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TRAUMA RECOVERY BLOG ARTICLES

CHILD ENDANGERMENT/ABUSE

Childhelp®

24/7 Confidential Phone: 800.4.A.CHILD (800.422.4453)

*Interpreters for 170 languages

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

24/7 Anonymous, Confidential Hotline: 1-800-799-7233/1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

24/7 Anonymous, Confidential Online Chat: https://www.thehotline.org/

24/7 Anonymous, Confidential In Spanish: https://espanol.thehotline.org/

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

National Human Trafficking Hotline

24/7 Confidential Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

*200 languages

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

MEDICAL or IMMIDIATE DANGER EMERGENCY

24/7 Hour Telephone or Text:   911

Call taker will help with questions that include:

  • Location of the emergency
  • Your phone number
  • What the emergency is
  • Details about the emergency

RAPE

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

24/7 Confidential Phone: 800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673)

24/7 Confidential Online Chat: https://www.rainn.org/

RUNAWAY

Child Find of America

Phone: 800.I.AM.LOST (800.426.5678)

National Runaway Safeline

24/7 Confidential Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929

24/7 Confidential Online Chat:  https://www.1800runaway.org/#

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

24/7 Hotline: 800.THE.LOST (800.843.5678)

TTY: 800.826.7653

http://www.missingkids.com/

SEXUAL ABUSE/VIOLENCE

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

24/7 Confidential Phone: 800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673)

24/7 Confidential Online Chat: https://www.rainn.org/

SUICIDE

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

24/7 Hour Telephone:   1-800-273-8255 /TTY: 800.799.4TTY (800.799.4889)

24/7 Hour Online Chat:  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES

Groups out there doing the work of healing, supporting healing, and helping to stop trauma. Organization and community descriptions quoted directly from websites, December, 2019.

Alcoholics Anonymous

“Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.”  https://www.aa.org/

Cocaine Anonymous

“Cocaine Anonymous is a Fellowship of, by and for addicts seeking recovery.” https://ca.org/

Darkness to Light: End Child Abuse

“Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Our work is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, where children can grow up happy, healthy and safe. We know that prevention is possible, and we believe that it is an adult responsibility to protect children.” Phone: 866.FOR.LIGHT (866.367.5444) https://www.d2l.org/

Gamblers Anonymous

“GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.”  http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/

International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals

“Core Beliefs 

  • Sex Addiction is real, and recovery is possible
  • Addicts and their families deserve quality treatment by compassionate providers
  • Sex addiction does not discriminate.  It impacts people of all races, sexual orientation, nationalities, religions, creeds, ethnicities, gender expressions, ages, physical attributes, or mental abilities.
  • IITAP celebrates diversity, and our ethical guidelines promote non-discrimination by race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
  • IITAP does not condone the practice of Reparative Therapy.  Homosexuality is not pathological and is not a mental illness.
  • Sexual addiction is not defined by the type of sexual act or the gender of the sexual partner.”  https://www.sexhelp.com/about-iitap/

Marijuana Anonymous

“Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction…”https://marijuana-anonymous.org/

Male Survivor

 “Every man who has experienced sexual assault or abuse deserves access to a judgment-free space where he can heal on his own terms and without shame. For more than 20 years, MaleSurvivor has fostered a healing community where thousands of men from more than 190 countries come together to find support, information and — most importantly — hope.” https://malesurvivor.org/

Narcotics Anonymous

“Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership… We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations. Through all of our service efforts and our cooperation with others seeking to help addicts, we strive to reach a day when every addict in the world has an opportunity to experience our message of recovery in his or her own language and culture.” https://www.na.org/

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

“OUR MISSION is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.”  https://www.nctsn.org/

Nicotine Anonymous

“Nicotine Anonymous (“NicA”) is a non-profit 12-step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.”  https://siawso.org/

Sex Addicts Anonymous

“Our primary purpose is to stop our addictive sexual behavior and to help others recover from sexual addiction. Recovery was possible for most of us only when we accepted the fact that we were powerless over our addictive sexual behavior and that we were incapable of changing without help from outside ourselves. Many of us came to this realization when we started attending SAA meetings. In that setting we heard stories similar to ours and realized that recovery from our malady was possible. We learned through the SAA Fellowship that we were not hopelessly defective.” https://saa-recovery.org/

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

“We empower those who have survived childhood sexual abuse (who are not abusing any child), who want to become survivors and thrivers.” https://siawso.org/

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP Network)

“Dedicated to supported people “wounded by religious and institutional authorites (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others).” https://www.snapnetwork.org/

The Center for Victims of Torture

“The mission of the Center for Victims of Torture is to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to end torture worldwide.” https://www.cvt.org/

Zero Abuse Project

“Vision: A world where every child is free from abuse. Mission: To protect children from abuse and sexual assault, by engaging people and resources through a trauma-informed approach of education, research, advocacy, and advanced technology.” https://www.zeroabuseproject.org/about/mission-vision/

BOOKS

What to read in becoming trauma informed.

