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Telling Our Deepest Truths: The Link Between Sexual Abuse and Addiction

Posted on July 24, 2014 in Addiction

Telling Our Deepest Truths: The Link Between Sexual Abuse and Addiction

It was a bleary Tuesday afternoon and I sat awkwardly in a metal folding chair, trying not to squirm. There were six other folding chairs placed in a semi-circle beside me, filled with other women who looked at least as uncomfortable as I was. A woman with strawberry blonde hair, graying at the temples, and wearing a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches entered the room. She welcomed us to what felt like a sad sewing circle: the Tuesday Trauma Group.

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Tips for Staying Safe, Sober on July 4

Posted on June 30, 2014 in addiction recovery

Tips for Staying Safe, Sober on July 4

How do you celebrate July 4? The traditional ways in which we mark Independence Day are a minefield not only for those in recovery, but also for those on the roadways.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on traffic accidents and fatalities on July 4, 2012, show just how many lives are turned upside down or destroyed on the holiday due to drunken revelers getting behind the wheel.

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Women, Addiction and Trauma: Some Sobering Facts

Posted on June 23, 2014 in Mental Health

Women, Addiction and Trauma: Some Sobering Facts

When I set out to write this article, I thought I’d provide some statistics to give readers a sense of just how prevalent traumatic experiences are for women—whether the trauma comes from being the victim of a violent crime, sexual abuse or a different source, I knew the statistics would be terribly high. I started researching and came across an article about walking alone at night, written by a woman who was sick and tired of the harassment—the catcalls, whistling and worse. Upon discussing this article with friends, I realized that I could share something much more powerful than percentages and numbers. I can share my personal experience: I don’t know an adult woman who has never experienced some sort of personal sexual violence. I’m going to repeat that because it bears repeating: of all the women I’ve spoken to in my life—friends, acquaintances, family members—100 percent have had at least one personal experience with trauma.

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