High Sobriety Ep. 17- Dr. Daniel Sumrok


This podcast episode of Addiction Campuses’ High Sobriety features Dr. Daniel Sumrok, board certified addictionologist. Dr. Sumrok discusses why he helps patients struggling with addiction and how adverse childhood experience play a role in addictive behavior. Dr. Daniel Sumrok: “The original ACE (adverse childhood experiences) study begun in 1990 in California in San Diego at Kaiser Permanente by a physician named Vincent Felitti. Vincent was interested in helping people to lose weight, and he realized that in many cases he saw it over and over that patients would get close to reaching a target weight and then leave the clinic before reaching that target weight even though they were on a trajectory that looked like it was favorable. So he took a Saturday morning, and he called five of these folks to come in, and he normally didn’t work on a Saturday morning. And when I talked to him about this, he said: ‘I was in a hurry when I was asking these questions and I inadvertently combined two questions that all physicians ask every woman, and that is- are you sexually active, and when was your last normal period? And I said: when did you become sexually active? And the patient replied, age five with her father.’ Then he realized what he’d asked. Then the patient kindly explained that the reason she left the weight loss clinic prior to reaching her target weight is that she felt a little safer if she was a little overweight. She felt less likely to become a victim of a sexual preditor. To make a long story short, the next four woman came in and essentially told the same story. Dr. Felitti said to himself, ‘I think I’m touching the tip of an iceberg.’ They began looking at this in a more systematic way. They did questionnaires and mailed them to about 25,000 patients in San Diego. About 18,000 of those patients are part of the now landmark case study, and they found out that there were about 10, sort of, crystallized events in the lives of children that made them at risk to adopt risky behaviors.” For more, listen to High Sobriety and subscribe to Addiction Campuses’ channel at http://www.youtube.com/addictioncampuses

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