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Helping Men Heal in Addiction Treatment

Trauma is a fact of life for millions of people, men and women alike. However, men and women experience trauma a bit differently. Male trauma is similar to female trauma in terms of many of the causes and symptoms. But differences in physiology, men’s role in society, and gender politics all combine to make the …

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My Boyfriend Relapsed, Now What?

Knowing how to support someone who has relapsed can feel like a bit of a mystery sometimes. Maybe you’re asking yourself, “My boyfriend relapsed; what can I do about it?” Simply admitting that truth to yourself is a great start.Admitting the truth is key if you want to help instead of enabling, or worse, get …

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I Know I Need Help—Is Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation Right for Me?

What is Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation?Outpatient drug rehabilitation consists of addiction therapy provided in a setting where patients either return home or to a sober living residence when their treatment day is over. Professional addiction treatment is defined by levels of care. They most often provide support for people who’ve completed a more extensive program and …

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10 Effects of Drug Abuse: From Relationships to Health

Learning About 10 Effects of Drug AbuseAddiction has a way of enticing us into its arms. People become addicted for a myriad of reasons, but they all begin with a desire to change the way we feel. Whether we are trying to escape boredom, fear or pain, the drug promises a momentary respite from the …

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5 Groups That Support Families of Addicts

Addiction is truly a family disease. Groups that support families of addicts are an important part of the recovery process for both the addicted person and their loved ones. Addiction therapy should always be a part of the solution for any family living with a substance use disorder, but these support groups play an equally …

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Dating in Early Recovery: Are Your Really Ready?

Dating in Early Recovery is TemptingDating in early recovery can be a sensitive subject. Everyone has a need for love and companionship. When recovery is new, most of us are feeling a little raw and exposed. Addiction therapy helps, but the comfort of another’s attention can also feel like a welcome salve to our bruised …

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Always Looking Outward Left a Mess Inside

Residential treatment for a substance use disorder is a scary step initially. The thought of spending your days in some sort of hospital meant to “clean” you up might seem too much. However, much of the staff at Brazos Valley isn’t just a doctor, nurse or clinician. Instead, these are folks with their own recovery …

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Big T Trauma and Little t Trauma

What is meant by big T trauma and little t trauma? It’s an informal shorthand sometimes used to classify different trauma categories. When the layman thinks of trauma, it’s usually the “big T” variety. Big T trauma comes from those overwhelming and significant events that leave a person feeling powerless in the moment. Think existential …

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How to Understand Trauma

The internet has become an almost inseparable part of social life and communication for most of us. Social media has evolved from simple personal profiles and instant messaging to a source of news, education and entertainment. It connects us to people we know and to total strangers in exciting new ways. It empowers interactions that …

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Help Your Addiction Therapy with 3 Helpful Books

The connection between trauma and addiction has always been present, even if we have not always been aware of it. An encouraging trend towards trauma-informed care in the addiction therapy world is helping to shed more light upon the relationship. Trauma is such a profoundly personal phenomenon. It often takes years for people to become …

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