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Our recovery blog is a comprehensive resource for people seeking help with substance use disorders, a helpful guide for common issues people in recovery face, evidence-based information for clinicians looking to find out more about medical detox, 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, medical detox, the risks of home detox, how to pick a medical detox, how to identify if your loved one has a problem, what to expect from an inpatient medical detox, relapse prevention strategies, and critical steps for successful recovery.

Use of Opiates to Cope with PTSD

Trauma isn’t rare. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, up to 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women experience at least one trauma in their lifetime. Unfortunately, trauma often leaves a deep, everlasting mark on individuals, causing emotional wounds that sometimes result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—otherwise known as “PTSD.” Without […]

Trauma and Addiction: What You Need To Know

Given that most Americans have faced adverse experiences in one form or another during their lives, trauma has become a genuine epidemic in the United States. Trauma not only stays with individuals long after the experience, but it very often devolves into something much worse down the line. It takes time for the emotional impacts […]

How to be Supportive on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is intended to honor all living veterans who have served in the United States armed forces and the sacrifices they made. Unfortunately, those sacrifices can live with veterans long after they return from war, with many veterans suffering with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use problems. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress […]

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 in […]

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 an epidemic in the United States as many Americans have faced some form of negative experience in their lifetime, often in their childhood. Trauma has a significant and long-standing impact on people’s emotional and mental well-being. Trauma is now considered to be one of the country’s major public health problems because of the […]

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 […]

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