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TRAUMA AND ADDICTION: TOOLS FOR RECOVERY
Addiction to alcohol or drugs is now recognized as a frequent outcome of a traumatic experience or experiences. Sexual trauma can be an important activator of addiction to alcohol, drugs or other substances.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of women and men from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Sobriety is maintained through sharing their experience, strength and hope at group meetings and through the suggested Twelve Steps for recovery from alcoholism. http://www.aa.org/
There are other similar Twelve Step programs to consider including:
Sex Addicts Anonymous: http://www.saa-recovery.org/
Crystal Meth Anonymous: https://crystalmeth.org/index.php
Sexaholic’s Anonymous: http://www.sa.org/
Sexual Recovery Anonymous: http://sexualrecovery.org/
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: http://www.slaafws.org/
Over Eaters Anonymous: https://www.oa.org/
Narcotics Anonymous: https://www.na.org/
Debtor’s Anonymous: http://www.debtorsanonymous.org/
Gambler’s Anonymous: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/locations
Underearner’s Anonymous: http://underearnersanonymous.org/
Co-Dependents Anonymous: http://coda.org/
COPING WITH STRESS
Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress.
Here are some healthy ways you can deal with stress:
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise on a regular basis, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.
TALK TO OTHERS
Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
AVOID OR LIMIT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
These may seem to help with the stress. But in the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.
TAKE A BREAK AND BREATHE
If news events are causing your stress, take a break from listening or watching the news. There are beneficial apps on your phone to facilitate that one moment to yourself such as Insight Timer and HeadSpace.
RECOGNIZE WHEN YOU NEED HELP
If problems continue, or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist, social worker, or professional counselor.
TOP MENTAL HEALTH APPS
Calm – iPhone (Free)
Moodnotes – iPhone ($3.99)
Insight Timer – Android & iPhone (Free)
My 3 – Android & iPhone (Free)