Why Trauma-Informed Care Matters in Addiction Recovery
Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT
Sometimes in addiction treatment, just getting free from using drugs or alcohol can hijack all our attention. I cannot stress enough how important it is to recognize trauma’s role when we talk about addiction treatment and recovery. The article “The Link Between Trauma and Addiction” by the Maryland Addiction Recovery Center made this point so well. I want to follow up from a trauma-informed care perspective.
5 Signs You May Be Enabling the Addict in Your Life
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center
There is little doubt that addiction is a family disease that impacts not just the addict but also affects the entire family unit. One of the ways this occurs is through enabling. Enabling, in the context of addiction or alcoholism, is a behavior of the family or friends that allows the addict to continue with their destructive lifestyle. The issue with enabling is that the family members and friends that are enabling often are “well-intentioned” and either believe their actions are beneficial to the addict or through natural human instinct they are not capable of stopping or changing the behavior.
8 Tips For Supporting A Grieving Friend This Holiday
Litsa Williams, Co-Founder
Most people don’t intentionally set out to be unsupportive of their grieving family and friends. We know you may disagree, but let’s be generous and give people the benefit of the doubt. It is the holiday season after all.
Think about it, even people who’ve lost a loved one or, heck, people who’ve been trained in grief and bereavement sometimes struggle to know what to say or do. No one thought to make “Supporting a Grieving Friend 101” a high school requirement (although I’m pretty sure it would be a lot more useful than that geometry class I took freshman year). No one gives you a handbook.
The result? Many otherwise caring people do or say totally misguided things; while many grieving people turn to their friends and family and fail to find the support they need. With this in mind, as a holiday gift to grievers and all those out there trying to support grievers, we’d like to provide you with 8 tips for supporting a grieving friend this holiday season.
Adult Trauma Therapy for Complex Childhood Trauma
John Lee, Editor
In the first article in this series, we looked at how childhood traumas lead to a wide range of adult mental, emotional and physical health diseases and ultimately to early death.
So if you’ve got a trauma history, things can seem pretty bleak – but remember, statistics just represent an ‘average’ experience – you do not have to live this negative trajectory. By addressing your past, learning to cope with symptoms and ultimately reprocessing your memories so they no longer hold such power over you, you can earn a great health and quality of life increase.
Loving a Trauma Survivor: Understanding Childhood Trauma’s Impact On Relationships
Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT
Survivors of childhood trauma deserve all the peace and security that a loving relationship can provide. But a history of abuse or neglect can make trusting another person feel terrifying. Trying to form an intimate relationship may lead to frightening missteps and confusion.
How can we better understand the impact of trauma, and help survivors find the love, friendship and support they and their partner deserve?
Suicide Prevention – 10 Questions and Answers
Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT
The tragedy of suicide has struck again, here in Northern Virginia. I am heartbroken to learn of four student deaths in three days, in nearby Prince William County. Each one was ruled a suicide. As we grieve more dreadful losses to mental illness, I must ask, how can we stop this from happening again?
“Tell your children you love and support them,” urges a message from the school superintendent. I wholeheartedly agree. Further, I ask you to do something more to help prevent another suicide, beginning today.
Underestimating the need for suicide prevention is disastrous. Let us make time now to overcome the stigma of talking about mental health, so we can help each other face and seek treatment for mental health concerns and distress. This will prevent a great deal of suffering and save more lives.
Suicide is a scary topic, but the cost of not knowing how to help, and the danger of overlooking the needs of people who are suffering is too great to ignore a moment longer.
Take a few minutes now, to consider these 10 brief but important questions and answers about suicide prevention.
Creating the Optimal Living Environment for a Child with ADHD
Children with ADHD often need help keeping their bedrooms and environments organized. In fact, creating an environment in which there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place actually allows many children with ADHD to thrive.
Helping Your Teen Navigate ADHD on His Own Terms
Peter Jaksa, Ph.D.
I saw Donny for an ADHD evaluation shortly after his eleventh birthday. Like many parents, his mother, Christine, reacted to diagnosis of her adolescent son with mixed feelings: sadness that he was not perfect and that the attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) wouldn’t go away – and concern about the implications for Donny’s future.
What to Expect….When You Arrive Home
Postpartum Support Virginia
The first 2-3 weeks are an intense period of transition: baby transitioning to the outside world, and mom transitioning to motherhood. Allow time to adjust to this new life. Parenting can be joyful, but the first few weeks can be a great deal of work. Life for newborn baby consists of eating, digesting, sleeping, and crying, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. New parents often find themselves exhausted and overwhelmed, asking “How did this little baby change our lives so much?”
6 Signs You Were Raised By A Narcissist
Anna Almendrala, Huffington Post
To outsiders, your dad is a larger-than-life social magnet who attracts people from all walks of life. Or your mom is the perfect woman, always looking to please and juggling everything with ease.
But behind closed doors, all pretense falls away. Only you, their child, knows what it’s like to endure their cold shoulders for days on end over a minor infraction, or bear the brunt of constant, age-inappropriate demands for perfection and strength. You know what it’s like to be parented by a narcissist.