Neurotherapy: QEEG Brain Mapping & Neurofeedback for Trauma Treatment

Our brains are one of our most powerful tools. They’re meant to ensure our survival by protecting us from trauma but sometimes they're too effective and we need to remind our brains to move back to functioning normally. We’ll sometimes refer to them as our smartest, dumbest organs. When we experience trauma, our brains will rewire themselves to protect us.

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Sleep Study: Why is Sleep Important for Recovery?

Do we really need to sleep? Despite a robust body of research, it’s still unclear why humans need sleep. What is abundantly clear is that sleep is not a luxury but a necessity for repairing our brains and bodies each night. Humans are the only animal that denies themselves sleep. Lack of sleep is linked to everything from cardiovascular disease to depression and anxiety.

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EMDR and it’s Role in Trauma & Addiction Treatment

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is interactive psychotherapy used to help people heal from the psychological effects of trauma and disturbing life experiences. Multiple studies have shown that EMDR can expedite the effects of other modalities such as talk and group therapies by effectively unblocking traumatic events and allowing patients to process and heal more quickly. After a traumatic event, it’s natural for the brain’s fight or flight response to repress the memory and create a mental block to protect that person from the trauma they experienced. While this is an understandable response, it inhibits long-term healing. To properly heal, those memories need to be unblocked and reframed. It’s similar to a physical block.

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COVID-19 and Recovery: Evaluating the Impact of Global Trauma

The COVID-19 pandemic has had long-lasting effects that we most likely won’t understand the full impact of for many years to come. Two years ago we had no idea that the virus would touch every aspect of our lives, from how we shop and get groceries, to how we work and socialize. Most things went online as a necessity, including medical appointments and meetings. Unfortunately, so much of the recovery process is dependent upon face-to-face interactions and groups. Recovery communities such as 12 Step meetings were forced to operate online or not at all and many people lost a necessary source of comfort and accountability.

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Dual Diagnosis: What is a co-occurring disorder?

What is dual diagnosis? Statistics are readily available for how many people are impacted by either mental illnesses or substance abuse, but what about those struggling with both? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) uses the term co-occurring disorders for coexisting mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Mental illness and substance abuse are frequently intertwined. Unfortunately, many treatment plans isolate either the symptoms of the substance abuse or the mental illness, rather than treating the whole person. Traditional recovery methodology can gloss over mental illness in favor of treating substance use disorders and vice versa. It’s an unfortunate reality because it’s common for people with mental health issues to self-medicate with substances and develop other maladaptive coping mechanisms. For example, someone suffering from an anxiety disorder might start drinking in order to deal with their anxiety attacks.

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Understanding Alcoholism & Trauma Recovery

Struggling with substance abuse can be painful and destructive not just for you but also for your loved ones. Alcoholism is one of the most common and well-known examples of substance use disorder (SUD) and can have long-term side effects like emotional dysregulation, cognitive dysfunction, and other mental and physical health issues. Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), and other substance abuse disorders, can be tricky to identify, for example, you might not notice your family member drinking frequently if you are not around them to observe the behavior.  If you are unsure if you or someone you love is struggling, we have curated a list of behavioral, physical, and social changes that you can reference here. At Sabino Recovery, We understand that each person's struggle with alcohol and trauma is unique, so their recovery should be as well. Our first-hand experiences shed light on how to approach alcoholism recovery and achieve true healing.

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Treatment Options for Anxiety

Did you know that occasional anxiety is actually normal, and in some cases, necessary? Feelings of anxiety can be understood as personal cues for dealing with stress. Anxiety is meant to protect us from danger, allowing us to react quicker and more effectively to harmful or threatening stimuli. What about when anxiety is not normal, such as when it persists or keeps you from functioning normally on a daily basis? This is the nature of anxiety-related disorders. It is essential to understand how anxiety disorders may show up in yourself or others so that you can be more aware of when anxiety is unhealthy. While you become more educated and aware of what anxiety disorders are, it is also necessary to understand what treatment options are available for distressing symptoms of anxiety. If you or your loved one struggles with the effects of anxiety or anxiety-related disorders, there are treatment options available to help you heal. Understanding Healthy vs.

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Coming to Terms with Trauma & Trauma Recovery

Trauma is personal, dynamic, and complex, not to mention the stigma that clouds the conversation. Over 70% of American adults struggle with trauma or will experience traumatic events in their lifetime. As a recovery center, we often find that trauma is left unresolved during the process of healing. At Sabino Recovery, we take an individualized and holistic approach.

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How Does Neurotherapy Work to Treat Addiction and Trauma?

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It is responsible for producing our thoughts, actions, and feelings. Our brain is responsible for how we take in and process the vast world around us. It is no surprise that mental illness occurs from dysfunction within the brain. Certain people experience abnormalities in different brain circuits that cause brain functioning issues overall.

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How to Support Someone Struggling With a Substance Use Disorder

Watching your loved one struggle with substance abuse and addiction can be distressing. It can be even more difficult when you are unfamiliar with the nature of addiction or have not experienced it yourself. Substance use disorder and addiction are chronic and persistent conditions, which means that without treatment, the consequences of these conditions will only worsen over time. No matter where your loved one is on their healing journey, it is essential that you know that your support in their treatment and recovery can make all the difference long-term. There are many suggestions that can help you strengthen your ability to care, support, and encourage your loved one to get the help they need from treatment. Becoming Educated About Substance Use Disorder Substance use disorder (SUD) is a condition where a person's recurrent use of substances (such as alcohol or other drugs) causes significant impairment to their quality of life.

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