Some of the recent advances in addiction treatment have come from an increased awareness and understanding of trauma, trauma-related symptoms and how they impact the move into substance abuse and addiction. Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda have completed groundbreaking research about the consequences of childhood trauma in the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study). This study clearly illustrates the impacts of a wide variety of traumatic experiences are cumulative and lead to significant adverse outcomes, including health issues and substance abuse.(1)
The ACE Study demonstrates that substance abuse, as well as other compulsive behaviours, can become a way of managing the overwhelming experiences of childhood trauma and adverse experiences.
Mood-altering often begins as a way of coping with symptoms related to trauma. It can be a way to stop intrusive memories, self-soothe, manage anxiety, shame, or anger as well as offering ways to numb or dissociate.Read More