Category Archives: Trauma

Coping with Extreme Stress Without Drugs or Alcohol

Dealing with Stress

First responders are the first to arrive at the scene of a traumatic event, such as an accident, domestic disturbance, fire or natural disaster. They are faced with violence, pain, suffering and sometimes death. For police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, witnessing human suffering is part of each day’s work.
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Why Survivors of Child Abuse Are Prone to Relapse

Studies have shown that exposure to child abuse is a strong predictor of substance abuse. The self-esteem and resiliency of child abuse victims can be permanently damaged by their terrifying and painful experiences, and a significant number may attempt to cope with their feelings of powerlessness by turning to drugs or alcohol.

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Understanding the Impact of Shame

The experience of a childhood trauma can result in many lasting effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Those who experience childhood trauma may also be more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use or other dangerous behavior patterns. Continue reading