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Holistic Drug Rehab vs. 12-Step Drug Rehab

Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is unlike any other and offers a proven “niche” for those who have struggled with chronic relapse. When you watch the testimonials of past residents, you find that each person’s experience with detox, if needed, and the general entrance into the facility was a pleasant and welcoming transition.

Intersection of Trauma and Addiction: Pamela Downey of Gulf Breeze Recovery

Pamela Downey a licensed mental health counselor in Florida has been with Gulf Breeze Recovery since their inception in 2013. As a therapist with a background in multiple disciplines, Pamela appreciates integration with a focus on wellness.  She has enjoyed working in private practice as a psychotherapist in downtown Pensacola since 2014, working with clients…

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What Is EMDR Therapy?

If you’ve heard about it but haven’t researched it, you may wonder what EMDR therapy is. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a mental health treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR therapy facilitates the processing of traumatic memories to bring them to an adaptive resolution.…

Children Who Suffer Trauma, and Addiction as Adults

The impacts of trauma during childhood often linger on into adulthood and can lead to the development of psychological problems and/or addictions. Indeed, research has established such a firm link between childhood trauma and substance abuse that some treatment facilities now offer concurrent treatment of addiction and any underlying trauma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD and Addiction in The Military

The rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be up to 15 times higher in the military population than it is in the general population, which likely explains in part the prevalence of substance use disorder in the military. Consequently, when people see or hear the term PTSD, they likely think of veterans.

The Importance of Addressing the Role of Personal Trauma in Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Numerous studies over the past 30 years have established that there is a definite link between trauma and alcoholism and/or drug addiction. In fact, many substance abuse treatment facilities treat trauma and addiction as co-occurring disorders.

Breaking the Links Between Trauma, Addiction, and Alcoholism

It is no mystery that many people turn to substances and alcohol as coping mechanisms. Symptoms of stress and anxiety are often treated by “self-medication” instead of counseling or therapy. Past or present traumatic experiences are well-known to create long-term stress, anxiety, and other related wellness disorders.