By Maia Szalavitz 09/25/11

Childhood abuse massively increases the risk of people turning to drugs and alcohol. A little advice to fans of “tough love” treatment like Dr. Drew: Try a little tenderness.

Early childhood abuse is a reliable factor in the lives of many addicts
Is addiction caused by drugs alone? Or do chronic stress and trauma in childhood play the determining factor in predicting who will lose control once they start using drugs?

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