Adverse Childhood Experiences
Kentucky School Advocate
By Madelynn Coldiron
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a significant risk factor for substance use disorders and can impact prevention efforts.
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.
Mother treated violently
Substance misuse within household
Household mental illness
Parental separation or divorce
Incarcerated household member
Source: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration