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Making Your Addiction Counseling Work For You

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: August 14, 2021 Updated: August 2, 2021 Addiction affects about 1 in 10 people in the United States. It is a disease, but the causes and effects are not only physical. Mental health issues, trauma, or experiencing difficult emotions are all thought to contribute to the development…

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Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: June 8, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm, and anxiety. Those symptoms occur due to various traumatic experiences ranging from emotional, physical, verbal, mental, or sexual…

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Understanding PTSD

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: April 23, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021 After going through a distressing event, people may have difficulty coping with their feelings about what happened. Usually, after some time and self-care, people feel better and can leave the past event. Sometimes, the traumatic event’s effects linger for months…

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Common Signs A Loved One Is Experiencing PTSD

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 17, 2021 Updated: April 22, 2021 People who experience an upsetting event often have nightmares, memories, or flashbacks when exposed to a different traumatic situation. Examples include mass shootings, earthquakes, or a bombing. You may have a loved one who shows signs of PTSD, post-traumatic stress…

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The Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: July 19, 2020 Updated: July 17, 2020 According to a report by the National Institute of Health (NIH), at least a third of teenagers who have been neglected or abused may develop a substance abuse disorder before they reach 18 years. Childhood trauma and addiction can cause…