Clinical

Carnes, Stephanie. Lee, Mari. Rodriguez, Anthony. Facing Heartbreak: Steps for Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts. http://www.gentlepath.com/product.php?productid=84&cat=15&page=1

Fradkin, Howard. Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive. https://menhealing.org/HowardFradkin

Griffith, James L. (2010) Religion that Heals, Religion that Harms. New York City: The Guilford Press. https://www.guilford.com/books/Religion-That-Heals-Religion-That-Harms/James-Griffith/9781606238899

Herman, Judith. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/judith-l-herman/trauma-and-recovery/9780465061716/

Koplow, Lesley (Ed) Unsmiling Faces: How Preschool Can Heal. https://www.tcpress.com/unsmiling-faces-second-edition-9780807748039

Levine, Peter A. Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body. https://www.amazon.com/Peter-A.-Levine/e/B001JS4POY

Levine, Peter A. In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. https://www.amazon.com/Peter-A.-Levine/e/B001JS4POY

Levine, Peter A. Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. https://www.amazon.com/Peter-A.-Levine/e/B001JS4POY

Levine, Peter A. and Kline, Maggie. Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing. https://www.amazon.com/Peter-A.-Levine/e/B001JS4POY

Menakem, Resmaa. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Heart and Bodies. https://www.resmaa.com/books

Miller, Alice. For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence. https://www.alice-miller.com/en/for-your-own-good/

Osofsky, Joy D. (Ed) Children in a Violent Society. https://www.guilford.com/author/Joy-D-Osofsky

Porges, Stephen W. The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysilogical Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulations. https://www.stephenporges.com/

Rauch, Mikele. Healing the Soul after Religious Abuse: The Dark Heaven of Recovery. https://mikelerauch.com/the-book/

Singer, Ken. Evicting the Perpetrator: A Male Survivor’s Guide to Recovery from  Childhood Sexual Abuse. https://safersocietypress.org/store/evicting-the-perpetrator/

Terr, Lenore. Too Scared to Cry: How Trauma Affects Children…and Ultimately Us All. https://www.amazon.com/Too-Scared-Cry-Psychic-Childhood/dp/0465086446

Van der Kolk, Bessel. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. http://besselvanderkolk.net/index.html

Memoir

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. https://www.mayaangelou.com/books/

Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. http://alongwaygone.com/

Conley, Garrard. Boy Erased: A Memoir. http://garrardconley.com/boy-erased

Karr, Mary. The Liar’s Club: A Memoir. https://www.marykarr.com/books.html

McClintok, Karen. My Father’s Closet. http://karenmcclintockauthor.com/

Merritt, Carol Howard. Healing Spiritual Wounds. https://www.carolhowardmerritt.org/

Pelzer, Dave. A Child Called It. https://www.davepelzer.com/

Pastoral Care

Frykholm, Amy. See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity. http://www.beacon.org/cw_contributorinfo.aspx?ContribID=692&Name=Amy+Frykholm

Hunsinger, Deborah van Deusen. Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel, and Pastoral Care. https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/7103/bearing-the-unbearable.aspx

Kraus, Laurie, Holyan, David, and Wismer, Bruce. Recovering from Un-Natural Disasters: A Guide for Pastors and Congregations after Violence and Trauma. https://www.wjkbooks.com/Products/0664262155/recovering-from-unnatural-disasters.aspx

Larson, Duane and Zust, Jeff. (2017) Care for the Sorrowing Soul. Eugene: Cascade Books. https://www.amazon.com/Care-Sorrowing-Soul-Injuries-Implications/dp/1532617704

McClintock, Karen. Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations. http://karenmcclintockauthor.com/preventing-sexual-abuse-congregations/

Trauma Theology

Carr, David M. Holy Resilience. http://www.davidmcarr.com/info-about-and-reviews-of-holy-resilience-the-bibles-traumatic-origins-yale-university-press-fall-2014.html

Lange, Dirk G. (2010) Trauma Recalled: Liturgy, Disruption, and Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress.

https://www.amazon.com/Trauma-Recalled-Liturgy-Disruption-Theology/dp/0800664620

Jones, Serene. (2019) Trauma + Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World, 2nd Edition. Louisville: WJK. https://www.wjkbooks.com/Products/0664264778/trauma-and-grace-second-edition.aspx

Rambo, Shelley. Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma. https://www.baylorpress.com/9781481306799/resurrecting-wounds/

Rambo, Shelly. (2010) Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining. Louisville: WJK. https://www.wjkbooks.com/Products/0664235034/spirit-and-trauma.aspx

PODCASTS

Listen to trauma experts talk about how the body can heal after trauma. Discover the science behind our responses to our own traumas and the traumas of others. Hear theologians and religion scholars grapple with the complexity of trauma in relationship to God.

Healing Racial Trauma Through Body-Centered Psychology with Resmaa Menakem  Trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem’s interview with National Wellness Institute.

Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body Trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk talks with On Being’s Krista Tippitt.

Interviews with Dr. Peter A Levine. Trauma healing pioneer Peter A. Levine speaks on working through a personal traumatic experience, somatic experiences and PTSD, and the future of somatic experiencing with PyschAlive.

Serene Jones — On Grace Public theologian Serene Jones speaks with On Being’s  Krista Tippitt.

‘Why Religion?’ Asks How Hearts Heal After Tragedy Religion scholar Elaine Pagels speaks about her book, Why Religion with Fresh Air’s Teri Gross.