So. So. Sad.
When you go through something traumatizing, thinking clearly isn't always an option. Most days, you aren't even in control of your own body. You're a stranger to yourself.
Watching someone you love go through a traumatic incident is just as ugly. The guilt takes over your entire life to the point where you can't see up from down.
No matter how hard you try to help, they just can't seem to break clean from their depression. Sometimes those feelings of doubt and shame start getting to you, leaving you all right back where you started.Unfortunately, escaping trauma is never easy. And according to this depressing study, it has another major effect.
The study says that "A person who experienced any six or more of the categories” of childhood trauma, Dr. Felitti tells Your Tango, “was 4600 percent more likely to become an IV [injecting] drug user later in life than a person who experienced none of them."
The six traumas include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape, school violence and medical trauma.
The study, nicknamed the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey, examined the life of 17,000 people to see whether or not they've ever experienced something traumatic, and how it affected them.
The results were staggering.
The fact that there's a 4600 percent chance that someone can become prey to addiction actually exists is so heartbreaking. If you grow up without a support system, it's that much easier to turn to life threatening substances such as drugs to cope. This study leaves a big lump in our throats.
If you think you have a drug/alcohol problem or dependency, or even if you aren´t sure, get in contact with a doctor or other health care professional.