Trauma

Navigate Your Relapse Risk of People, Places, and Things

How to be aware of and Create an Action Plan to Successfully Navigate Your Relapse Risk of People, Places, and Things

You will probably experience relapse triggers which are usually comprised of people, places, and things.  Relapse triggers hide in social, environmental, and emotional situations that remind you of your substance use and they awaken urges and cravings to use.  These cravings are closely related to your triggers and can make resisting the urge to use …

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Trauma Has Long-Lasting Effects On Your Mind, Body & Way Of Life.

Unresolved Trauma Has Long-Lasting Effects On Your Mind, Body & Way Of Life. . . How Does Your Unresolved Trauma Affect You?

Trauma is the result of overwhelming amounts of stress from a situation that exceeds one’s ability to cope and can come about by the death of a loved one, a relationship breakup, or rejection from a loved one, to name a few.  Emotional trauma can hit even the most grounded. Actual injuries and wounds are …

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Why be Wary of Study Drugs: More commonly referred to as Study Buddies, Smart Drugs, and Brain Steroids. What are they, who uses them, and why?

Why be Wary of Study Drugs: More commonly referred to as Study Buddies, Smart Drugs, and Brain Steroids.  What are they, who uses them, and why? Study drugs are stimulants taken by students who think using them will increase their grades, alertness, and energy.  There are many names for different stimulants used by students as …

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Are you feeling the despair and overwhelm of these COVID-19 times? Are you worried about the mental health and physical safety of a loved one? Are you a suicide survivor?

“The person who completes suicide dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand why?”  Clark Have you ever felt suicidal because the pain and despair seem too overwhelming to continue?  Have you had someone you love express feelings of anguish that later lead them to end …

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Staying on Top of your Recovery Journey . . . During a Pandemic and Social Distancing

The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic is a time of uncertainty that has increased anxiety for many people. Anxiety can result in many uncomfortable feelings that are felt throughout your body. Anxiety often creates behavioral paralysis and those affected are disengaged from routines and obligations. With COVID-19 the subsequent social distancing compounds feelings of dread and anxiety which makes …

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Coping Strategies For Handling The Anxiety That Uncertainty Brings

Suffice it to say, there is nothing like a global viral pandemic to throw a wrench into our day-to-day lives and routines! Because the COVID-19 situation is changing daily and because it is so fluid, it creates a lot of uncertainty around the future. Life feels out of our control. As humans, there is nothing …

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Enmeshment – An Obstacle To Healthy Relationships and Finding Your True Identity

Enmeshment. Have you ever heard of that term? It’s a fairly common term used by therapists to describe the interaction between some family members where one or more of the family members has a substance use disorder. Often those who are enmeshed are completely clueless that there may be a problem – they have no …

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Mindset: Substance Use Disorder and Compulsive Behavior

Initially, a substance use disorder may be a way to numb feelings around trauma or abuse. At some point, however, the mindset and the motivation changes around addiction and becomes more about compulsive behavior than trauma or abuse. The trauma once buried by the substance use becomes an obsessive behavior that ultimately interferes with relationships …

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Love addiction: Sometimes called Pathological Love — is There Such a Thing?

Love addiction is sometimes called ‘pathological love’. When healthy feelings of attachment and affection become obsessive and uncontrollable, they become pathological. How does this happen?  Why are some people driven to an insatiable need for love? Although currently undefined, there is a consensus that love addiction, is a behavioral addiction. It is described as a …

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Mental Illness And Suicide; A Common Factor And Powerful Stigma

How Survivors Heal From The Trauma To Move Forward . . . According to The Foundation for Suicide, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide and 1,400,000.00 suicide attempts. Of every successful suicide, there are an estimated 6 or more survivors who are …

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