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The Truth About Childhood Trauma and Addiction

It’s a familiar but frightening story: something terrible happens early on in your life, and before you know it, you find yourself doing increasingly awful things to your body. It’s the only way you know how to cope.

Sure, you know better than to drink to excess or to take that many pills. Of course you wish that you could stop. On the rational level, it’s easy to see the folly of substance abuse and addiction.

But what really caused this? What is the connection between trauma and addiction?

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Adverse Childhood Experiences FAQs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can lead to troublesome physical and mental health conditions later in life, including addiction. Get the FAQs.

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Do You Have Adverse Childhood Experiences? Take the Quiz


Find out if you have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with this short, 10-question quiz.  

For each time you answer yes, give yourself one point.

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How to Heal From Emotional Abuse (Video)

Have you ever felt terrified to tell the truth because you knew that your partner, friend, or parent would react very badly?

Have you felt smothered by your loved one’s controlling behaviors: jealous comments, constant monitoring, or manipulative stories?

Ever found yourself questioning your sanity around one particular person, alternating between waves of shame and feeling numb?

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Top 10 Truths: Trauma and Addiction

Trauma and addiction are linked. Many people suffering from substance abuse or even depression have some underlying trauma that has not been resolved.

This is a topic with a lot of myths and misconceptions swirling around, so we’re going to shed some light on the painful places.

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Facts About Childhood Trauma [Infographic]

Children thrive when parents raise them in a safe and nurturing environment. Unfortunately, far too many young people suffer through trauma during their formative years. Childhood trauma can often lead to substance abuse and addiction, and learning about the connection can be key to embracing change and gaining emotional stability.

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Is There a Myth about Childhood Trauma and Addiction? Q&A with Author Neil Steinberg

One of the most pervasive myths about mental and emotional trauma is that it is only “allowed” in the wake of major abuse or violence.

While physical and sexual abuse are certainly traumatic - and frighteningly common - they’re not the only requirements for trauma.

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Spiritual Awakening: An Interview with Jim Tolles

Today, we have the honor of speaking with author and spiritual teacher Jim Tolles, who helps people grow, heal, and embrace their spiritual paths and spiritual awakening.

Jim teaches that we all have our truth and love within us, and offers tools that help people cut away the lies and misconceptions so that they can be more firmly rooted in truth and love.

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3 Common Struggles for People with PTSD

Did you know that living with PTSD is something often discussed yet little understood? It might be used as a joke to describe a person’s reaction to seeing their grandma in a bikini. However, PTSD is not a joke, it is not lighthearted, and it is not funny.

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The Link Between Trauma and Addiction: Part 2 (Hidden Trauma)

What's the link between trauma and addiction? We’re trying to understand traumatic situations that happen in someone's life and how they may impact substance abuse or addiction. Trauma and addiction can be linked even when there is not an obvious (overt) case of trauma. This is Part 2 of our an interview with The Clearing co-founder, Joe Koelzer on the subject.

Read Part 1 here.

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