Repression Onset of Mood Altering Substance

As a CASAC working in the field of alcohol/addiction for the past 15 years, I’ve completed more that a 1000 psychosocial and have notice that 80-90% of the clients reported their onset of a mood alter substance began at age 13.

I was wondering is there a correlation between starting the use of a mood altering substance and repression of shame, abandonment, or what you called "Internal Critic"? I know this may not be a contribution but I'm hoping for some feedback. Email address pmurray@kingsbrook.org

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Childhood Abandonment
by: Anonymous

I believe, I drank and smoked as young as 11 years old do to exposure to and abandonment. Growing up in an adult world with very little regard to what was going on for me. Drinking smoking, was the norm, and I was enabled.

I believe, when I am lonely, bored, happy, or deserving of a break, or just plain 'what else would I do with this free time', that would give me such release from my self.

I am sick of it, I have quit on 3 other occasions for 1,2,and 3 years, so I know I can do it, just needing support.

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