3 thoughts on “Which Heals First, Trauma or Addiction?

  • December 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you so much for explaining this. I’ve been in treatment for PTSD for a few years now and have had alcohol problems periodically. I know understand better why my therapist has not been that concerned with treating the alcohol.

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  • December 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I am the clinical director at a small co-occurring disorders clinic focusing on trauma and addiction. I agree whole heartedly with the writer. It is arcane to not address all disorders concurrently and trauma treatment is KEY in the treatment of substance use disorders for most people seeking recovery from substance abuse. We have found that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) protocols specifically tailored for this type of treatment are highly effective in our practice. These protocols simultaneously develop coping strategies for trauma related symptoms as well as triggers related to their chemical dependence. The long term changes we see with our clients who receive EMDR are indisputable and transformative. I hope these effective, safe, and also research based practices rise to the top of accepted treatment approaches where they belong.

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  • December 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Addiction of course then afterwards you have a VERY LONG ROAD To find out all the Reasons why you started in the first place, I have been trying to HEAL for the last 9yrs Now, Counseling, Treatment, Meetings. DEBRA in portland oregon

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