Information about trauma and addiction
Carrie’s blog is for anyone curious about addiction as well as the connection between trauma and addiction. You’ll find current research and helpful information - whether you’re looking for yourself or because someone you know experiences addiction.
She’s also written posts specifically for mental health and addiction professionals - just look for “clinician posts”.
Carrie explores the impacts of trauma - it 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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The ability to relax is crucial to our physical and mental health.
Self-pity can be a dangerous thing.
Things get messy when people try to deal with stress by using alcohol, cannabis, or other substances.
Self-harming behaviours are confusing for people who engage in the behaviour as well as those who know someone who does.
Things get messy when people medicate anxiety symptoms with alcohol, cannabis, or other substances.
Ask anyone who struggles with addiction whether they have more than one thing they’re addicted to … the answer is usually “yes”.
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 can be especially difficult for those who struggle with family challenges and substance misuse.
Numbing out. Taking the edge off. Feeling no pain. How substance use changes a painful experience. Part 4.
7 facts about the overlap of mental illness and substance abuse.
Trauma has a significant impact trauma on the development of addiction issues. Part 3
(CLINICIAN POST) Part 4. How trauma and trauma-related symptoms can impact substance misuse and addiction.
How unresolved trauma can contribute to substance misuse and addiction making recovery more difficult. Part 2.
(CLINICIAN POST) Part 3. People often self-medicate dysregulation and trauma symptoms with drugs and alcohol as well as behaviours.
Addiction is often a symptom of the problem rather than the problem itself - unresolved trauma often drives the behaviours of addiction. Part 1.
(CLINICIAN POST) Part 2. What happens when we miss the link between trauma & addiction.
(CLINICIAN POST) Part 1. Addiction is often just one of the symptoms of "the problem": unidentified or unresolved trauma.
(CLINICIAN POST) Introducing a 4-part series written for professionals in the field of mental health and addiction.
My blog is about making sense of addiction and the connection between trauma & addiction.