In this episode of The Addicted Mind Plus, Duane and Eric Osterlind dive into the groundbreaking ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study. This research revealed how childhood trauma significantly impacts mental, physical, and emotional health in adulthood. By exploring the origins, findings, and implications of the study, they discuss how early experiences of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction shape our lives. The episode also provides practical steps for recognizing and addressing these traumas, offering hope and tools for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Join us to understand the profound connection between childhood experiences and adult well-being.

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Key Topics

– Introduction to the ACEs study and its significance.

– Types of adverse childhood experiences (abuse, neglect, household dysfunction).

– The impact of ACEs on adult mental and physical health.

– Recognizing hidden forms of trauma and their long-term effects.

– Practical steps for healing from childhood trauma.



  1. [00:01:00] – Introduction and significance of the ACEs study.
  2. [00:02:28] – History and inception of the ACEs study by Dr. Vincent Felitti.
  3. [00:04:21] – Types of adverse childhood experiences.
  4. [00:06:25] – Impact of ACEs on adult health and well-being.
  5. [00:09:38] – Recognizing hidden forms of trauma.
  6. [00:13:23] – Steps to address and heal from childhood trauma.
  7. [00:17:11] – Summary and resources for further help.


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