Another study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research last week, is another in a long list of research that links childhood trauma to addiction, says psychiatrist David Sack. In his blog on PsychCentral.com, Sack says that therapists who are treating addiction should also treat a person’s trauma. He cites the CDC’s ACE Study, and the finding that “chronic recurrent humiliation” — emotional abuse — is one of the most destructive forms of trauma.
Whereas the general population has physical abuse rates of 8.4 percent, the rate for alcoholics has been reported at 24 percent for men and 33 percent for women. The rate of sexual abuse in the general population hovers around 6 percent, while the rate for alcoholics has been reported at 12 percent for men and 49 percent for women.