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Does Trauma Always Lead To Addiction?

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 helping people understand what causes them to drink, take illicit drugs, or …

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The Trauma Behind Substance Addiction

Drugs and Escapism: The Trauma Behind Substance Addiction

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 emotions. The link between trauma and addiction Much scientific literature …

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Healing Shame: The Core of Addiction and Codependency

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 kindness, success, and happiness. People with substance abuse issues are prone …

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What are some effective ways to manage your mental health when living with an alcoholic

5 effective ways to manage your mental health when living with an alcoholic

As many people will attest, living with an alcoholic is no easy feat. People who live with alcoholics or those with substance abuse problems get accustomed to specific behaviors. Alcohol use Friends and family members of alcoholics have likely tried everything in the book to get the person they love to stop drinking, and this …

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5 ways to communicate with a loved one if you suspect they have a problem with addiction

5 ways to communicate with a loved one if you suspect they have a problem with addiction

Having difficult conversations is never easy – this is especially true for the people we love, particularly when we suspect they may have a problem with addiction. Family members, friends and partners may have a hard time communicating with someone with an addiction. Firstly, there’s the shock factor that a person you love is suffering …

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The Disease of Isolation: Cycles of Loneliness and Addiction

Feeling lonely is common, especially amidst a global pandemic. No one is immune to feeling isolated from time to time, but what if it becomes a chronic feeling that you can’t shake? Psychology Today defines loneliness as a “function of the affective need for companionship and belonging.” Left unaddressed, it can negatively affect a person’s …

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EMDR Therapy: A Highly Effective Treatment for Trauma and Addiction

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 any of the underlying trauma which (if left untreated) can often lead to relapse.  Don Lavender, program director …

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