Helping a loved one with a substance use disorder such as alcoholism or drug use can be a harrowing experience for family members, friends, and relatives to navigate. However, "helping" is the key word here; according to researchers, there is a fine line between helping a loved one with an … Read more about What Does Enabling Mean and How Does It Hinder Addiction Recovery?
Trauma is a pervasive problem for adults and children; however, studies show how psychological trauma manifests in a young child is markedly different compared to an adult. Traumatic experiences The saying, "who you are at seven, you will be at seventy," may have a grain of truth. Your child's … Read more about How Psychological Trauma Shows up in Children
For people with addictions, whether substance abuse or process addictions, understanding the various pathways that lead to addictive behaviours is critical to getting proper treatment and support. The connection between trauma and addiction Awareness of substance abuse is one of the keys to … Read more about Does Trauma Always Lead To Addiction?
There are various definitions of ambiguous loss, but perhaps the aptest, some might say the most beautiful description of this type of mourning comes from Darcy L. Harris: "Ambiguous loss is the type of grief that can be defined as an experience where there is a change in circumstances, … Read more about What Is Ambiguous Loss and the Approaches That Work Best
For those with traumatic histories, escaping or forgetting painful memories from the past can seem like an attractive option. Although many people often use drugs and alcohol socially and recreationally, some use substances to escape, a way to numb or forget painful memories, feelings, and … Read more about Drugs and Escapism: The Trauma Behind Substance Addiction
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is one of ten personality disorders classified within the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM-5) as a ''Cluster B'' personality disorder. To be diagnosed with a Cluster B personality disorder, a person must demonstrate erratic, dramatic, and overly … Read more about Is it possible to recover from a narcissistic personality disorder?
Our brains are dazzling and complex. Yet, as fascinating as it might be, the human brain has many limitations, especially when dealing with high-level stress, such as trauma. How trauma affects the brain You might have heard about how trauma affects people exposed to profoundly shocking and … Read more about What is the science behind emotional trauma?
Addiction and co-dependency share a strong connection: shame. Shame is much stronger than guilt. Unlike guilt, which is rooted around specific actions, shame makes a person feel inherently wrong. This feeling of wrongness can lead to feelings of being unworthy, unlovable, and undeserving of … Read more about Healing Shame: The Core of Addiction and Codependency