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Author: Mark McMillan, LMSW, CAADC
Warning: this column may contain content that can be triggering for some readers.
In the past year, male and female clients came to me wanting to face their past childhood sexual abuse. While my primary focus as a clinician is to help clients with substance abuse, statistics prove that a history of child sexual trauma directly correlates with the misuse of alcohol or other drugs. And if this person identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, this correlation increases dramatically.
“When you forbid a partner from doing something, you invite them to keep a secret.” - Ellyn Bader
Most of us probably feel our relationship will last forever; you love each other deeply and believe your love will sustain the challenges and obstacles you may face along your life’s journey together. But, eventually, if you don’t know how to navigate the many roadblocks you will encounter as a couple, you may crash and burn. Knowing how to steer away from those danger zones will help sustain your relationship and keep it growing and thriving.
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