Trauma

Many people suffer traumatic events in their lifetime. The psychological distress of trauma can be so intense that some may self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to fall asleep, numb themselves, or deal with symptoms of physical pain. Half of those seeking addiction treatment also have PTSD, and PTSD also leads to a higher rate of relapse. Learn how trauma affects an individual and how you can heal.
Addiction Treatment

The Power of EMDR

Trauma and addiction often go hand in hand. Learn how EMDR—a treatment that reconceptualizes trauma and negative beliefs—can help.
Mental Health

How Is Trauma Linked to Addiction?

For many who experience a trauma, the shock and hurt dissipates with time. Others, however, may turn to substances and develop addictions.
Mental Health

Survivor's Guilt: A Symptom of PTSD

Survivor's guilt is a symptom of PTSD that occurs when someone fixates on their assumed responsibility and survival during a traumatic event.
Recovery

Drug Overdose: Everything You Need to Know

Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Understand the causes and symptoms behind an overdose.
Addiction Treatment

The Role of EMDR in Addiction Treatment

EMDR is a tool or a method that we can use to treat trauma, but it's one step out of a multi-step process. Learn more about EMDR, what it is, who it is best for, and how it can be a beneficial tool for addiction treatment.
Mental Health

First Responders and Mental Health: When Heroes Need Help

Long hours, lack of sleep, continuous exposure to stress and trauma, and on-the-job injuries can have a tremendous impact on the mental health of first responders. Learn how to recognize the signs and how you can help.
Mental Health

PTSD: What You Need to Know

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects over 24.4 million Americans. Learn what can cause it, how to recognize the symptoms, and how you can help someone who is struggling.
Drug Addiction

Women and Trauma: A Pathway to Addiction

It is estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that as many as 80 percent of women who are currently seeking treatment for addiction have a history of trauma. This number is only based on women that are seeking treatment, and of those women, those who report it – the number could very easily be higher than 80 percent.
Addiction Treatment

Men, Trauma, and Addiction

Addicted men and women react to treatment differently. Discover how a man’s upbringing can determine the effectiveness of his recovery efforts.
Alcohol

Addiction: Men vs Women

Addiction can impact anyone, but social and physiological factors lead to gender-specific concerns. Learn how substance abuse affects men and women.
Mental Health

Study Finds Substance Abuse Significantly Increases Suicide Risk Among Veterans

The study, which was recently published in the journal Addiction, involved 4.4 million veterans and was conducted over a period of six years.
Mental Health

Anxiety and Negative Self-Talk: How to Cope with Your Inner Critic

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety affects over 40 million people age 18 or older in the United States, over 18 percent of the population. And the interesting thing about anxiety is that, well, the worse it gets, the worse it gets.