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Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Woman's Guide to Coping with Childhood Abuse Issues
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Now that you're in treatment for substance abuse you may begin to have many different feelings. At times, these feelings may be painful, and you may have a hard time understanding or coping with then you may feel: fearful, helpless, guilty, ashamed, anxious depressed, angry, bad about yourself, as if you can't connect with family and friends, as if you are crazy, numbness or nothing at all, as if you want to die. Some of these feelings are common for any woman who starts treatment for substance abuse, but the same feelings may be stronger for many women who were based in childhood. The pain may be so great that a woman many fo anything to cope with her feelings, including using drugs or alcohol. Some women in treatment for substance abuse don't clearly remember being abuse,but they have some of the feelings mentioned here. Some women may have pushed the memories of the abuse so far away that they may not be able to explain why they feel intense anger, fear a particular person, have nightmares, or always believe something bad is about to happen. Sometimes, after people stop drinking or using drugs and are in treatment, memories may surface that were to painful to remember before or that were blocked from memory by drugs and alcohol. (SAMHSA)
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