Dr. Franco published an article on Psych Central Pro about screening adults for child abuse when treating substance abuse. Struggling with the effects of child abuse is linked to the development of substance abuse problems, as well as physical and emotional issues such as heart disease, depression, and more. Dr. Franco writes,
If we assess for childhood trauma and neglect when addiction services are accessed, we will know more about the underlying causes of addiction and can anticipate mental health problems that may be fueling the substance abuse.
Screening for child abuse can help practitioners work through the root issues fueling a client’s substance abuse problems, which can help prevent future relapse, lead to the client reaching a high level of functioning and personal fulfillment, and break the cycle of abuse or neglect.