Rough childhood?

May 2, 2017

I work with women in transition from a life of homelessness, addiction, and sometimes incarceration as they rebuild their lives.  I hear story after story of the rough childhoods they endured.  Many have high ACE scores.  These difficult childhood experiences have a long term effect on health, and a correlation with substance use disorders.


Why is this information helpful?  Because it is so easy to buy into victim consciousness - what was done TO me - to assign blame, and to abdicate the power we have to change the way we process interactions within the world.  Healing our past includes honoring it - and then claiming our power and moving into a new way of thinking.


We may be powerless over our past, and perhaps over the cmfort-seeking and coping behaviors that resulted in addiction - but we are NOT powerless over our lives.  The first step is becoming aware and admitting that we are stuck.

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