Posts in the ‘Trauma’ Category

Changing habits and triggers (not just in addiction or trauma recovery)

Resetting Your Triggers December 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin The trick is to find another reward to replace the one that’s no longer available. For instance, if we’re no longer going to have a cigarette with coffee after dinner, what other reward could we substitute in its place? We all have bad habits. Particularly

Stigma or denial – what is stopping drug users from getting help?

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Addiction Editor New research from the University of Western Australia identifies stigma and embarrassment as some of the biggest barriers to meth users getting the treatment they need. But a recovered addict disagrees, saying many users live in a state of denial about needing treatment at all, and usually

The second brain – trust your gut. Latest research finds serotonin and dopamine production occurs more in our gut rather than in the brain.

The Second Brain: Trust Your Gut Leslie E. Korn   There is no doubt that nutrition affects mental health. Poor nutrition leads to and exacerbates mental illness. Optimal nutrition prevents and treats mental illness. Note the word “optimal” for nutrition to prevent and treat illness. One’s diet cannot be just “good” or provide the basics

Alexithymia: What’s That Feeling?

In people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, such as PTSD, self-medication (taking substances to dull the pain) serves to remove unwanted feelings.  However, over a prolonged period this avoidant behaviour only results in one emotion being present – anger.  But, anger is a secondary, reactive emotion to something else being felt.  it

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction.  Changing the way drug use and addiction are taught in schools.  Finally!  And Australia is leading the charge globally.  A New York Times article by Maia Szalavitz, the author of “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.” STUART BRADFORD By MAIA SZALAVITZ SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 Drug