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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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How Trauma Can Fuel Addictive Behavior

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: July 7, 2021 Updated: July 27, 2021 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…

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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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3 Benefits of Trauma Therapy for Addiction Treatment

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 15, 2021 Updated: April 22, 2021 Many people who develop a substance use disorder end up there because they use drugs and alcohol to mask underlying feelings. They may be trying to repress past trauma memories and resulting emotions like shame, guilt, and fear. Having trauma-informed…

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Benefits of Group Therapy

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 11, 2020 Updated: March 24, 2020 The reason why treatment is so important for recovery is because addiction is a complex disease that alters your brain chemistry and impairs your judgment. Evidence-based treatments, like group therapy, help improve your ability to cope with your symptoms. Among…

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DBT vs CBT

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: March 7, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 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…

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Psychotherapy vs. Counseling

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 25, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 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…