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The Disease Model: How Addiction is Defined in America

In 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) released a new definition of addiction: "Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and…

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Secondary Trauma and its Effects on Clinicians

Trauma-informed care policies often only focus on the clients, but also need to take service providers into account. Secondary trauma is emotional duress that results when a counselor hears about firsthand trauma experiences of their patients. Symptoms of secondary trauma…

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How to Become More “Trauma-Informed”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes trauma as resulting “…from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the…

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