In an earlier post, we explored the value of animal-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders. The following is a narrative of how a service dog, named Gander, saved the life of his human companion, military veteran Lon Hodge.
Monthly Archives: June 2020
Given the prevalence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is vital to know what forms of treatment have been researched and found to be effective in treating the symptoms associated with PTSD. The American Psychological Association has compiled a list of treatment modalities that are strongly and conditionally recommended in the treatment of PTSD. These … Read More
June 27th has been recognized as National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. PTSD is the result of being exposed to a traumatic event, and according to the American Psychiatric Association, 3.5% of adults in the US are affected by this disorder, with 1 in 11 Americans being diagnosed in their lifetime.
The way we talk to ourselves can make or break our day. Authors Rick and Forrest Hanson explain that we all have two inner voices: the inner nurturer and the inner critic, and both serve an important purpose. The problem can arise when these two voices become unbalanced. Unfortunately, for most folks, the inner critic … Read More
The effects of substance use disorders can be generational. Many times adult children, whose parents struggled with addiction, will notice behavioral patterns in themselves like isolation, approval seeking, low self-esteem, fear of abandonment and fear of authority. The recognition of these traits often surface in treatment as people are working toward their own sobriety.
A 9-pointed personality system, the Enneagram has roots in ancient mythical traditions. Some psychotherapists believe that it can be useful in counseling. In the Enneagram, each personality type is represented by a number, and each personality type has their own core fear and motivations. Understanding our own Enneagram type, and the types of important people … Read More
n recent years, researchers and treatment providers have been curious about the connection between early childhood experiences and negative health outcomes later in life. The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study was carried out by Southern California Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997, and showed a correlation between exposure to abuse or neglect in childhood … Read More
Sometimes people just starting on their path to recovery are hesitant to engage in 12 Step programs. This can be a significant barrier to healing for people seeking recovery, as research has shown that community connection is vital to sustained abstinence. Fortunately, there are several alternatives that can support individuals as they begin their journey.