Dissociation & Naltrexone

Crystal Arber:

Naltrexone and Dissociation.

What is Naltrexone and how can it help me?  For some who may be struggling with complex PTSD symptoms and  acute dissociative symptoms ( DDNOS DID),  naltrexone prescribed in  low doses can be beneficial for processing traumatic events.  Research has been able to show good results with low dose Naltrexone taken daily or one hour before  reprocessing traumatic memories.

Bilateral stimulation used in EMDR  permits a person to process traumatic events,directing  the brain  to quite miraculously  organize the parts of the traumatic event, reprocess these parts, and ultimately resolve the event so that the brain and nervous system no longer become activated when cued in the present, (a trigger in the present that reminds a person of a past traumatic event).

Since every individual is different and all medications have side effects, it is important to work with a psychiatrist who specializes in treating PTSD. Naltrexone will not be the…

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Regulating the nervous system through heartmath~ a game changer

Heartmath is an incredible website that has contributed wonderful tools to help folks with complex PTSD and other health problems support a homeostasis within the their nervous system. Not only that, heartmath has now made products that are user-friendly, enhancing a person’s sense of autonomy  with being able to regulate anytime anywhere.  This handy iPad iPod device called Inner Balance allows one to carry it with you continuing these exercises wherever you are.

Our brain can  create neuro networks both positive and negative with the habits that we form in our day-to-day experiences. We also know, that  neuro – plasticity ( the ability for the brain to grow and change) responds to positive habits creating new pathways in the brain,  so that eventually, repeating a positive behavior becomes a way of being.

See Inner Balance Button on right side of the page.

Happy heart coherence. I intend to report back on my progress with my own regulation progress.

Crystal Arber   CC 2016

keep going…….. through the cave, the abyss, the belly of the whale..


The Hero’s Journey explained

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Joseph Campbell

Stumbling through the forest on a dark night, one hears rustling in the leaves, wind blowing, an owl howling. Should I go on? Should I move forward or turn around and run out?

In the hero’s journey, the hero on his path to enlightenment, always finds herself either in the belly of the whale, the inner cave, or the abyss. In this place a person can feel alone, fearful, weak, and powerless. However, if the hero chooses to keep going, there is most definitely a treasure, award, or tool that will take one out of the abyss, forest, belly of the whale. Counselling can sometimes feel like this. One enters the cave to face the scary monsters that a person has spent most of their life running from.

The monsters within ( the trauma’s of our past) seem insurmountable until we make a decision to keep going through the abyss or inner cave. Sometimes counselling can feel like  – its too much, ” I can’t do it.” The decision to commit to counselling, group, or any other way of life that will release that monster, or monster’s leads to your treasure.

The treasure can be a tool, an awareness that re-frames your understanding of yourself, or the view of the world. It can be a sense of freedom, or wholeness that perhaps you never had before you began your journey.

Remember when things seem like they are falling apart you are exactly where you are supposed to be in order to gain your treasure. If you don’t believe me just watch Finding Joe ( a documentary that explains The Hero’s Journey). Remember that if you keep going ,  the way out of that cave will present itself.

Crystal Arber  CC 2016