Studies have shown that exposure to child abuse is a strong predictor of substance abuse. The self-esteem and resiliency of child abuse victims can be permanently damaged by their terrifying and painful experiences, and a significant number may attempt to cope with their feelings of powerlessness by turning to drugs or alcohol.
The experience of a childhood trauma can result in many lasting effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Those who experience childhood trauma may also be more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use or other dangerous behavior patterns. Continue reading