Tag Archives: Trauma

The Two Dimensions of Fearing Intimacy


Intimacy is an integral part of the recovery process, with each journey being a wholly personal and emotional venture. However, while intimacy is an essential part of recovery, it is also one of the most difficult and vulnerable parts of the process, and an individual could be resisting these feelings of intimacy for a couple […]

Trust and Trauma in Recovery

trust and trauma

Trauma impacts an individual in many unique ways, any of which can make it difficult to cope with daily events. Those suffering from traumatic experiences can find their thoughts invaded by unwanted and harrowing images, and even a good night’s sleep can feel like a distant impossibility. However, before an individual can begin to tackle […]

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

Trauma underpins most major mental illnesses and substance use disorders. When life deals someone with a challenging card, they only have so many ways to cope. There are genetic and environmental factors that guide the decisions we make in the wake of trauma. Some turn to alcohol or drugs, some experience psychosis; others enter significant […]

Storytelling to Heal from Trauma

storytelling to heal from trauma

Telling your story can make all the difference. After having experienced trauma, however, it can be difficult to vocalize, organize, and summarize what you went through. It takes time to craft your narrative. It is helpful to remember that you get to decide how to tell your story. You ultimately determine how to interpret the […]

How Do I Talk to My Partner About My Trauma?

Opening up to a partner about past or present trauma is a huge relationship hurdle to work through. We want the people we love to support us through the toughest of times, but vulnerability is scary. We may fear rejection once we reveal hardship and the more negative sides of our lived experiences. Trauma is […]

How Creating a Self-Care Package Helps Heal You

One of the most challenging lessons that come during recovery is learning to take care of yourself. Whether you are dealing with alcohol, drugs, or coping with a mental illness, self-care is a challenging concept. You’ve no doubt spent a lot of time not caring for yourself, which made it that much easier to live […]

Am I Really a Victim or Am I Just Acting Like One?

Someone who has been through any trauma, abuse, illness, or crisis can be considered a victim. Having to deal with the aftermath of the circumstances that are hurtful physically, mentally, and emotionally can be difficult to manage. Without any support, these situations can come out in other negative ways because victimhood is no joke. Victimhood […]

Why Has EMDR become So Popular For Recovery?

Why Has EMDR become So Popular For Recovery?

One of the recent trends in therapy is using EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) was discovered in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., as a way to process traumatic memories and has since become an efficient type of therapy to deal with the pain of the past. EMDR is a method to get to the […]

5 Ways to Cope on the Anniversary of a Traumatic Event

5 Ways to Cope on the Anniversary of a Traumatic Event

“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” The anniversary of a traumatic event can evoke feelings of despair and make us relive the experience, bringing back symptoms of post-traumatic […]