Discomfort — July 5, 2016

Discomfort

The discomfort of the absence of chemical dependency will drive the person back to the ease, comfort, numbness and other feelings that allow them to cope with the underlying issues. We do not treat bronchitis by suppressing just the cough but instead by treating the root cause of the infection. In the same manner, addiction is actually a symptom of greater underlying issues and we cannot just treat the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse but rather we need to treat the underlying causes and conditions if there is to be any hope of sustainable recovery.

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Underlying — July 3, 2016

Underlying

While addiction may be biological or genetic in nature there is no doubt that those who suffer from the horrific grip of substance use disorders also suffer from numerous underlying causes and conditions that either create, advance or exacerbate the addiction.

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Negativity — July 1, 2016

Negativity

12 Step programs describe feelings of being “restless, irritable and discontent” while clean and sober. Much of this stems from a self-centered perception that addicts and alcoholics have of themselves, as only seeing things as they relate to themselves and their circumstances. Another common trait is feeling “less than” and constant negative self-talk resulting in feelings of “I’m not good enough”, “I’m a piece of shit” and/or “I don’t deserve happiness”. Underlying fear, doubt, insecurity and self-esteem issues are common amongst most if not all of people that suffer from substance use disorders.

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Trauma Treatment — June 27, 2016

Trauma Treatment

Finally, it is also important to note that trauma work is not and cannot be done in a short period of time. Trauma work takes time. It cannot be done in a traditional 28 day residential setting. It can certainly be IDENTIFIED at the beginning stages of addiction treatment, but if it is to be truly worked on, it must be done over time. Therefore, if a patient begins working on their trauma in treatment it is vitally important that the treatment continue post discharge through an extended care facility able to treat trauma or with an individual therapist that specializes in trauma or both. Some of the effective forms of therapy that work in the treatment of trauma are prolonged-exposure therapy, cognitive-processing therapy (CPT), eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive restructuring, a form of CBT called stress-inoculation training and also some medications. Also important is a supportive environment and supportive social network.

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Trauma — June 24, 2016

Trauma

Another important point to remember is that trauma can be different for everyone. Trauma is defined by Mirriam-Webster (simple form) as “a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time.” So although most people would typically define trauma as some devastating, difficult experience like physical or sexual assault, a bad car crash, witnessing a death or violent crime or dealing with the issues of war, it is important to understand that trauma (and its effects) are defined by the individual.

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Complex — June 21, 2016

Complex

There is a number of different ways to look at the relationship between trauma and addiction, but there is no way to dismiss the facts that trauma and addiction are intertwined in a complex relationship. There is something to be said for trauma being a risk factor for substance abuse and also something to be said for substance abuse being a risk factor for trauma. It is also important not to neglect mental health and dual diagnosis issues into the equation. Often someone with a mental illness and trauma will self-medicate both issues which can turn into dependency and then addiction.

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Adolescents — June 19, 2016
Trauma and Addiction — June 18, 2016

Trauma and Addiction

There is a number of different ways to look at the relationship between trauma and addiction, but there is no way to dismiss the facts that trauma and addiction are intertwined in a complex relationship. There is something to be said for trauma being a risk factor for substance abuse and also something to be said for substance abuse being a risk factor for trauma. It is also important not to neglect mental health and dual diagnosis issues into the equation. Often someone with a mental illness and trauma will self-medicate both issues which can turn into dependency and then addiction.

Bob Lemoine

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What Comes First? — June 16, 2016

What Comes First?

There is an important and undeniable link between trauma and addiction. Does trauma cause addiction? Does a lifestyle of addiction invite or make more likely traumatic experiences? Perhaps trauma and addiction is somewhat like the chicken and the egg: We’re not sure what comes first but we certainly know they go hand-in-hand.

Bob Lemoine

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Complex — June 14, 2016

Complex

Addiction is a complex illness with many characteristics and underlying causes and conditions. However, there ARE always underlying causes and conditions. It is why a person cannot just treat the physical aspect of addition and hope to be okay. It is typically why just getting a physical detox is never enough to treat an addiction. It is often the reason for relapse, because if the addict or alcoholic does not identify and treat those underlying issues they will continue to go back to abuse the substances that they had in the past.

Bob Lemoine

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