Invisible Illness
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Invisible Illness

How to Love Yourself After Trauma and Addiction

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Ru Paul, the celebrated female impersonator, said it best, “if you don’t love yourself, how are you going to love someone else?” Much of my adult life has been spent working through the trauma and pain that I encountered as a child. Much of that pain is derived from events that are so painful I cannot even repeat details about them. To verbalize it means that it is true and that it actually happened…




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Aaron Matthew Laxton, LCSW

Aaron Matthew Laxton, LCSW

I am a psychotherapist who writes about mental health, addiction, recovery and the impact of substance use from personal experience. Views are my own.

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