Abandonment Issues and Addiction

Abandonment Issues and Addiction Abandonment issues spring from many different sources, but primarily from childhood experiences. You might think of an abandoned child as one left completely alone. Although that tragic situation happens, there are many more children who are abandoned in other ways. No child abandonment is easily endured by a child or easily recovered [...]

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Top Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Top Anxiety and Depression Symptoms Anxiety and depression are two conditions which may seem to be alike in many aspects, but are in fact very different, as anxiety and depression symptoms vary. Here is an in-depth look on the top anxiety and depression symptoms. What is anxiety? Anxiety is common. It is the feeling of [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Blog, Coping with Grief, Dealing with Trauma|Comments Off on Top Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Treating Yourself Badly–Is It Habitual?

Treating Yourself Badly--Is It Habitual? Treating yourself badly is habitual for many people. Typically, it begins in early family life when children are exposed to abusive or neglectful parenting. Children may be directly told bad things about themselves, or may simply come to believe bad things because of others’ behaviors, or the adverse life situations [...]

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Anticipating Catastrophe–Living in Fear

Anticipating Catastrophe--Living in Fear Anticipating catastrophe comes all too easily to those of us who have addictions or codependency. This frantic state of mind and expectation is the result of deep despair as well as feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Both addiction and codependency foster these difficult emotions and permeate our thoughts and beliefs with [...]

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An Addicted Parent and Childhood Trauma

An Addicted Parent and Childhood Trauma An addicted parent is a source of pain for everyone in a family. However, a child who grows up with parental addiction has a particularly unique form of pain that is both immediately difficult, but that also can last a lifetime. Even as adults, such children can still suffer [...]

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Emotional Trauma–One Root Cause of Addiction

Emotional Trauma--One Root Cause of Addiction Emotional trauma is a root cause of addiction for many people. This has become apparent in the histories and co-occurring problems of people in treatment for addictions. For example, the population at large has just about an 8% rate of having been physically abused as children. However, people with [...]

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Growing up in Recovery When You’re an Adult

Growing up in Recovery When You're an Adult Growing up in recovery can mean a couple of things.  Some children whose parents are in recovery begin to participate in recovery efforts early in their lives.  This is a very valuable and much-needed experience for many children in such families.  Addiction is a family illness in [...]

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Painful Memories and Your Sobriety

Painful Memories and Your Sobriety Painful memories from active addiction can haunt us during our sobriety. And, not just memories from addiction can be troublesome when we're sober. A great many people who become addicted have had other traumatic experiences, too. In fact, many addicted people first turned to substance use to self-medicate emotional pain [...]

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Collapsed Boundaries–Family Issues in Treatment

Collapsed Boundaries--Family Issues in Treatment Collapsed boundaries occur in many situations and conditions, but are especially significant in addiction and codependency. Families in which addiction and codependency are active are particularly prone to these types of interpersonal dynamics. Essentially, people who have collapsed boundaries find themselves 'merged' with others, having an indistinct sense of self [...]

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Scapegoating–Family Issues

Scapegoating--Family Issues in Treatment People Listening To A Man Gesturing With Hands Scapegoating is a common family issue particularly in families in which there is addiction or codependency. To scapegoat someone means to single out a person for unwarranted negative treatment or blame. A scapegoat can be anyone--adult, child, parent, sibling, spouse, peer, [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Blog, Dealing with Trauma|Comments Off on Scapegoating–Family Issues