There are more than 3 million cases of child abuse that are reported in America each year. Child abuse is a very sensitive topic. It is difficult to discuss at times, but in order to address the issue, we must shine a light on it. We have to open up and start discussing this issue.
Victims of child abuse have many other issues as they grow up. Recent studies have asked the question, “is there a link between child abuse and addiction?” This is a very complicated issue with many different facets, but the short answer is yes. People with abuse in their backgrounds are more likely to develop substance abuse issues.
While studies are showing that there is a genetic component to addiction and that many times, addiction has an actual physical dependence on a substance, a person’s environment and background also plays a part in their drug and alcohol issues. In a recent study where 280 adults being treated for alcoholism were asked to fill out a Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, it was discovered that among those patients, childhood trauma was significantly more present.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered a link between cocaine dependence and childhood trauma a well. This study collected data from several different treatment centers across America that were being treated for cocaine dependency. The study showed that a huge percentage of these patients had been exposed to a traumatic event in their childhood.
In another, more general study, patients from many rehabilitation centers in the United States and Australia were questioned, and it was found that 84% said that they had a background that included child abuse and/or neglect. Furthermore, in another study, it was reported that 55-99% of women being treated for addiction reported physical or sexual abuse in their past.
It is clear that there is, in fact, a link between abuse and addiction. This is a larger societal problem, and as a society, we desperately need to address abuse and discuss strategies to eradicate it. However, on an individual level, if you have experienced abuse and you are suffering from addiction, it is critical that you visit a rehabilitation facility like The Recovery Village to get the help that you need.