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Can Adoption Trauma Lead to Addiction?


If you are an adoptee or adoptive parent you may be familiar with the term "adoption trauma." We deal with all forms of trauma as underlying causes of addiction at The Clearing, and what we know is that what is traumatic for one individual, isn’t for another. It’s all about how each person holds an event in our memory and consciousness.

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Where Do Limiting Beliefs Come From? (Video)


If you’ve been carrying around a lot limiting beliefs since childhood, does that mean that you’re doomed to stay stuck?

What are limiting beliefs anyway, and where do they come from? 

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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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It's Not the Drugs: Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Holding You Back? (Video)

Are drugs really the issue when it comes to addiction, or does the root cause go much deeper?

If you’re struggling with addiction, is there a need to take a look at your childhood experiences, and how they might contribute to your substance abuse in adulthood?

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Addiction and Personal Responsibility: What You Need to Know


Do you need to hang your head in shame because of the choices you made in the past, when you were in mental and emotional pain and didn’t know any other way?

Does being completely responsible for your experiences mean that every bad thing that happened to you is your fault?

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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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What Do Cookies and Meth Have in Common? The Neuroscience of Addiction

“My drug of choice is food. I use food for the same reasons an addict uses drugs: to comfort, to soothe, to ease stress.”

So said Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah’s candid words highlight the link between food and drug abuse, capturing the addictive struggle that millions of Americans face daily.

Thanks to decades of research, we have a stronger understanding of the neuroscience of addiction.

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Tough Love and Addiction: Why It Doesn't Work - Maia Szalavitz

“I was, in general, terrified of other people; I used drugs for emotional protection and social comfort.”

So writes Maia Szalavitz in her book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, which interweaves her personal addiction account with science and research supporting the idea of addiction as a learning disorder, and why tough love doesn't work with drug addicts.

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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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The Trauma Definition and How It Relates to Addiction

The connection between trauma and the potential for developing addictions in your lifetime is greater than experts previously believed. But understanding what this means can be difficult for individuals. In fact, it’s even difficult for experts. However, the majority of authorities in the behavioral health field agree on a workable trauma definition.

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