Tag Archives: TRAUMA

What’s the Purpose of Support Groups?

Should you talk about your addiction war stories? Some people believe that telling your addiction history is not helpful. They fear that it could cause cravings and relapse to themselves and others. On the other hand, isn't your support group the appropriate place to talk out your trauma? It can be healing. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss the rationale and goals of support groups.

Discussion Guide:

Have you felt that some of your group members have glorified their drug related behavior in the past?

If so, has that triggered a craving or relapse for you?

What are the pros and cons of telling your story to other group members?

What do you think the rationale and goals of support groups are?

What is the most helpful thing that you have experienced from your support group?

Supplemental Reading:

Group Interventions for Treatment of Psychological Trauma, http://www.agpa.org/docs/default-source/practice-resources/group-interventions-for-treatment-of-trauma-in-adults.pdf?sfvrsn=2, see page 32-33.

Trauma and Addiction are Connected

It is not surprising that people who have been traumatized are more likely to abuse substances. For example, those who have been sexually abused are more likely to use drugs than the general public. It is said that they are 3.4 times more likely to use marijuana, 6 times more likely to use cocaine, 10 times more likely to use other major drugs. This podcast explores the connection between trauma and addiction. Listen in to hear this opiate recovery group discuss their experiences and opinions.

Discussion Guide:

Have you experienced trauma?

Do you believe the trauma predisposed you to an addiction?

What would you say the root cause of your addiction is?

Some say that you are as sick as your secrets. Have you had counseling to address the trauma?

If you went to rehab, were you in a dual diagnosis program? Was it helpful?

What would you look for in a counselor?

Supplemental Reading:

Jennifer Storm, How Trauma, Victimization and Addiction Are All Connected, http://www.thefix.com/how-trauma-victimization-and-addiction-are-all-connected

Kaiser Permanente, Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire http://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf

Opiatesupportgroup.com Podcast, Childhood Trauma Is Found to Underlie Most Addictions, May 21, 2017

Childhood Trauma Is Found to Underlie Most Addictions

It is no surprise that many people turn to substances in order to cope with difficulties. They want to numb themselves to emotional pain. A new study has found 10 types of childhood trauma that can lead to addiction as well as other harmful outcomes such as smoking, promiscuity, obesity, mental illness, heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and a shortened lifespan. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is a research study done by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC. Listen in to this opiate support group  discuss this study. Take the ACE questionnaire in order to follow along.

Discussion Guide:

Are you familiar with the Adverse Childhood Experiences study? If you took the 10-item questionnaire, what is your score?

If you had a high ACE score, you experienced Post Traumatic Stress. This is a normal response to what you experienced, and your addiction is an understandable outcome. Do you believe this is true of you?

Addiction is a coping behavior you developed because you weren't provided with a healthy alternative. Have you learned healthy coping skills in recovery?

In what way does your ACE score and resiliency factors influence your recovery? Will it influence your compliance and length of time that you stay in treatment? The involvement in counseling and recovery groups? Your chances of relapse?

Supplemental Reading:

Jane Stevens, Substance-Abuse Doc Says: Stop Chasing the Drug! Focus on ACEs, http://www.acesconnection.com/blog/substance-abuse-doc-says-stop-chasing-the-drug-and-focus-on-the-aces

Kaiser Permanente, Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire http://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf