Karen Gordon

Childhood Trauma and Its Relationship to Recovery from Substance Abuse

Alcoholism and substance abuse are worldwide problems affecting millions of people. Much of the current research focuses on the aspects of people in active addiction. One factor that is common in many who are recovering from or in active addiction is childhood trauma. The purpose of this study was to explore how childhood trauma is related to recovery. Other variables investigated were gender differences, personality type, perceived social support, and spirituality in regard to recovery. Significant findings of the study were a strong presence of childhood trauma and that introverts experience greater difficulty in recovery than extroverts. This study provides a significant first step in research of the recovery process with the intent to better treat those suffering from alcoholism and addiction.