FREEDOM BLOG

May 12, 2020

Worldwide domestic violence reports have risen sharply amid the global pandemic and the lockdowns it has caused, and that’s just the reported cases. Roughly half of domestic abuse cases are never reported. Domestic violence stems from the desire for power and control,...

March 1, 2019

One of the most pervasive and hardest hurdles for trauma survivors to climb over during the healing process is the damage done to the concept of self. Trauma changes how we view ourselves. In fact, trauma commonly makes it difficult to even recognize ourselves in the m...

February 14, 2019

When trauma has occurred in the context of a relationship, relationships themselves can become a trigger. For that reason, it can be hard to date in the aftermath of a bad relationship. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to date, but it can be hard to get to the point whe...

There are roughly 46 million people being trafficked to date, and that estimation continues to grow as more and more organizations focus on ending the issue of modern-day slavery. Trafficking is all around us, and though many of us like to think that it doesn’t happen...

October 12, 2018

Relationships, for most of us, are never simple. Perhaps when we were young things seemed straightforward. It was hard to understand why someone would stay with someone they don’t like being around when we were young, but as we grow older we feel the layers of dynamics...

August 23, 2018

Planning your first post-rehab vacation? Traveling is a good way to fend off triggers, like stress and anxiety, but avoiding alcohol on trips can be a bit tricky. Keep these sober vacation tips on
hand to keep your next vacation free of stress, worries and, of course,...

July 22, 2018

So, while we’ve given a good amount of solid advice for how to respond when your friend says they’ve been abused, we haven’t really expanded on it or why it matters much. So, here we are, and I want to preface this by saying that if it leaves you feeling in any way cal...

June 24, 2018

It’s tempting to think about your recovery just in terms of your sobriety, and while abstinence is, of course, an important benchmark of your progress, it’s not the only one. Substance abuse can take a large toll on your life in many ways --

physically, mentally, socia...

May 12, 2018

Abusers in LGBTQ+ relationships, believe it or not, use the same tactics as violent partners in heterosexual relationships, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, and isolation. However, research has shown that LGBTQ+ abusers also reinforce t...

March 17, 2018

 The Benefits of Art & Music Therapy

Both art and music therapy are used as supplemental treatments to help reduce stress and anxiety while helping promote a positive mood as well as peace, relaxation, and comfort. Expressive arts therapies are individualized for the pa...

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