The COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen entire countries locked down, many millions infected, hospitalised, and over a million sadly dying, has inevitably led to a large amount of people suffering from mental health problems. And the situation is not going to get better. Looking to the future: … Read more about The mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and coping strategies for social isolation
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is complex. Primarily, the onset of this disorder is caused by negative past experiences, trauma and even genetics. In places like Australia, up to four percent may be suffering from this disorder. In the United States, this figure rises to six … Read more about Borderline personality disorder and childhood trauma
The inextricable link between addiction and trauma is well known. Movements such as Alcoholics Anonymous (and other 'anonymous' fellowships) have undoubtedly made significant contributions to the therapeutic processes surrounding addiction. Rarely though, does this work purport to address … Read more about EMDR Therapy: A Highly Effective Treatment for Trauma and Addiction
Have you ever had what you describe as an out-of-body experience where you could not feel anything going on around you? You may have felt floaty or unable to move. You may have felt like you were watching yourself from somewhere else. Your skin may have tingled, your heart may have raced, … Read more about Complex Trauma: What is Dissociation?
By Renee W. One of the key things we learn in recovery is acceptance. We learn to accept what we cannot change, to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference (straight from the Serenity Prayer). That’s great and all, when we are making meetings, practising self-care, and … Read more about How to Put Your Sobriety First During a Pandemic
As we explored in Attachment Theory Part One, the attachments formed in childhood may affect a person physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout a lifetime. If a child develops a healthy attachment to a caregiver, he or she will more likely develop a secure attachment throughout life and … Read more about Understanding Attachment Theory and Addiction: Is There a Link?
Simply put, childhood trauma is a risk factor for almost any health issue that may develop years down the road. From depression and anxiety to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity, childhood trauma can not only be a direct cause of these physical and mental issues, but what’s worse, … Read more about How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
Our core belief is that Trauma and addiction are inextricably linked. As Don Lavender (Camino's Program Director) frequently says, ‘One of the biggest contributors to relapse is stress… And one of the biggest contributors to stress is unaddressed or unresolved … Read more about Unresolved Trauma and Addiction