In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Chris Dorval, a consultant for Griffin Recovery Enterprises. Chris joins me to share his story of how the cumulative effects of trauma led him to addiction and how he's been able to overcome that to live a life he never thought possible.
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Chris experienced a series of traumatic experiences growing up. His first experience with trauma was pre-memory. One of the most significant experiences for Chris was when his parents divorced when he was 12 and he was caught in the middle of it. Also, he found out he was adopted when he was an early teen.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Chris turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with shame, guilt and fear.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
It started with rehab and some male counselors who were supportive of him. He then had one therapist in particular who really helped Chris make changes in his life. Also, he had the support of his parents.
What Chris does today:
Chris is a program manager and clinical supervisor at Clinical Services of Rhode Island along with being a consultant for Griffin Recovery Enterprises.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Chris's Answer: Just keep going.
MensTrauma.org - The Males, Addiction, and Trauma International Consortium
Facebook - Chris's Facebook profile
Twitter - Chris's Twitter
Instagram - Chris's Instagram profile
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