The Connection Between Trauma And Addiction

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Childhood trauma increases the risk of addiction in adulthood, but why?

By Amanda L. Giordano Ph.D. , LPC

Original Source: psychologytoday.com

Numerous research studies confirm the link between traumatic experiences in childhood and addictive behaviors in adulthood. One of the most notable is the original study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by Felitti and colleagues (1998). ACEs included traumatic experiences within the first 18 years of life such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect, loss of a parent, witnessing intimate partner violence, and living with a family member with a mental illness. The researchers found that as the number of ACEs increased, the risk of…click here to continue reading

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