According to Gabor Mate, trauma is at the root of most addiction. The ACE is a short assessment that is an industry standard to identify childhood trauma.
Patrick Carnes: “Sex addiction is an intimacy disorder.” Attachment insecurity is the main symptom of trauma. Work to earn secure attachment is the most important work to heal trauma. IFS (Internal Family Systems), IPF (Ideal Parent Figure Protocol) and Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer’s principles of compassion-based therapy to help heal trauma and attachment wounds.