“Your Strength to Heal: Healing from Trauma, PTSD and Addiction”
Your Strength to Heal; Healing from Trauma, PTSD and Addiction is the first book of its kind to offer stories of inspiration and recovery to survivors of severe trauma including physical, sexual, emotional and ritual abuse, as well as healing tools to aid in the survivors’ recovery process. It also contains stories from clinicians’ and counselors’ journeys working with these survivors. Caregivers and partners give their stories of living with and helping a survivor heal from trauma.
This book is based on the author’s many years of healing from sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual and extreme abuse. The goal of this book is to provide hope, inspiration and encouragement to the survivor community, to explain and help facilitate the process of healing, and to assist clinicians in gaining a better understanding of the therapeutic tools used in working with ritual abuse survivors.
- Dedication and Gratitude
- Table of Contents
- Foreword (open)
- Preface from Author
- Introduction: “Where Was God?” by Lynette S. Danylchuk, Ph.D.
- Part One: About Trauma, Extreme Abuse, Mind Control and Torture
- Part Two: Stories of Survivors
- Part Three: Stories of Family and Friends
- Part Four: Therapists, Clinicians and Spiritual Advisors Share Their Insights
- Part Five: Therapies and Healing Tools
- Part Six: Conclusion
- Part Seven: Glossary of Terms
- Part Eight: Resource Guide for Survivors, Caregivers, Partners and Clinicians
Excerpt from book
Learning to Trust Oneself
Because survivors are taught from an early age not to trust themselves or others, learning to be present, listen to their bodies and trust themselves are crucial tools for healing. It then follows that by trusting oneself and one’s judgment, the survivor can learn to trust others.
Letting go of Addictions
Addiction to alcohol and/or drugs is now recognized as a frequent outcome of a traumatic experience or experiences. Sexual trauma is an important activator of addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.
Fortuitously, AA offers a unique environment for healing from both addictive disease and trauma. AA’s Twelve Step program recognizes that recovery is behavioral (physical, mental, and emotional) as well as spiritual. The same recovery principles apply to trauma. People in Twelve Step recovery learn they are no longer victims, that they have choices and the capacity for mature responsibility. They discover the relief of being able to share their experiences and thus draw strength and hope from others. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, they find a healthy spiritual path that will sustain and strengthen them. It is especially important that a deeply-embedded experience of an evil, punishing, all-powerful God be replaced in time with a personal Higher Power of love, justice, and compassion.
Healing Tools for Co-Occurring Disorders
- Find information and support about co-occurring disorders and how it impacts one’s recovery process.
- Build a satisfying and meaningful life without drugs or alcohol. This requires time, support and courage.
- Find a therapist who is skilled in mental health, substance abuse treatment and trauma, and a therapist who has done her own inner work.
- Recognize that trauma plays an important role in addictions, PTSD and mental illness. With the help of a supportive therapist, start working on childhood trauma issues.
- Access additional support from 12 step recovery programs, peers and/or a healthy family.
- Find meaningful activities, aside from one’s job responsibilities. Learn to enjoy life!
- Finally, understand that you are responsible for your own recovery – no one else can do it for you.