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  • Whether you are healing from trauma, or know someone who is, reading is a great way to transform perspective, experience, and thought. Our very own Reya Kost, Psy.D. has shared her favorite books that help shape our understanding of trauma and promote healing from within.   The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Book by Bessel van der Kolk, MD View on Amazon         The Body Never Lies: The Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting Book by Alice Miller and Alan Jenkins View on Amazon         The Boy...
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  • Developmental trauma is a term that refers to trauma that occurs during childhood. Examples include exposure to overwhelmingly stressful situations such as neglect or chronic abuse. Neglect may be physical or emotional, and abuse may be physical, emotional, or sexual in nature. Developmental traumas are sometimes called adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. ACEs result from exposure to dysfunctions in the home, such as mental illness, substance abuse, divorce, incarceration, domestic violence, or abandonment. The family may face serious financial hardship, homelessness, or they may be affected by crime or natural disaster. It is estimated that nearly 20% of Americans experienced...
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  • In today’s world of mass communication and access to information by credible sources, it is puzzling to realize that our society and culture hold tight to myths and stereotypes around alcohol and drug abuse and addiction. Below are ten most common myths of substance abuse, debunked. 1. All addicts are criminals. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that 50 percent of all inmates are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and up to 80 percent abused substances. However, outside of jails, 75-90 percent of those with substance abuse problems are functioning, holding jobs, and raising families. 2. You cannot...
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  • For those who have suffered sexual assault trauma, a “trigger” is something that reminds you of an intensely upsetting and dangerous event in your life. You might be triggered by witnessing a situation, visiting familiar locations, hearing certain words or phrases, seeing images or videos, or you might have been triggered in a moment of intimacy. For some survivors, triggers can cause a remarkably intense experience, causing them to react or behave much like they responded when the event actually happened. Learning to cope with triggers of sexual trauma: Completely avoiding triggers is impossible but learning to cope with triggers...
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  • A Need for Trauma Treatment Symptoms of traumatic stress began with military populations after the Civil War, known then as soldier’s heart. After the advent of heavy explosives in World War I, the term shell shock became well known. Medical perspectives toward trauma remained that if a person suffered shell shock, and because severe symptoms were not seen in every soldier, shell shock implied there may be a flaw in the soldier’s character. He just couldn’t hack it like another soldier could. Near the onset of WW2, recruits were screened to identify signs of moral weakness, assuming some men would...
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  • Trauma Therapist Tips for Self-Care Most of us feel we live pretty busy lives and, more often than not, we wish we had more “me time.” We are all different, so self-care means different things to different people. Self-care includes actions and activities that help us reach balanced health, emotionally and physically. Since denying self-care can lead to physical and emotional unbalance, it’s important to find what works for you. For those who have suffered trauma, this is particularly significant. As any many trauma therapists, or therapists in general, would tell you, mental health challenges sometimes separate us from self-care,...
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  • We recently had the pleasure of hosting A New Outlook Counseling for a tour of our rehab for women and it was an absolute pleasure! They provide marriage, individual, couples, and family counseling, including specialized substance abuse counseling in Colorado. Stop by their website and take a look at the counseling services they provide and don't miss the lovely write-up they did about our facility!
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  • An intricate relationship between eating disorders and culture Most of us lead media-saturated lives. We can try to control our exposure, but in today’s world of technology and communications, we cannot help most of it. Some of us have sold our televisions and turned off cable access in trade for media streaming. We’ve cut costs, sure, but we’ve not reduced our exposure to the influence of media. Most of us use a smartphone – about 77% of Americans do – and marketing experts estimate that, depending upon how we access information and use social media, we may be exposed to...
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  • Do you love someone who is struggling with an eating disorder? Have you approached her with your concern? How did it go? Sometimes, even the most loving and supportive attempts to help someone go terribly wrong. Resistance to getting help isn’t unusual, especially if the person struggling hasn’t yet faced severe physical consequences. She might agree that she has a problem, but she isn’t ready to let go. She might flat-out deny there’s a problem or minimize it, making numerous excuses for the behaviors that others have noticed. She might be angry and unapproachable. So, how do you help? It...
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  • A Dietitian’s Prescription for Health, Wellness, and Improving your Relationship with Food By Tianna Smith, MS, RD “I had two cookies... I was really bad today.” “Today is the last time I’m going to eat this fattening food.” “If only I didn’t have to watch my weight, I could eat what I want.” These are common statements I hear from clients, friends, family members, and even strangers on a regular basis.  In our diet-obsessed, food abundant, fast-paced culture, eating can become a mindless, and often guilt-inducing experience rather than a time for enjoyment, nourishing our bodies, and connecting with others...
