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Every day a child will suffer from abuse and neglect because of growing up in a home with domestic violence, mental illness, or from the loss of a parent due to imprisonment or separation. This trauma may inflict both psychological and physical damage that will appear when that child becomes an adult. The link between troubling cause-and-effect between early life and later events is well documented. Early intervention may reduce the consequences of childhood trauma later on in life. Although the relationship between childhood trauma and adult addiction is widely recognized, we can do much more than we are doing right now to prevent the effects. Here are four tips to preventing childhood trauma and addiction in adulthood.
Healthy Development of Children.
We should focus on the healthy development of infants, children, and families. We should acknowledge that even a single individual with an only Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) is at risk and could benefit from support. ACE is common regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The most significant requirement is a sustainable commitment to take action. The earlier we identify these experiences and intervene with counseling and other support, the higher the chance that the individual will achieve long-term health. The brain of a child has greater neuroplasticity compared to that of an adult. As a result, we can solve the problem more efficiently when we intervene early in a child’s life than in adulthood.
- For children who have already gone through traumatizing events, we can provide supportive relationships in schools or personalized assistance to buffer the trauma endured. We can also offer tools that help reduce stress such as mindfulness training, and community-based peer and adult support systems as the child get older.
Adult Healing Resources.
- We can also provide healing intervention to adults who have experienced ACEs to prevent trauma from harming the next generation. Giving help to parents and young families will help them recognize how ACEs affect their life. Offering support to addicted adults can help develop a safe and stable environment for their children.
- . Developing programs such as Child-Focused initiatives, school-based counseling, and adult-led youth groups reduce the negative consequences of adverse childhood experience. Every community should have health care professionals who can deliver trauma-related services to both children and adults. All physicians should look for signs of ACE and follow up on them. Every teacher should also have the training to detect behavior change that might be a sign of an ACE.
The bottom line in preventing childhood trauma and addiction in adulthood is to recognize a problem and intervene effectively. Through this process, we can minimize the disease burden and prevent long-term harm. If we fail to do so, the society and the victims will pay a considerable price in terms of health care costs, work productivity, and children. For more information, this guide tells you all you need to know about childhood trauma and adulthood addiction.