ACES and Substance Use
ACES can influence physical, mental, and behavioral health, including substance use. The presence of caring adults in kids' lives can buffer these effects of childhood trauma.
The Origins of Addiction:
Evidence from the ACES Study
An article about ACES and Substance Use from one of the original researchers of the ACES study, Dr. Vincent Filetti. One finding: A male child with an ACE Score of 6, when compared to a male child with an ACE Score of 0, has a 46-fold (4,600%) increase in the likelihood of becoming an injection drug user sometime later in life.