TRAUMA AND ADDICTION.

 · 6 min read Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash The Greek origin of the word Trauma means ‘wound.’ A wound can be an open, sore wound that is painful and exposed, or it can be an old wound that is covered over by layers of hard skin. Traumatic events leave both open and old wounds. Often we do not … Continue reading TRAUMA AND ADDICTION.

The Adverse Childhood Experience Study – and how it impacts how we think about trauma.

Photo by Luis Galvez on Unsplash The groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experience study was a major study of more than 17,000 people to find out if there is a correlation between traumatic events in childhood and adult health. ACE’s are events during childhood that happened either to you or to a parent. Traumatic events include: sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional … Continue reading The Adverse Childhood Experience Study – and how it impacts how we think about trauma.

How our Early Attachments and experiences may influence our addiction.

And how we try to escape the wounds from childhood. Sam ColemanMar 3 · 4 min read Photo by Larm Rmah on Unsplash When we are born we develop an attachment to a caregiver. It is our biological need to seek security and care as well as a protective factor. John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth were the pioneers of … Continue reading How our Early Attachments and experiences may influence our addiction.

The Trauma behind the addiction.

It’s time to drop the stigma and view addiction through a compassionate lens. Sam ColemanFeb 13 · 5 min read Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash “Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe that they can be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours.” Gabor Maté In the Realm of Hungry … Continue reading The Trauma behind the addiction.