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  • Addictions and Trauma Recovery
  • The author addresses the role that addiction plays in the lives of trauma survivors. Furthermore, she points out how addictions act as a coping mechanism and what happens during abstinence. The therapist, she claims, must be aware of the reasons behind why the addiction started in order to best be able to help the patient as he or she begins to overcome the addiction. Additionally, she explains how helping the patient understand how the addiction aided him or her and how the therapies will help him or her cope in a different way is necessary for a true recovery....

  • Understanding Maltreating Mothers: A Synthesis of Relational Trauma, Attachment Disorganization, Structural Dissociation of the Personality, and Experiential Avoidance
  • Treatment options are limited for families in which the child has severe and intractable disturbances of emotion and behavior, in which there is suspected or confirmed maltreatment by the mother, and in which the mother has her own history of childhood neglect and abuse. This paper proposes a model for understanding mal- treatment in mother–child dyads, drawing upon the developmental psychopathology, behavior, and trauma literatures. At the core of this model is the hypothesis that a mother’s maltreating behav- ior arises from unconscious attempts to experientially avoid the reemergence of an attachment-related dissociative part of the per- sonality that contains the distress arising from her own early experiences of attachment relationships. The implications of this model for therapy are considered. ...

  • Trauma Reveals the Roots of Resilience — Fosha
  • After September 11, a friend sent me the following quote from Hemingway, a gift I want to share it with you."The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places." I cannot think of a better way to capture what our aim is than to say that through our work, we try to help our patients –and ourselves-- become stronger at the broken places. In the process of doing the work, we also sometimes discover amazing places that have always been strong and were never broken. Not so infrequently, in the course of dealing with tragedy, with destruction, with misfortune, and evil, we are taken aback by the miracles that we are privileged to witness. Steeled for the worst, we encounter the best. It is not only that some are strong at the broken places; it is also that, through trauma, others become strong, and discover they’re strong in ways they never knew. For sometimes trauma awakens extraordinary capacities that otherwise would lie dormant, unknown and untapped. Without the trauma, they would never see the light of day....

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