The relationship between childhood trauma, early-life stress, and alcohol and drug use, abuse, and addiction: An integrative review

Ahmed A. Moustafa*, Denise Parkes, Louise Fitzgerald, Dylan Underhill, Julia Garami, Einat Levy-Gigi, Filip Stramecki, Ahmad Valikhani, Dorota Frydecka, Blazej Misiak

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Abstract

In this review, we discuss the relationship between childhood trauma, early-life stress, and substance use, abuse, and addiction. We further provide theories and neural studies to explain this relationship as well as potential treatment strategies for alcohol and drug abuse and addiction based on understanding types of early-life stressors that lead to both drug use and relapse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-584
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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