Addiction Doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs…adverse childhood experiences

Note: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily align with those of the Open Discussion Movement.  It’s purpose is simply to provide additional dialogue.

This article was written by By Jane Ellen Stevens for It shares the opinion of Dr. Daniel Sumrok, director of the Center for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. In Dr. Sumrok opinion, “Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”. He believes addiction develops as the result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in particular, how ten types of childhood trauma affect long-term health. The trauma examined include: physical, emotional and sexual abuse; physical and emotional neglect; living with a family member who is  addicted, depressed, or has other mental illnesses; experiencing parental separation; having a family member who’s incarcerated, and witnessing a mother’s abuse. Although his premise seems to downplay the role of genetics in addiction it provides interesting insight in the environmental factors of the disease. What do you think?

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs… adverse childhood experiences

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