The Trauma/Addiction Cycle

June 13th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

Addiction encourages trauma and trauma can encourage addiction. This process becomes a vicious circle or negative feedback loop, with trauma contributing to addiction, which in turn fuels...

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30 Things You Need to Know about Trauma and PTSD: PTSD Awareness Month

June 11th, 2018 // // Tags: ,

My therapist prescribed me to drink more alcohol. I had described symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet once again, the diagnosis was completely missed. Even worse,...

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Building Strength and Resilience through Facing and Dealing with Life’s Problems

May 10th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

Resilient qualities are not only what we’re born with but also the strengths that we build through encountering life’s challenges and developing the personal and interpersonal skills...

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Childhood Abuse Is More Prevalent Than You Think

April 17th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

It is estimated that each year three million cases of child abuse are reported to authorities in the United States (source: Childhelp.org). Childhood abuse comes in many...

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Does everyone with an addiction to mood altering substances have trauma?

April 4th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , ,

This interesting question has been posed to me numerous times over my 29 years of treating addictive disorders. Well, what is the answer? One answer is “I...

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Effective Trauma Treatment for Eating Disorder Patients

March 12th, 2018 // // Tags:

Many individuals who suffer from trauma will use an eating disorder as a means to feel in control of something. This often occurs because trauma makes a...

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Trauma Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

January 26th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , , ,

If you are struggling with an eating disorder as well as a past trauma experience, what could you expect when addressing that trauma in treatment? First, you...

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Healing the Roots of Women’s Sexual and Relational Struggles

January 25th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , ,

Is it any wonder why girls and women struggle with feeling comfortable in their own skin?  There is such a deep and contradictory connection between the messages...

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A Treatment Plan for a Horse Called Nip

January 24th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , , , ,

One particular adult patient named Jill came to equine therapy for an individual session soon after arriving on campus. Like Nip, she too was new to the...

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Eating Disorder Treatment Options for the Adolescent Impacted by Trauma

January 19th, 2018 // // Tags: , , , , , ,

The Connection between Trauma and Eating Disorders Research has uncovered multiple factors that may influence the development of eating disorders in adolescents, including both biological, psychological, and...

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