Inspired by the tremendous interest generated for our BEAT THE STREET series, Women, Trauma & Recovery addresses an issue of special relevance to urban recovering women: trauma. A high percentage of urban female addicts have experienced severe trauma either in childhood, in addiction, or (typically) in both.
Research shows that as a result, a significant number of these women suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of PTSD (high levels of anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, reliving traumatic events, etc.) can become more pronounced in recovery when drug use is not "medicating" them. Women who are unprepared with coping tools can easily slide into relapse.
WOMEN, TRAUMA & RECOVERY presents the poignant testimony of six recovering women with PTSD. All of them suffered unspeakable trauma, yet are remaining clean today, because they are aware of and are addressing these issues. Together with relevant expert testimony, these women provide useful strategies for avoiding relapse, as well as the inspiration and hope many viewers need.