Coping with Adversity–Solution and Strength Focus

Coping with Adversity--Solution and Strength Focus Coping with adversity is never easy, but you can employ coping strategies that greatly improve your ability to manage through difficult times. There are always solutions—if not for the overall problem, at least for your reactions to it. Often, our reactions to a problem cause us even more problems. [...]

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Overcoming Adversity—Coping Strategies

Overcoming Adversity—Coping Strategies Overcoming adversity is something we all have to do at some point. If you have an addiction, or love someone who does, you may feel you do little but come up against a series of adverse events. While adversity is a natural part of life from time to time, no matter how [...]

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Adversity—Overcoming Life Challenges

Adversity—Overcoming Life Challenges Adversity is a part of life, and no one is exempt. We all live with the normal stresses of ordinary life, but everyone has intermittent rougher times, too. When adversity hits, we have to carry its extra burden along with the regular burdens of the lives we lead. Not all of us [...]

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Perfectionism is Painful–Remnants of Trauma

Perfectionism is Painful--Remnants of Trauma Perfectionism is painful for at least two reasons. One, it is fraught with anxiety, fear, dread and worry, and secondly, it is usually a remnant of unresolved trauma. People who live with perfectionism are constantly challenged by ordinarily life activities within which emotional upset frequently interferes. For example, learning a [...]

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Self-Limiting Internal Experiences

Self-Limiting Internal Experiences Self-limiting internal experiences are those thoughts, feelings, and beliefs we have that interfere with our personal growth and development. They are the fuel behind self-sabotage. Also, they often come from traumatic or adverse events in our lives such as childhood abuse, abandonment or neglect. Those types of events can seriously impact us [...]

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Overcoming Traumatic Loss in Addiction Recovery

Overcoming Traumatic Loss in Addiction Recovery Overcoming traumatic loss is difficult. Traumatic loss occurs when someone we love is killed by violence or accident. We are abruptly overcome with both the horror of the circumstances and the sudden loss. Coping can be extremely difficult and problems can persist for quite some time. Typically, if we [...]

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Echoing Trauma—the Fuel of Codependency

Echoing Trauma—the Fuel of Codependency Echoing trauma is the result of unhealed emotional wounds caused by adverse events. Adults who experienced traumatic events in childhood frequently find those events echoing throughout the rest of their lives in such symptoms as: Distressful memories and intrusive thoughts Persistent or recurring fear and anxiety Feelings of helplessness Desperate [...]

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Victim or Survivor? How Do You Identify Yourself?

Victim or Survivor? How Do You Identify Yourself? Victim or survivor--do you identify yourself as either? Is this even a pertinent question in your life? Perhaps you are one of the fortunate among us who has not experienced trauma, but perhaps on the other hand, you're like most of us who have been addicted or [...]

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Relearning Trust–a Gradual Process

Relearning Trust--a Gradual Process Relearning trust after a traumatic experience is difficult. However, it is part of a gradual healing process and, with the right help, it happens in its own time. Trauma shatters our world for awhile at least, and unfortunately, often very much longer than that. We recoil into ourselves having had a [...]

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Trusting Again–Addiction’s Damage

Trusting Again--Addiction's Damage Trusting again after addiction is a challenge--not only for the loved ones of an addict, but for addicts themselves. Addiction is a traumatic event for anyone involved, and one of the characteristics of trauma is that it shatters your trust in many ways. Any traumatic event, for example, damages our trust that [...]

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