Is the Addicts’ “Hole in the Soul” caused by Insecure Attachment?

The Alcoholics Guide to Alcoholism

Here we cite and use excerpts from an interesting article (1) that suggests addiction is the consequence of insecure attachment to our caregivers in early childhood and that as the result addicts often learn to consume substances, or behave in certain “rewarding” ways such as gambling, hypersexual activity etc to cope with emotional distress. An emotional distress borne out of not being able to regulate our own emotions effectively, a distress borne out of not having the the neural machinery to regulate out emotional states. This impaired neural machinery has not developed as the vital emotional connection between person and primary care giver has been lacking, or the person has had a number of adverse childhood experiences.

It is saying that environment, the most basic environmental stimulus, that of our primary caregiver is actually fundamental to  wiring our emotional brains. What we experience externally is in fact reflected in the…

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