Trauma

Trauma and the Treatment of Substance Use and Eating Disorders

Recognizing and Processing Trauma In the treatment of substance use and eating disorders, much of our work involves processing trauma. In fact, an estimated two thirds of all individuals suffering from substance use disorder have experienced some type of trauma. Furthermore, a 2012 study by Mitchell et al found that the “vast majority of women…

Serotonin and Substance Abuse

Serotonin and Substance Abuse

In addition to being a product of genetics and environment, addiction is a matter of brain chemistry. Actually, the three are closely interrelated. Drugs of abuse are powerful, mind-altering substances that can disrupt the brain’s reward system and adversely affect natural chemical levels. Meanwhile, scientists estimate that genetic influences account for 40 to 60 percent…