My child is sick—and the brain that is sick is the very same one that must do the work to get well—so this isn’t a time for me to be timid. I can change the way addiction is perceived. I can stop it from creeping ever forward in the darkness.
Adverse childhood experiences—or ACEs, also referred to as childhood trauma—are among the key risk factors for developing addiction. The other risk factors are early use (before age twenty-one), mental illness, social environment, and genetics.