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) […]

Child Trauma

Home Visits Work: Let’s Make Them Universal

Some of the most fulfilling and valuable experiences of my early career involved working as a home visitor about twenty years ago. I traveled through Philadelphia’s most underserved neighborhoods with a team from the MomMobile, […]

Child Trauma

Washington State Study Shows Promise for Community Network-Driven Approach to ACEs

Community networks in the state of Washington have been effective in reducing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), according to a study released this month by respected policy research firm Mathematica. ACEs are childhood traumas […]