Understanding Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Military sexual trauma (MST) is a reality for many individuals serving in the armed forces. According to national data from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), about one in three women and one in 50 men report experiencing MST, and it’s likely that there are also a significant number of individuals who experience MST …

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The Risks of Substance Use During Pregnancy: What Can Happen

The dangers associated with substance use during pregnancy cannot be overstated, and any woman who may feel vulnerable or susceptible to substance use during this time should be given adequate resources and treatment, with zero judgment. Both mother and child’s health remain top priority, and for that reason it’s good to be aware of potential …

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Advocacy in Recovery

We are coming into my favorite month of the year, September. My love for the month of September is not because of the change of weather, pumpkin spice coffee or the return of my children going back to school. I adore this month because it is a month dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and spotlighting recovery! …

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What Is Secondary Traumatic Stress?

When analyzing trauma on a complete, holistic level, and understanding how it can affect any particular person in a variety of ways, an often overlooked and undiscussed form is secondary traumatic stress.  Also known as vicarious trauma, second hand trauma, PTSD by proxy, and secondary PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STS) has been especially prevalent …

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