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  • Trauma is an important topic that affects the lives of millions of Americans. Trauma is the result of an overwhelming stress that exceeds one's ability to cope, or to integrate and manage the emotions involved with that experience. Psychologists are learning more and more about trauma and how it affects a person’s ability to function, relate, feel, and think on a daily basis.  Neurobiologists are exploring the effects of trauma on the brain as well as practices and techniques that can reverse the harmful effects of trauma. Still, there are many misconceptions. This piece explores and attempts to eliminate some of...
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  • On the heels of a particularly deadly span of mass shootings/violence in the United States, Americans and the rest of the world are searching for answers. Some think it’s a gun control issue, some believe it’s a mental health issue, some believe it’s a generational and parenting issue. While we are greatly divided as a nation on what seems to be the problem, it is safe to say that there is a problem, and we need to figure out the solution before more lives are lost. As a center that treats women who suffer the effects of trauma, we are...
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  • Trauma Defined Historically, the word trauma has been used to describe violent and tragic human experiences like war or natural disasters. Today, we define trauma as a behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional distress or physical injury. Though we once thought few people faced trauma, advances in behavioral health science and treatment suggest that trauma is more widely experienced and varied than we once thought. People of all ages, races, and genders suffer from trauma. From combat missions to abusive relationships, to car accidents and cyberbullying, trauma is, unfortunately, a somewhat common experience. But nature provides us a...
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  • If you or a loved one are in need of treatment for trauma or PTSD, please give us a call. We are here to help.
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  • "So often, trauma happens in relationships, but it is also in relationships that healing occurs.” - Dr. Bruce Perry   Post-traumatic stress disorder contains a big word, trauma.  Many feel they cannot identify with trauma or they associate the word with combat veterans or assault victims.  What if we could experience trauma from our family systems or bullying?  I will speak for myself and share that the word trauma sounded scary to me for a long time.  “I don’t have trauma, so many others have experienced much more hurt than me."  How has your childhood affected your adult life?  Were...
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  • by Jessica Yaffa, BA, CPC Often when we think of the word trauma we imagine a gory scene from a movie that includes significant violence, injury, and direct physical harm. The fact of the matter is that trauma can be anything that the individual who has experienced this challenge(s) identifies as unmanageable or overwhelming. For the purposes of this article, we can define trauma as an experience that outweighs a person’s ability to cope.  Some examples of trauma might include: Abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, psychological) Domestic violence or intimate partner violence Severe mental illness Medical events (illness, invasive treatments) Homelessness...
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  • by Reya Kost, Psy.D. Beginning with an article published in Biological Psychiatry (2015), epigenetic inheritance of trauma has become a much-discussed concept.  Rachel Yehuda and colleagues claimed that they had found a genetic explanation for children of Holocaust survivors being likely to experience symptoms of trauma. Their work explained that the experience of trauma causes changes to DNA and those changes are then passed on to biological offspring – or are epigenetically inherited.  In the two-plus years since the publication of the article, the concept has exploded in popularity and is even included in the work of the famed Deepak...
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  • by Jessica Yaffa, BA, CPC Many of us relate Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to soldiers who have experienced combat and the profound aftermath of war. However, PTSD doesn’t only affect our heroes coming off the battlefield. It is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to any traumatic event, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, severe physical injury, witnessing death, or other perceived threats on a person's life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a...
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  • by Karolyn Johnson, MA, LMFT Trauma is a buzz word that is used frequently these days. It has a negative connotation for some, evokes empathy from others, but what we don’t often consider is the impact unresolved trauma has on our everyday life. Unfortunately, so many people have experienced something that made a deep impact on the way they think, act and feel, and have not yet processed that experience(s). While you may not think of those experiences as trauma, the suggestion is that trauma is a wide and varied category. In a nutshell, trauma is an event(s) that results...
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  • Our family at Haven Hills Recovery is thrilled to announce the opening of our treatment center and the launch of our new website! We invite you to explore our many pages of who we are, how we approach treatment, and the exceptional program we have to offer. Orenda is a treatment center for eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. We warmly welcome co-occurring psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder as well. Haven is a term which describes the a place of safety and refuge. We are here to help individuals learn how to change their lives and...
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