in window will be just down the hall.
Roo, trauma facility dog
Hello, my name is Roo! I’m a spunky boxer lab mix. I’m the first-ever in-house facility therapy dog here at UofL Health – UofL Hospital housed under the Trauma Institute. I love giving a helping paw to patients and their families to aid in their healing process both physically and mentally. I hope to be able to give lots of love and support to all the wonderful UofL Hospital patients, staff and first responders as well!
We do our best daily to see everyone that reaches out to us; however, sometimes Roo does need a break throughout the day. If we don’t get to see you that day, we will do our best to see you the following day.
To request a visit from Roo, please speak with your nurse or another medical care provider.
Art therapy is an expressive therapy that facilitates the therapeutic process through art-making.
Creating art engages parts of the brain where trauma is stored and provides an expressive outlet for patients experiencing a range of presenting problems due to their traumatic experiences. Common issues addressed by art therapy include, but are not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, guilt, stress, pain management, life changes, physical limitations, boredom, etc.
Art therapy has been shown to benefit patients mentally and physically through:
- Pain and stress reduction
- Improved quality of life
- Personal insight
- Mental stimulation reduced anxiety and depression levels
- Increased communication, relaxation, and confidence, etc.
Art therapy utilizes a variety of techniques in order to address patients’ presenting problems, and can be personalized for each patient in order to address their specific individual needs.
Art therapy incorporates a wide range of materials and activities such as:
- Drawing, painting, coloring, clay sculpture, collage and mask-making
- Guided meditation
- Positive visualization
- Goal setting
- Coping skill development, and many more
Kinesthetic elements are also addressed through art therapy, helping patients retrain, develop, maintain, and improve fine motor skills after an injury or stroke.
By giving patients a sense of power and control in an unfamiliar setting, art therapy is able to address and reduce many presenting problems patients experience during their hospital stay.
If you are interested in art therapy please speak with your nurse or other care providers.