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Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 24, 2017

 

Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both
It is widely understood that trauma and addiction have a close relationship, but what are the deeper inner workings?  How can one identify past trauma and addictive tendencies that have developed as a result? Lisa Najavits, Director of Treatment Innovations, LLC and former NCRG Scientific Advisory Board member has carefully drawn out the links between trauma and addiction, and self-help strategies tailored to each individual reader in her latest book, Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both…Strategies for Finding Your Best Self.  Dr. Najavits is also the author of a bestselling book Seeking Safety, which was published in 2002 as a treatment manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse.
Dr. Najavits’s book Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both takes things a step further than her previous book by offering a framework for recovery aimed at the suffering individual themselves, while also allowing professionals a supplemental source for therapy. This book aims to assist one in finding their “best self” and offers strategies for identifying past traumas and triggers, for any stage of healing.  She offers tips for those just starting to address trauma or addiction, all the way to those that have healed and are looking for way to be there for others going through time times.  Dr. Najavits includes personal stories from others in many sections, giving you a relatable and real perspective of someone else that has suffered. 
This book is a unique variation of educational content on subjects, such as safe coping skills, body and biology, and the language of trauma and addiction.  It also offers a hands-on approach with self-help exercises, such as the safe behavior scale, questions to ask yourself, and quantitative portrayals of compassion.  Although not intended as a substitute for health care professionals, this book offers the reader a guide towards achieving one’s best self and gives a beacon of hope for recovery.
Najavits, L. M. (2017). Recovery from trauma, addiction, or both: strategies for finding your best self. New York: Guilford Press.

It is widely understood that trauma and addiction have a close relationship, but what are the deeper inner workings?  How can one identify past trauma and addictive tendencies that have developed as a result? Lisa Najavits, Director of Treatment Innovations, LLC and former NCRG Scientific Advisory Board member has carefully drawn out the links between trauma and addiction, and self-help strategies tailored to each individual reader in her latest book, Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both…Strategies for Finding Your Best Self.  Dr. Najavits is also the author of a bestselling book Seeking Safety, which was published in 2002 as a treatment manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse.

Dr. Najavits’s book Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both takes things a step further than her previous book by offering a framework for recovery aimed at the suffering individual themselves, while also allowing professionals a supplemental source for therapy. This book aims to assist one in finding their “best self” and offers strategies for identifying past traumas and triggers, for any stage of healing.  She offers tips for those just starting to address trauma or addiction, all the way to those that have healed and are looking for way to be there for others going through time times.  Dr. Najavits includes personal stories from others in many sections, giving you a relatable and real perspective of someone else that has suffered.

This book is a unique variety of educational content on subjects such as safe coping skills, body and biology, and the language of trauma and addiction.  It also offers a hands-on approach with self-help exercises, such as the safe behavior scale, questions to ask yourself, and quantitative portrayals of compassion.  Although not intended as a substitute for health care professionals, this book offers the reader a guide towards achieving one’s best self and gives a beacon of hope for recovery.

Najavits, L. M. (2017). Recovery from trauma, addiction, or both: strategies for finding your best self. New York: Guilford Press.

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