Tag: trauma

A Worldwide Recovery of Our Time

“For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” —Excerpt from “The Hill We Climb,” Inauguration poem by Amanda Gorman The world today is in on-going recovery. Why? you might ask. Think about the past eighteen months: A pandemic (which is not yet …

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Substance Use Disorder and Trauma

As a woman in long-term recovery and a regular contributor to The Phoenix Spirit, I have written about my experience finding sobriety, struggling with and addressing cross-addiction, and being a part of a 12-step program. What I have not yet shared is that I am a trauma survivor, and how addressing my trauma has been …

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Living With Unidentified Trauma Symptoms

“One who returns to a place sees it with new eyes. Although the place may not have changed, the viewer inevitably has. For the first time things invisible before become suddenly visible. —Louis L’Amour  I’ve always felt there is something fundamentally wrong with me. Sometimes I get these anxiety spells out of the blue. …

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Healing the Invisible Harm of Emotional Cruelty

healing from emotional cruelty

All my life I’ve felt there’s something terribly wrong with me–something I can’t put into words, something that makes me different from everybody else. People say, “Sheila, you are a good person” but I know they don’t really like me. Sometimes I really hate myself. I know you’ll think this is stupid. For the longest …

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