Addiction Forum Question

HopetrackerA3's Profile Image
"Can trauma cause addiction?"
Asked by HopetrackerA3 Seen by 190
We had a rough childhood - to say the least. There was both sexual and physical abuse in our house. My older sister probably got the worst of it. Is that why she's an addict? I'm trying to understand how five of us can go through the same hell, but only one became an addict. Click here to report this post as inappropriate. flag
Recent Answers Top Answers

Katie D's Profile Image
1 Questions 6 Answers
Anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol for a whole multitude of reasons. It comes down to genetics, environment, coping skills, body chemistry... it's hard to say one specific thing causes an addiction. It's best to focus on the solution and not the cause.
's Profile Image

Wife17's Profile Image
0 Questions 13 Answers
I think trauma can contribute to the addiction or possibly make it more likely someone will choose self-destructive ways to self-medicate. I know my husband's abuse history played a big part in the acceleration of his addiction but would not say it was the only cause of it.
's Profile Image

Olivia K's Profile Image
1 Questions 87 Answers
Addiction does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. It doesn’t matter whether they are white or black - from a good family living in a great neighborhood or a low-income family forced to grow up alone and on the streets. It truly comes down to the person and the individual choices they make in response to their life and what they experience.
's Profile Image

View more answers: 1
Hopetracker Icon
Did you find your answer?
We hope you did, but feel free to ask everyone a question of your own.