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Understanding and Coping with PTSD Nightmares

Addiction and PTSD often go hand in hand. This is probably unsurprising for anyone who has grappled with substance use or the pain that comes with it. Many of us feel haunted by the past—even during our sleeping hours. While PTSD nightmares may seem like...
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Introducing Trauma-Informed Treatment: What it is and Why it matters

If trauma suddenly seems like a hot topic in the recovery world, rightly so. In recent years, everyone from behavioral health experts to recovering addicts seems to have caught on: trauma matters and trauma-informed treatment can help. Not only does a history of traumatic experience...
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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

In the US, nearly 1 in 5 adults live with mental illness, and according to researchers, almost two-thirds of those affected never seek help. This May, we are honoring national Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those experiencing anxiety,...
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What is EMDR and Can it Help You?

People with PTSD often have a hard time making sense of what happened to them after a traumatic event. It’s believed that past traumatic experiences continue to cause problems in our lives when the memory of that experience is not processed properly. EMDR is a...
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How Somatic Experiencing can Help You

Many people on the road to recovery have discovered that taking a deeper dive into the underlying drivers of their addiction is core for contented, long-term sobriety. While many 12-step groups offer great foundations for addressing these issues, many have found that therapy and complementary...
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EMDR: How, Where, and When to Try it

EMDR, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a powerful treatment modality often used with people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related distress. Research indicates that trauma and addiction often go hand in hand, making EMDR a natural addition...
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Unlocking EMDR Therapy: Your Comprehensive Guide

Here at Scottsdale Providence, we believe in offering our clients the best range of evidence-based, research-backed treatment modalities to help them find lasting recovery from substance abuse, mental health and behavioral issues, and trauma. EMDR therapy is one such modality our team is passionate about....
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Who is Neurofeedback best suited for?

Curious about what neurofeedback can do? From 4 to 80, no matter your age or situation; this powerful tool can make an impact. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a type of biofeedback. During this therapeutic intervention, non-invasive sensors are attached to your scalp,...
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What Are The Benefits of Neurofeedback?

What are the Benefits of Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention. So there is a number of benefits of neurofeedback. It uses technology to help train the brain to function more optimally and help people become more adaptive, resilient, and efficient. Patients report improvements...
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What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention used to treat conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, sleep problems, PTSD, stroke, concussion, and other neurological issues. By training the brain to achieve more balanced activity, it can contribute to improved emotional regulation and behavior. What is Neurofeedback? Neurofeedback therapy,...
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How Does Somatic Experiencing Work?

Most people who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction have a long history of attachment or developmental trauma. Treating this directly provides the best chance for a patient to thrive beyond treatment. Somatic Experiencing® helps people move beyond a fight, flight, or freeze response to...
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What are the Benefits of Somatic Experiencing?

The Somatic Experiencing® method is a form of therapy that seeks to relieve the symptoms of trauma and other stress disorders through a body-oriented approach. This modality seeks to re-set the nervous system and address traumatic shock, essential to recovering from previous trauma. Somatic Experiencing...
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Treatment Modalities: What is Somatic Experiencing?

What is Somatic Experiencing? In short, Somatic Experiencing® is a powerful type of trauma resolution therapy that heals the mind-body connection. Psychology Today defines trauma as “anything that is too much, too soon, or too fast for our nervous system to handle, especially if we...
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The Role of Trauma in Addiction Treatment

What does trauma have to do with addiction treatment or substance abuse? Consider this—incredibly, 75% of people receiving treatment for addiction report a history of trauma. The risk for substance abuse rises by as much as four times for people who experienced trauma early in...
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Seasonal Depression is Real: Four Ways to Deal

As the fall months roll in, our bodies recognize it. The days get shorter, the weather gets cooler, seasonal depression kicks in and the whole world seems to take on a “back to work” feel. Maybe this has to do with back to school schedules,...
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Choosing the Right Treatment Center: 10 Things to Ask

Long-lasting recovery from compulsive and self-defeating behaviors is possible, and seeking treatment is a perfect place to start. Although, admittedly, choosing a treatment center can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect. Here we offer some guidance you can trust to help you find your way...
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Finding Peace with Neurofeedback Therapy

By Megan Krause Neurofeedback Therapy Believe it or not, your brain really does want to be healthy. It might not always seem like that, we know. Sometimes it seems like our brain is attacking us from a million different angles. We’ve been there, too. Our...
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The Healing Power of EMDR

By Megan Krause Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that helps people heal from their past traumatic experiences. Experts believe that past traumatic experiences can continue to cause problems in our lives if we haven’t properly processed the memory of...
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DBT: Healing Through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Darcy Van Dyke felt broken before finding DBT. After years—decades—battling substance abuse and bipolar disorders, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to hang in there with life any longer. Her relationships were in shambles. Her life was a mess. She didn’t get it. Other people...
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How CBT Changed Cherie’s Life

Cherie McMahon had always been a nervous kid. Her anxiety increased in her 20s, compounded by bouts of depression and obsessive-compulsive behavior. She was plagued by stress and self-doubt. She had insomnia. Her relationships began to suffer. Last summer, the 34-year-old Phoenix native finally had...
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Hope is Alive in Hopelessness

The dawn of sobriety in our lives is not always straight trajectory to joy from hopelessness. Rarely, if ever, do we overcome the grips of our alcoholism unscarred or lacking severe pain. The veil is ripped away; we lay bare with our fear and depression,...