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An Active Approach to Recovering from Trauma | South Central MIRECC

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About An Active Approach to Recovering from Trauma: Breaking the Cycle of Safety Aids and Avoidance

This guide helps Veterans understand how trauma affects their lives. It will help them recover from any lasting reactions to trauma that are keeping them from living life to the fullest. They will learn to identify behaviors that are keeping them stuck in their recovery and learn a step-by-step method for changing them. This guide gives hope for recovery and the confidence to accomplish goals.

  • Learn about common reactions to trauma and specific ways it impacts life.
  • Understand how problematic avoidance behaviors (called “safety aids”) keep Veterans stuck in their recovery from trauma.
  • Discover what safety aids are being used to deal with distress and plan ways to learn how to live without them.
  • Review other resources that can assist recovery from trauma.
  • Published 2022

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Joseph W. Boffa, PhD, Amanda M. Raines, PhD, C. Laurel Franklin, PhD, and Jason T. Goodson, PhD

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Last updated: December 14, 2023