4 thoughts on “Addiction and Trauma: An Essential Link

  • September 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    My ACE score was 8 and resilience 2 maybe 3. Taking the Kaiser test was the first time that I was able to finally come out of denial and come to terms with the abuse that happened to me. Tracing my mental and emotional pain back to the first time I felt that way, as you said, has helped me to understand how everyday events, smells, tones of voices, footsteps etc. can trigger emotional pain and visual flashbacks. And knowing that trying to put out the pain with alcohol is a normal response for those of us who are surviving from childhood trauma experiences. I am getting help and 3 years now into recovery and healing. Thank you for your (no-judgements for us survivors) article.

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    • September 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      hazelnut, I hear you; the ACE test is a really powerful wake-up call for many of us. I’m sorry for the pain you experienced; you describe it well. Glad to hear that you liked the article and especially that you’re in recovery; that’s awesome. My hat is off to you.

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  • September 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

    “Before you pass judgment on one who is self-destructing, it’s important to remember they usually aren’t trying to destroy themselves. They’re trying to destroy something inside [ THEY CAN’T IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH ] ”

    We want to destroy what we don’t recognize ourselves with!!

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    • September 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Good point, K! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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