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Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) 101 – A Guide

July 20, 2020

Acute stress disorder (ASD), also called acute stress reaction or shock, is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and responds to traumatic stressors. It arises in response to the experience or witnessing of a painful, terrifying, or emotionally stressful event which could involve the threat of death, actual death, injury or violence. It is estimated that up to 20% of people exposed to traumatic events can develop ASD and up to half of those can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later.

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How are Sexual Abuse, PTSD and Addiction Related?

October 22, 2015

Around 18 percent of all women in the United States have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which also points out that 81 percent of rape victims report significant short-term and long-term impacts after an assault. According to the National Institute of Health, between 55 and 99 percent of all women who seek treatment for substance abuse or addiction have been sexually abused, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that women who experienced any type of sexual abuse as a child are around three times more likely than unabused women to…

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Overcoming a Past of Trauma and Abuse

January 2, 2015

Trauma and abuse can have widespread negative impacts on your health, wellbeing and sobriety. In addition to working on your recovery at women’s drug rehab, you will work on overcoming any past trauma or abuse. Any such unresolved issues can lead to a number of difficulties including the hindrance of your recovery process. The Effects of Trauma and Abuse Many clients of women’s drug rehab have undergone some form of trauma and abuse in their lifetimes. Trauma and abuse that have even occurred decades prior can still leave a significant mark on the way you lead your life today. This…

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Overcoming the Trauma of Sexual Abuse

October 19, 2012

Sexual abuse and the trauma it can cause may leave a woman feeling out of control, angry, frustrated, depressed, or anxious about the future.  Unfortunately, sexual abuse is alarmingly common; more than 200,000 cases are reported each year in the United States, with the majority of incidents going unreported out of fear, shame, or guilt.  It is normal for a victim to feel angry, frightened, or guilty after sexual abuse, and the psychological impact of abuse can linger for days, weeks, months, and even years, preventing a woman from recovering and achieving success in her life.  Treatment for trauma caused…

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness month is celebrated every October.  Each year since 1981, the national campaign to increase awareness and decrease domestic violence has grown in proportion.  This year activities and events will be held around the country. Intimate partner violence and domestic violence are sometimes called the silent epidemic.  Many instances and cases of domestic violence go unreported, even in hospitals and medical settings.  While increased education and awareness among medical professionals have helped many victims seek help, there are still many more who do not have the strength to speak out. The Center for Disease Control and the National…

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The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse

April 9, 2012

Sexual abuse is defined by the American Psychological Association as unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. The month of April, 2012 has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we here at Destination Hope: The Women’s Program felt this was a perfect time to bring this issue out of the dark and into the forefront of relevant conversation where it belongs. Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than many in our society realize, and unfortunately that’s in large part thanks to the social stigma that often…

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Sexual Abuse and Substance Abuse

January 17, 2012

Sexual abuse and drugs and alcohol have a very complicated, intertwined relationship. They have much in common in the sense that sexual violence and addiction can happen to anybody and cross all racial, socioeconomic and cultural boundaries. Substance abuse and sexual assault also carry what most would agree is an unjust social stigma placed on those who experience either. In many instances, being a victim of a sexual assault can be a causal effect of an individual’s downward spiral into drug addiction and alcoholism. At the same time, substance abuse can be part of a group of behaviors that makes…

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