Our childhood experiences, especially those traumatizing adverse experiences, continue to influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors now into adulthood. You are likely a victim of your own childhood if you experienced any of the following:

  • Child physical abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child emotional abuse
  • Neglect/Abandonment
  • Mental ill, depressed, or suicidal person in the home
  • Drug addicted or alcoholic family member
  • Witnessing domestic violence against the mother
  • Loss of a parent to death or abandonment, including abandonment by divorce
  • Incarceration of any family member

In fact, if you have at least four of these conditions you are at high risk to being a smoker, abuse alcohol and drugs, be involved in a domestic violence relationship, unintended pregnancy, hence treatment, or elective abortion, chronic depression, poor academic performance, early mortality, multiple marriages, obesity, and/or significant financial problems.

ACES leaves one with destructive cycles which result in unhealthy thinking, mismanaged emotions, having hurtful, destructive behavior, or a combination of cycles. These cycles can be self destructive, destructive to others, or both. In some cases there may be no cure, such as cancer, but even then persons can choose to live a healthy life as long as possible in order to prolong life and make living as good as possible.

The promise we hold out is to help you live your life, as you choose it, and have a life worth living. "A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."