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Old 12-29-2017, 05:12 AM
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Trigger warning....if you have been abused are the odds higher that you are an addict?

If someone has been sexually and physically abused, by more than one person, does that increase your chance of having addictive behaviors?
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Old 12-29-2017, 05:27 AM
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I have borderline Personality Disorder one of the diagnoses criteria for it is addictive behaviours its one of them that a psychologist looks into if there trying to help you am unsure if its more likely or not with thoese who have been abused and thoughts who have not anyone who has had trauma in there life try to find differant ways to deal with flashbacks and other parts of trauma
the best person to ask about this is a dr or psych i myself was abused from a young age the fact its happened to you you should seek help and i hope your not in that situation at the moment if you are please if its safe enough for you so get help please do so i wish i could help you more and am so sorry this has happened to you no one should go through that
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Yes.
There's a lot of research about this.
Most of the female alcoholics/addicts I have encountered have suffered trauma, usually sexual (rape, abuse, incest, molestation).
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I think it does, and it's one of the many reasons that people turn to drugs and alcohol.
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Bunny 211, Yes, yes, yes and yes


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Yes.
There's a lot of research about this.
Most of the female alcoholics/addicts I have encountered have suffered trauma, usually sexual (rape, abuse, incest, molestation).
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If someone has been sexually and physically abused, by more than one person, does that increase your chance of having addictive behaviors?
Absolutely.. I like to compare it to how our veterans that have come back from wars and have done or seen horrific things are also much more likely to be an addict/alcoholic.

But I think it is very important to not use the traumatic experience(s) as excuse to keep drinking or using drugs. No matter how bad the situation or event that happened is it is possible fight through it and live a normal happy life with counseling, medication etc... Elizabeth Smart is a good example of this.

Alcohol/Drugs will cause a temporary escape but in the long term it will make everything much worse. It is a terrible idea to self-medicate this way.
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