What is Trauma-Informed Care and Is It Important During Addiction Treatment?

April 3rd, 2017|

“Traumatic events challenge an individual’s view of the world as a just, safe and predictable place. Traumas that are caused by human behavior commonly have more psychological impact than those caused by nature.” ~ American Psychological Association, APA Dictionary of Psychology There is no question that traumatic experiences shape both mental processes and behavior – which is why trauma-informed care is such a crucial element of addiction treatment. However, there is often a misunderstanding regarding both what trauma looks like and how it interacts with addiction and its treatment.  In an effort to clarify these

Facing the Past and Dealing with Trauma – How EMDR Helps

December 8th, 2016|

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” ~ Susan Pease Banitt For those who have experienced a traumatic personal event or history, facing the past can be one of the most difficult aspects of working through recovery. Trauma leads to feelings of a loss of control, a lack of trust, and the inability to tell anybody about it. But all of these – regaining control, rebuilding trust, and describing what happened over and over again – are all integral to trauma recovery. Thankfully, support groups and individual

Veterans and Addiction: Why is There a Correlation?

August 29th, 2016|

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are an estimated 23.4 million living U.S. veterans. A significant percentage of individuals who have served in military suffer with a variety of mental health conditions, such as: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Substance Abuse Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Depression Suicidal Tendencies Only about 50% of returning service members who require treatment for mental health conditions actually seek help. Even worse, a little over half of those who DO receive services get adequate care. Military Life Is a Unique Culture unto Itself Life as a

What is EMDR and How Does It Work?

July 4th, 2016|

"Most people come into therapy because they know something is wrong. There is an "I" that feels locked up and knows that there is a better way…EMDR can remove the block that is preventing the natural movement toward health. It can release you into the present you always wanted for yourself, a present where you can feel free and in control." ~Dr. Francine Shapiro, PhD, EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma It is generally accepted that one of the causal factors for substance abuse can be exposure to some past in

The Connection between Trauma and Addiction

December 16th, 2015|

"PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions." ~Susan Pease Banitt, The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out Addiction is a disease with several causal factors – genetics, environment, personal behavior, and experience, in the form of trauma. The relationship between trauma and substance abuse is complicated and closely intertwined. In other words, the road between the two goes both ways, and the negative consequences of one disorder can worsen the problems of the other. What Is Meant by "Trauma"? In psychological terms, trauma