Podcast #12 — Wednesday, July 22, 2009 — Adverse Childhood Experience

In a detailed study of over 17,000 middle-class Americans, called the ACE study, it was found that the intensity of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), directly effects the quality of physical and emotional health, as well as greatly increases the risk of addictive behaviors, in adulthood. Dr. Vincent Felitti, MD is a co-Principal Investigator in this collaborative research project between Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and the Centers for Disease Control.

These findings have transformative implications for both our health care system and our treatment of addictions. As Dr Felitti says, “Our findings are disturbing because they imply that the basic causes of addiction lie within us and the way we treat each other, not in drug dealers or dangerous chemicals. They suggest that billions of dollars have been spent everywhere except where the answer is to be found.” Learn more about what these answers might be in this enlightening conversation between Diane Pendola and Dr. Felitti.

Adverse Childhood Experience

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