Addictions and Trauma Recovery: Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Addictions and Trauma Recovery: Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit

by Laurie Guidry, Dusty Miller


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Dusty Miller's treatment model for addiction and self-injury, outlined in the best-selling Women Who Hurt Themselves, has been expanded in this new work to include the physical and spiritual impact of trauma.

The Addictions and Trauma Recovery Integration Model (ATRIUM) presented here provides a blend of psychoeducation, process, and expressive activities, all of which are structured to address key issues linked to the experience of both trauma and addiction. The mind-body-spirit approach offers interventions to address these three dimensions of recovery in an integrated program of healing and empowerment.

This how-to manual introduces new ways of thinking about self-care, self-soothing, and self-expression. It provides a practical and empathic approach to the dysregulated mind-body experience of people with addictions who struggle with the impact of trauma. The recovery model described here may be used in conjunction with 12-step or other addiction treatment programs, as a supplement to trauma-focused psychotherapy, or as an independent model for healing. Each treatment component includes clearly articulated, illustrated explanations and interventions to be used collaboratively by professionals and consumers in groups or individual treatment. Handouts allow consumers to work on coping skills between sessions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393703689
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Professional Book Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laurie Guidry, also a clinical psychologist, writer, and consultant in Massachusetts, has worked extensively in the area of trauma and addictions recovery. Dr. Guidry has lectured on the impact of trauma on the mind and body, and is a specialist in issues related to sexual victimization and perpetration.

Dusty Miller, author of the popular trauma and addictions book Women Who Hurt Themselves, is a clinical psychologist, writer, and consultant. Dr. Miller is in recovery and is a survivor of childhood trauma and the mental health system.

Table of Contents

Part IIntroduction to the ATRIUM Model
The Atrium Model3
Part IIThe Outer Circle
Session 1First Steps to Creating Safety: Outside and In47
Session 2Understanding Trauma Reenactment57
Session 3Addictions and Trauma Reenactment: Finding Another Way67
Part IIIThe Middle Circle
Session 4Finding Emotional Expression and Balance77
Session 5Managing Dysregulated Anger: Whose Anger Is It Anyway?87
Session 6Cultivating Courage: Moving beyond Anxiety and Fear97
Session 7The Body Remembers What the Spirit Seeks to Forget107
Session 8Your Body Is a Gift115
Session 9Touch and Intimacy125
Part IVThe Inner Circle
Session 10From Reenactment to Reconnection137
Session 11Environmental Healing: Spirit in Community147
Session 12The Journey toward Hope155
Conclusion: After the Group Ends161

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