Child Welfare

The American Misunderstanding on Addiction Continues

A recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that around 50 percent of the population does not believe that addictions are diseases. The respondents emphasized free choice over factors like poverty, racism, hopelessness or biology. […]

Child Trauma

When Trauma Slips into Addiction

Living in fear. Terrified no one will come, yet terrified someone will. No relief, just fear and dread. No sense of control and a profound sense of isolation. This can be the experience of a […]

Analysis

Addiction Doc Says It’s Not the Drugs, It’s Adverse Childhood Experiences

He says: Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction.” It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking.” He says: Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is […]

Research and Resources

Trauma and ACEs Missing in Response to Opioid Crisis, Says New Report

A policy brief issued in July by the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) forcefully develops the case for trauma-informed approaches to address the opioid crisis—to prevent and treat addiction—based on strong evidence that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) […]