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What Does It Feel Like To ‘hit Bottom’?

World famous author of the world famous Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling eloquently quipped “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” Hitting ‘rock bottom’ is something that most people do at some point of time in their lives for different reasons. We ‘hit bottom’ when we’ve reached our limit onRead More

Can Addiction Be Considered Trauma Of Its Own?

Everyone comes to addiction a different way. Some come to experiment with drugs and alcohol out of curiosity, some out of rebellion. Others come to drugs and alcohol because they are forced to by others. Common factors can include: peer pressure, relationship pressure, abuse by parents, or as a coping mechanism. What is otherwise anRead More

The Reasons We Overeat And Binge Drink

Trauma is a combination of both emotion and stress, which leads to an unresolved cluster of different symptoms. Overeating and binge drinking are common coping mechanisms for dealing with unresolved trauma as both acts can provide a false sense of comfort, safety, security, escape, and pleasure. Unfortunately, as is the case with all compulsive behaviors,Read More

How Long Do I Need To Stay In Treatment?

How long does anyone need to stay in treatment for trauma, chemical addictions, process addictions, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues? Until recently, there has always been an answer to the length of time to spend in treatment. The 28-30 day model has sustained the treatment industry for a long time. However, the efficacyRead More

Could Writing Help Your Trauma Treatment Experience?

Journaling, narrative therapy, and other forms of writing therapy are proven to help ease the symptoms of trauma by encouraging the processing timeline. Writing can help relieve the pressure of thoughts, memories, and feelings that come up throughout the course of a day. Clearing the mind and gaining perspective, the practice can progress the recoveryRead More

Clay, Play, And Depression

Squish. To some, the idea of something squishing is triggering and abhorrent. Squishiness conjures images and ideas of softness and moistness, which don’t always sit well with some. For others, the idea of something going squish is exciting, titillating, and even nostalgic. Messiness is associated with squish. Playtime is associated with squish. Unadulterated exploration, fun,Read More

Brain Inflammation In Depression Might Lead To Suicidal Thoughts

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. There is help. There is hope. Don’t give up. Your life is worth living. Depression is a globally experienced mental health disorder and symptom. At once, depression is its own disorder and can be the symptom of manyRead More

Intimacy Issues Are Sometimes More Intimate Than Others

Intimacy is a staple of human existence. Our ability to be close to one another, socialize, have friendships, relationships, and romantic partnerships is based on our ability to be intimate. Often, the word intimacy has the connotation of sexual intimacy, which is one of its many forms. Another important form of intimacy is emotionally intimacy,Read More

How Can Yoga Help Relieve Trauma Symptoms?

Yoga means union. During a yoga practice, you are becoming unified within yourself and the universe around you. Unified with the breath, you unify your mind, your body, and your spirit. Together, the breath calms the mind, guides the body, and settles the soul. Focusing on the breath is where meditative and mindful practices integrateRead More