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Making Your Addiction Counseling Work For You

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 or worsening of addiction. People who struggle with addiction can experience trauma, loss, relationship strain,…

a woman struggles with trauma and addiction

How Trauma Can Fuel Addictive Behavior

Addiction is a complex issue, and no two people have the same journey through it. Many biological and environmental factors contribute to the development of addiction. Research suggests that trauma is closely linked to addiction. Addiction specialists know that people who have a history of trauma are more likely to abuse substances. This allows them…

alcohol and ptsd have a clear connection

Can Alcohol Use Make PTSD Symptoms Worse?

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 abuse to surviving combat in war. The experience an individual undergoes or witnesses may not make itself clear at first as being…

a doctor explaining the difference between DBT vs CBT

DBT vs CBT

During addiction, your tolerance increases to your substance of choice, meaning you have to constantly use more in order to feel the same intoxicating effects. Substance abuse treatment focuses on helping you learn how to manage your symptoms, like cravings and triggers, so that you can maintain your sobriety. Both cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior…

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Psychotherapy vs. Counseling

Psychotherapy vs. Counseling When it comes to treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, people often use the term psychotherapy vs. counseling interchangeably. Although both disciplines have some similarities, they also differ in their approach. Knowing the difference can help clients decide which type of treatment is best for their condition. Let’s take a closer look…