One of the most common catalysts for substance abuse is adverse childhood experiences. In fact, for every adverse childhood experience encountered, the risk of substance use increases. Experiencing some form of abuse, neglect, loss or lack of stability in childhood happens to most people. Research indicates 66% of us have had at least one childhood trauma.
Please know that there are healthy and effective tools for healing. The first step is to find a safe person you trust and share your story and your need for help. Appleseed has counselors specializing in trauma work. Don't let anything keep you from getting help.
One of my favorite truths is “the opposite of addiction is connection.” If you are someone who struggles with substance use.. connecting with a supportive community is a key to beginning and staying in recovery. The first step is reaching out and admitting that you need help to get better. Once you admit that your addiction has gotten the best of you... you have taken the first step. Remember... recovery is within your grasp and Appleseed has professionals who understand what you are going through and who are prepared to help. Please reach out.
-Jerry Strausbaugh, EdD, LPCCS, Executive Director