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Alcoholism Rehab

Alcoholism is a disabling addictive disorder. It is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol, despite its negative effects on the drinker’s health, relationships, and social functioning. Like other drug addictions, alcoholism is medically defined as a treatable disease. Alcoholism, alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence is one of the most frequently and unsuccessfully treated conditions in our hospitals and rehab clinics today. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant with effects that vary depending on the concentration in the blood. Alcohol dependence also presents the individual with a range of additional problems of all the drugs of abuse. Aside from developing alcohol abuse and/or dependence disorders most alcoholics engage in unsafe drinking practices and are more susceptible to exposure to verbal or physical abuse, and an increased likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors and injury. There are also the risks of developing emotional problems such as depression and anxiety, relationship problems and feeling of worthlessness. Most individuals presenting with alcoholism or alcohol dependence report feeling as though their lives are out of control or severe loneliness. The Australian Journal of Psychology indicates that the majority of alcohol abuse/dependence problems should be treated in a residential program once the individual has gone through a medical detox. However once the physical symptoms are managed it must be followed up with some form of psychosocial treatment. One of the key ingredients in successful alcoholism treatment is engaging the individual in a residential program emphasizing the importance of relapse prevention and management strategies. Ready to take the next step? Or do you have more questions?

post-traumatic stress disorder

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. Most people associate PTSD with battle–scarred soldiers–and military combat is the most common cause in men–but any overwhelming life experience can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma. PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.     Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include: War Natural disasters Car or plane crashes Terrorist attacks Sudden death of a loved one Rape Kidnapping Assault Sexual or physical abuse Childhood neglect The difference between PTSD and a normal response to trauma The traumatic events that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of PTSD. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful or numb, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. For most people, however, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even […]

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Trauma

Trauma, Whether trauma stems from a personal tragedy, a natural disaster, or other catastrophic event it can shatter our sense of security, making us feel vulnerable and uncertain. When disaster strikes, it’s common to feel helpless, anxious, guilty, and even numb. The emotional aftermath of a traumatic event can be every bit as devastating as the physical destruction. And no one is immune. Even those of us safely watching from behind our television or computer screens can be powerfully affected. The world may suddenly feel dangerous, unpredictable, and out of control. There is no right or wrong way to feel after a traumatic event. But there are many strategies that can help you work through feelings of pain and grief and regain your emotional equilibrium. If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger that you just can’t kick. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. But treatment and support from family and friends can speed your recovery from emotional and psychological trauma. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you What is emotional and psychological trauma? Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but […]

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What is Psychological Trauma

What is Psychological Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The word ‘trauma’ is derived from the Greek term for ‘wound’. Very frightening or distressing events may result in a psychological wound or injury – a difficulty in coping or functioning normally following a particular event or experience. Everyone’s reaction is different, but most people who experience a potentially traumatic event will recover well with the help of family and friends and will not experience any long-term problems. If people do develop problems, they may appear directly after the traumatic event or they may not emerge until much later. What is a traumatic event Potentially traumatic events are powerful and upsetting incidents that intrude into daily life. They are usually defined as experiences which are life threatening, or where there is a significant threat to one’s physical or psychological wellbeing. The same event may have little impact on one person but cause severe distress in another individual. The impact that an event has may be related to the person’s mental and physical health, level of available support at the time of the event, and past experience and coping skills. Situations and events that can lead a person to experience psychological trauma include: · Acts of violence such as an armed robbery, war or terrorism · Natural disasters such as bushfire, earthquake or floods · Interpersonal violence such as rape, child abuse, or suicide of a family member or friend · Involvement in a serious motor vehicle or workplace accident. Other less severe but still stressful situations can also trigger traumatic reactions in some people. What are the symptoms of psychological trauma Many people have strong emotional or physical reactions following experience of a traumatic event. For most, these reactions […]

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