Children who experience emotional abuse are more likely to struggle with post-traumatic stress and opioid misuse as adults, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Vermont.
Though previous studies have shown there is a relationship between abuse of all kinds and substance misuse, this is the first to specifically connect emotional abuse and opioid use, the researchers said. Read more
Research continues to confirm that trauma experienced in childhood can affect people throughout their lives.
People who endure adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can suffer a variety of detrimental life outcomes1 including:
- Activities or behaviors that can negatively impact health—smoking, addiction to alcohol or drugs, or self-injurious behavior, for example.
- Physical health issues, such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
- Mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD), and even attempted suicide.
- Negative life situations such as being at higher risk for domestic violence, poor performance at work or school, unintended pregnancies, and financial stress.