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Treating Trauma: The Next Chapter Approach

EDUCATE In a previous blog article, we discussed at length how the deep, intensive distress of personal trauma can often lead to dysfunction, dependency, and self-destructive behavior. Unfortunately, although the link between trauma and addiction has been well known for decades, it is uncommon for addiction treatment to focus upon resolving trauma. It is even […]

Trauma: The emotional wound that leaves a lasting mark

Where does addiction come from? Make no mistake. Dysfunctional, self-destructive behaviors don’t simply manifest themselves in a vacuum. They begin with personal trauma. When we trace the roots of addiction and dependency deep into a person’s past, we inevitably discover an intensively distressing event or circumstance that has remained with them, and never stopped affecting […]

Addiction and Mental Health

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Addiction and mental illness often go hand-in-hand. In many instances, those suffering from untreated mental disorders will turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medication. Additionally, the continuous use of chemical substances has been known to lead to a decline in mental health, sometimes resulting in irreversible mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, […]

Trauma Recovery – Recognizing Inherent Value

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The psychology of men, and why traumatized men frequently need to develop an authentic sense of self-worth during the recovery process. Men and Self-Worth They way we perceive ourselves affects the way we interact with others; it affects our motivation, our development of life goals… pretty much every aspect of our lives. At a young […]

Breath Work in Trauma Recovery

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Continued suffering from a past trauma does not indicate weakness, illness or being at fault for what happened. It’s important to understand that. Especially because those feelings can be barriers to getting help. And if left untreated, trauma’s effects can linger and show up in various ways. Trauma victims are more likely to isolate themselves, […]

Dealing with an Addicted Loved One Over the Holidays

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The holiday season can be stressful in and of itself. Presents to purchase, wrap, and ship off (after waiting for hours in the unmoving lines at the local post office). Dinner parties to organize, cook for, and clean up after (after mediating booze-fueled arguments between politically opinionated family members). Add an active addiction to the […]