Recent studies show that childhood trauma alcohol use and incarceration are linked.
Many movies and TV shows have for years depicted the same cycle, with the young child with a rough upbringing who turns to drugs and alcohol and eventually starts committing crimes in the community. One can look at that as just “Hollywood” and not real life, however this is a situation going on throughout the country.
The study conducted was a series of questions to inmates addressing the levels of alcohol, drug use and the childhood histories of first-time offenders compared to secondary offenders.
The study revealed that secondary offenders had higher levels of alcohol use in the 6 months leading up to their incarceration than the first-time offenders. A larger percentage of secondary offenders also had a greater number of and more significant traumatic events during childhood than those incarcerated for the first time.
Why The Connection
It may be as simple as cause and effect. There have been numerous studies that have been conducted throughout the years that link mental trauma, pain, stress, etc. to the use of alcohol and other drugs. The use of alcohol and other illicit drugs is linked to people who have a tendency to commit crimes. In fact, per a 2004 survey done on inmates, about 55 percent of the inmates were dependant or addicted to drugs or alcohol and about 30 percent of them reported having been under the influence of drugs or alcohol while committing the crime.
According to Narconon drug rehabilitation there is a certain way to look at this that makes sense when assessing the link between childhood trauma, alcohol use and incarceration. What many don’t know is that the human mind records continually. It stores information at an incredible rate, moment to moment. There is a continual storage in your memory banks to assist your survival in many ways. Unfortunately, the mind does store everything including incidents of severe trauma whether physical or emotional.
Sometimes these traumas have little effect on the individual, but all too often these stored traumas come back on the person later in life. People, places and even certain phrases when stated can act as triggers for these unpleasant experiences.
Narconon drug rehabilitation explains that when the mind is triggered, the individual can feel exactly the way he did when he was experiencing the trauma. This opens the door for any type of relief from the mental discomfort; one very easy and quick relief is the use of alcohol. Alcohol numbs the central nervous system and has a numbing affect on the mind. This gives the person what we call at Narconon a ‘drug release’, the person is temporarily released from the adverse effects of the trauma. In the persons mind, the alcohol is a ‘survival’ thing to do; naturally we all want to feel good even if only for a short time. If severe enough the person begins to use the alcohol over and over again to eliminate the unwanted emotions, pains, etc. Statistically, this can lead the person into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. This includes such things as stealing, violent crimes or even something as simple as drunk driving.
The key is to get the person into treatment where he can hand the above components and get the stored drug out of the body. This is what is done through Narconon drug rehabilitation. The 4-6 month long program is completely drug free and achieves a 76% success rate. That is for permanent recovery from substance abuse.
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