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Why Addressing Addiction Alone Won’t Work – Addiction’s Ties to Trauma

Historically, substance abuse treatment was a single-focus intervention–to get the “addict” to stop using. Clinically, counselors and therapists only focused on the addiction perhaps assuming that other issues could be resolved at a later time in in recovery by another provider. A case could be made for prioritizing sobriety over other issues, as no underlying issues related to the substance abuse can be resolved while a person is still struggling with the...

An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder- Written by Our Clinical Staff

Personality, what is it?  How is it formed?  How we think, feel, and behave are characteristics of our personality and can account for the consistent way people act across different situations.  A person with BPD is impulsive, has marked problems with interpersonal relationships, chronic feelings of emptiness, emotional instability, difficulty controlling their anger, a fear of abandonment, risky behaviors, impulse control issues, dissociation, and frequent suicidality.  Due to their inability...