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What Is the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction?

What Is the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction?

Did you know that trauma and addiction are closely related? Traumatic stress can cause mental health problems which lead people to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Why does this happen? Understanding this aspect of addiction is the first step toward becoming trauma-informed. What Is Trauma? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines … Read more

Why Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated With Addiction?

Why Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated With Addiction?

Did you know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been recognized by health professionals as risk factors for mental health illnesses and substance use disorder (SUD)? Getting treatment for ACEs requires interventions with mental health professionals that help alleviate neurological damage. Without trauma-informed care, ACEs may drive children and young people toward substance addiction. Because … Read more

Overcoming Denial in Addiction Recovery

Overcoming Denial in Addiction Recovery

Unfortunately, denial is common among people with substance use disorder (SUD). It is also one of the major barriers to treatment. To begin receiving treatment and overcoming SUD, one must first overcome denial so they can accept their need for help. Once denial has been removed, treatment can be more successful and recovery more lasting. … Read more

Why Is Low Self-Esteem a Risk Factor for Substance Addiction?

Why Is Low Self-Esteem a Risk Factor for Substance Addiction?

Did you know that low self-esteem and substance use disorder (SUD) are interrelated? Low self-esteem is a powerful risk factor for developing SUD, especially in younger people like teens. SUD often comes with co-occurring mental health disorders, and while low self-esteem isn’t a mental health disorder itself, it may be a symptom of some. Treating … Read more

Benefits of a Balanced Life Rhythm

Benefits of a Balanced Life Rhythm

You may have heard about the importance of maintaining a work-life balance to achieve wellness. Did you know that a balanced lifestyle has a certain rhythm to it too? Many health experts emphasize that being aware of this balanced life rhythm can best promote positive health outcomes. Parting ways with chaotic disorder while rebuilding this … Read more