Information about trauma and addiction
My blog is for anyone curious about the connection between trauma and addiction - whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one struggling with addiction. I’ve also written posts specifically for mental health and addiction professionals - just look for “clinician posts”.
I write to help people make sense of the behaviours and consequences of substance misuse and addiction. I also explore the impacts of trauma since trauma often paves the way for using substances or compulsive behaviours to self-medicate.
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I'm a counsellor and writer on a mission: to bring more science and more compassion to the field of addiction recovery.
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Addiction brings a loss of many aspects of self: self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-control.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study sheds some light on what contributes to addiction.
Sometimes the best tools for recovery are really simple.
The power of addiction lies in its ability to hijack and rewire brain circuits meant to help us survive.
(CLINICIAN POST) Research reveals a strong connection between trauma & addiction - we need to treat both.
Out of control. Rock-bottom. Skid-row. Oblivion - Part 4 in The Vortex Model of Addiction series.
Numb, numbed out, checked out, disconnected. Shutdown - Part 3 in The Vortex Model of Addiction Series.
Stressed. Stressed out. Burned out. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Part 2 in The Vortex Model of Addiction series.
Introducing The Vortex Model of Addiction. Anyone caught in the vicious cycle of addiction can appreciate the term “vortex” as a description of their experience.
(CLINICIAN POST) Introducing the Vortex Model of Addiction. How trauma, anxiety, and stress contribute to addiction disorders.
10 great reasons to make addiction recovery your top New Year’s resolution.
Christmas – the best of times or the worst of times. It can be especially difficult for those who struggle with family challenges and substance misuse.
Numbing out. Taking the edge off. Feeling no pain. Substance use clearly changes a painful or uncomfortable experience. Part 4 in a 4-part series.
7 facts about the overlap of mental illness and substance abuse.
There is a growing understanding of the significant impact trauma has on the development of addiction issues. Part 3 in a 4-part series.
(CLINICIAN POST) How trauma and trauma-related symptoms can impact substance misuse and addiction. Part 4 in Trauma & Addiction: The Link We Can’t Ignore.
How unresolved trauma can contribute to substance misuse and addiction making recovery more difficult. Part 2 in a 4-part series.
(CLINICIAN POST) People often self-medicate dysregulation and trauma symptoms with drugs and alcohol as well as behaviours. Part 3 in Trauma & Addiction: The Link We Can’t Ignore.
Addiction is often a symptom of the problem rather than the problem itself - unresolved trauma often drives the behaviours that lead to addiction. Part 1 of a 4-part series.
(CLINICIAN POST) What happens when we miss the link between trauma & addiction. Part 2 in Trauma & Addiction: The Link We Can’t Ignore
(CLINICIAN POST) Addiction is often just one of the symptoms of "the problem": unidentified or unresolved trauma. Part 1 in Trauma & Addiction: The Link We Can’t Ignore.
(CLINICIAN POST) Introducing a 4-part series written for professionals in the field of mental health and addiction. The title of this series is Trauma & Addiction: The Link We Can’t Ignore.
My blog is about making sense of addiction and the connection between trauma & addiction.