My name is Trevor Tacey and I have been in recovery for more than 20 years and I am convinced that I know the answer to the question of why some people use drugs or alcohol recreationally without too many consequences and are able to get on with their lives, while others like myself might start off that way but eventually it would take over our lives and it would completely consume us.

I don’t want this to be a long winded story of my struggles with addiction, instead I want to give someone some hope that in spite of how many times you might have tried and failed to overcome your addictions, no matter what the substance there is an answer and I will give you a simple questionnaire that might give you the reason for why you struggle so much and can’t find a way out in spite of all the help that you might have had. This questionnaire is ten questions and every recovering person I have worked with after discovering this study has scored high and after working through what was revealed are now enjoying life.

So here we go. In 1997 a study of 17,000 people one of the biggest studies ever done and spanned some 20 years of the participants lives came up with some incredible results. This study was called The ACE Study, ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences and it showed that a high ACE score would lead to serious illnesses including heart problems and even cancer but regarding addiction it was saying that if you scored more than 6 Aces you were 46 times that equates to 4,600% more likely to become an intravenous drug user than someone who didn’t have any. It also indicates that there it is more likely that they will experience involvement in violence and Prison, among other things.

There are a lot of eminent people who support this studies findings not least, Dr Danial Sumrok, The Director of the Centre for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee. He says Addiction should be described as “Ritualised compulsive comfort- seeking” a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood.

Dr Gabor Mate author of “ In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts” and “When the Body Says No” He spent a number of years working in one of the worst areas of the Downtown East-side of Vancouver with addicted men and women. He witnessed the depths of addiction and heard their stories and came to the conclusion that Addiction was a means to escape pain, painful thoughts, painful memories and painful feelings.

When more Addiction Treatment Providers realise that this is a major consideration in the recovery process and needs to be addressed things might change. When I went through treatment it wasn’t considered and I owe a lot to Narcotics Anonymous because I was able to stay clean until I found someone who knew a treatment that would heal those old wounds once and for all so that I could enjoy life and at last feel comfortable with who I am and be grateful for where I am right now.

If you decide to look at the 10 questions and just to add this can apply to anyone. You don't have to have an Addiction to try this. Over 50% of those taking part had at least one ACE. There are many different ways that we can be effected by this but also there is a lot of help out there. If you do feel you need help then it is about finding the right person or treatment for you.

I only found my answers when I made it my responsibility to search and find what I needed.

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