Whole Health and Resiliency Program
The Changing Perceptions Organic Impact of Trauma program, is based upon findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The “ACEs” Study, as it is most commonly referred to, was conducted by Dr. Vincent Felitti from Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Bob Anda from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the mid 1990’s. The study consisted of over 17, 500 surveyed individuals, the majority of whom were college educated and Caucasian.
The study takes into consideration the levels of neglect, abuse and household dysfunction involved in an individual’s childhood. The results of the study revealed several surprising facts:
1. Nearly everyone surveyed answered “yes” to at least one or more questions
2. Those answering “yes” to multiple questions had significantly diminished long-term health, including dying on average 20 years prematurely
3. Those answering “yes” to multiple questions also had significantly higher incidents of law enforcement involvement and addiction issues
Consisting of ten easy to answer questions, results can be used as a predictor of:
1. Future adverse experiences, including
i. Law enforcement involvement
ii. Substance Abuse & Addiction
iii. Difficulties maintaining relationships
2. Long-term negative physical and mental health issues
3. Socio-economic issues, such as:
i. Social service dependency
ii. Child welfare involvement
Use of the study also helps clients understand that many of the difficulties they are facing as adults, have their foundation in their childhoods.
Biological: Understanding Addiction
Understanding the lifelong effects of early childhood adversity provides a better understanding about the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world who use biochemical coping methods such as alcohol, marijuana, food, sex, tobacco, violence, work, and methamphetamines to escape intense fear, anxiety, depression, and anger.
It’s hard to reconcile that turning to drugs and alcohol is a normal response to serious trauma, but it is true. Telling an addict that these things are bad for them and that they should stop, doesn’t even register when it provides the addict with a temporary, although destructive, solution to a very real and present problem.
It is for this reason, that addiction cessation and prevention must include identifying the genesis behind the addict’s reason for the addiction. Therefore, the question begs to be asked, “What ‘issue(s)’ has the addict not yet reconciled that are driving the desire to become Comfortably Numb, for lack of a better word?
smoking cessation, and other health, wellness and sustainability areas.