After I heard Russell Brand say that what compels addicts is the “hole in me,” I wrote Feb. 14 that this means: “parts of my brain are dark.” And it’s so painful, we just medicate. Ten % of us use hard drugs and alcohol. Another 40% abuse tobacco, food, gambling, internet porn, sex, sports and more.
All these, abused, cause premature death. Huge numbers of us are in pain so bad, we’d rather die than live with it.
In response, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti with great patience sent me his 2003 article, “The Origins of Addiction: Evidence from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.” It reported these facts 10+ years ago in hard statistics — and more.
Until we treat the underlying ACE trauma, Dr. Felitti says, nothing will change and a high percent of people will continue to die early. These abuses create the top ten causes of death in the U.S.
This week I’m writing to send you Dr. Felitti’s article and make it your Friday read. [ FN1] Click here for the English pdf.
Dr. Felitti also sent this fascinating photo, a full page ad in a 1943 American medical journal for the successful new antidepressant of that day, Methamphetamine. “Does it mean anything that in impure form and unknown dose the same chemical is sold as the street drug known as crystal meth?” he wrote. “Like maybe, ‘My kid is buying antidepressants on the street’ ? ”
If anyone says Dr. Felitti “wants to hand out drugs,” I’d love to see them in libel court. Nope, his message is short and sweet.
Unless we treat ACE trauma, traumatized people will find something, anything, somehow, to numb the horrific emotional pain of ACE trauma. They’d rather be dead than live with it un-numbed. And what they find will kill most of them prematurely. Period.
“Our findings… imply that the basic causes of addiction lie within us and the way we treat each other, not in drug dealers or dangerous chemicals,” Dr. Felitti states. “They suggest that billions of dollars have been spent everywhere except where the answer is to be found…
“Because cause and effect usually lie within a family, it is understandably more comforting to demonize a chemical than to look within,” he concludes.
Kathy’s news blogs expand on her book “DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: The Silent Epidemic of Attachment Disorder—How I accidentally regressed myself back to infancy and healed it all.” Watch for the continuing series each Friday, as she explores her journey of recovery by learning the hard way about Attachment Disorder in adults, adult Attachment Theory, and the Adult Attachment Interview.
FN1 Felitti, Vincent J. , MD, “The Origins of Addiction: Evidence from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study,”
English version of the article published in Germany as:
Felitti VJ, “Ursprünge des Suchtverhaltens – Evidenzen aus einer Studie zu belastenden
Kindheitserfahrungen,” Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie, 2003; 52:547-559. http://attachmentdisorderhealing.com/resources/key-articles/
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