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Anger

Addiction and Emotional Abuse

“The truth is that the few times he was physical with me were tiny blips on a long timeline of subtle manipulation, public humiliation, controlling behavior and gaslighting.” So writes Leigh Stein of her abusive boyfriend in her Washington Post essay, He Didn’t Hit Me. It Was Still Abuse.

Despite the deeply painful impact of emotional abuse, many people don’t grasp its significance. There are no bruises and broken bones, so does it really “count”?

Our answer: it certainly does. Emotional abuse is real, and...
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Anger

Addiction and Verbal Abuse

“You’re stupid. You’re an idiot.”

“What’s wrong with you? You’re crazy!”

“You’re worthless, you’re nothing.”

“You should never have been born.”

“You don’t shape up, I’m gonna kill you.”

All of these words and phrases constitute verbal abuse. That’s why just seeing them on a computer screen can cause...
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dual diagnosis

Addiction and Abortion

It’s common knowledge that substance abuse can lead to serious birth defects or spontaneous pregnancy loss. Yet fewer people realize that abortion can be a catalyst for alcoholism or drug addiction.

Studies show a strong link between present addictions and past abortions. Elliot Institute researchers...
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dual diagnosis

Addiction and Sexual Abuse

“We walked into that police station holding the jagged shards of our story, of our childhood, and said, LOOK. THIS HAPPENED. And Officer Paul Smith bore witness. He wrote it down.”

So writes childhood sexual abuse survivor, blogger, speaker, and advocate Laura Parrott Perry in...
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Diagnosis

Are You a Narcissist?

If you are a narcissist how would you know it?  Maybe you've been accused of being a narcissist; certainly most sex addicts have. But what would it actually feel like if you were a narcissist?

When we think of narcissism we often think of the way it looks in the rich and famous, the over-privileged. It plays out in a lack of genuine connection and empathy, an attitude of over-entitlement, and a tendency toward manipulative, deceptive and...
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Anger

Addiction and Physical Abuse

October is Bullying Prevention Month, so let’s break the silence surrounding all types of physical abuse. Let’s speak about the negative ramifications of childhood abuse, and talk openly about the repercussions.

Specifically, today we’ll clarify the powerful connection between physical abuse and trauma and addiction....
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