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Our blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, clinicians looking for reliable and evidence-based information, and for families and partners wanting to support their loved one achieve long-term recovery. We cover topics ranging from the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, and how to get the best inpatient medical detox help for successful recovery.

How To Treat Trauma

Trauma often precedes substance use disorder as people turn to substances as a means of coping. Removing substances can lead to uncovering their wounds and leading the way towards sustainable healing, when handled appropriately.    Dealing only with substance use disorder can cause the person to turn back to substances due to the immense dysregulation […]

What is Complex PTSD?

Some life experiences may be traumatic. Even if those traumatic events are one-offs or time-limited — such as an adverse childhood experience, a car accident, sexual assault, natural disasters, violence, or even a pandemic — the person directly experiencing the event may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD may occur when a person has experienced a significant traumatic […]

What is PTSD?

Trauma isn’t rare. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death […]

The ACE Study & What it Tells Us About Addiction

Trauma is now considered to be one of the country’s major public health problems because of the established link between trauma and chronic illness in later life, including substance use disorders. Find out more about the science behind trauma and how it can inform challenges in later life.

Gallus Medical Detox Centers Expands Nationally with Opening of New Colorado Location

Unique medical detox service provider offers Colorado and surrounding states expert treatment in the fight against addiction DENVER, CO (May 4, 2020) – Gallus Medical Detox Centers (Gallus), an inpatient drug and alcohol medical detox services provider, announces today its national expansion through the opening of its new Colorado location. Based in Littleton, Gallus provides unique inpatient medical […]

Guest Post: Trauma as a Wound by Dr. Jamie Marich

This week we are honored to publish a guest post by Dr. Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500. This is an excerpt from her forthcoming Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Recovery (North Atlantic Books, July 2020). The English word trauma comes from the Greek word meaning “wound.” That word, traumatikos, implies […]

Alcohol & the Developing Brain

Alcohol is the most commonly misused substance by young people in America, posing great health and safety risks, some of which may be permanent in the developing brain. According to the National Institute of Health on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), harmful underage drinking is a significant public health problem that impacts the development of the brain […]

College Drinking Fact Sheet

While underage college drinking may seem like a rite of passage for young adults attending college, it can cause significant harm and lead to long-term implications for a young person with their whole life ahead of them. According to the National Institute of Health on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), harmful underage drinking is a significant public […]

Guest post: Forget Forever by Laura McKowen

This week we are honored to publish a guest post by Laura McKowen. This is an excerpt from her book, We Are the Luckiest. Before Laura McKowen got sober, she had a long, successful career in public relations in the Mad Men-esque drinking culture of the advertising industry, where “liquid lunches were frequent and drinking at your desk in […]


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