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May 28, 2019

Numbing the Pain: Childhood Sexual Abuse and Addiction


Clarinda Cuppage
Clarinda Cuppage is an integrative counsellor, and in currently completing an MA in psychotherapy. She has an MSc in medical anthropology. Clarinda developed the Survivors’...

Lou Lebentz
Lou Lebentz is a trauma expert, psychotherapist and EMDR clinician who worked at The Priory for over a decade, many of those years on the addiction treatment programmeme. Lou...


Clarinda Cuppage and Lou Lebentz presenting at iCAAD London 2019.

Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) has seemed at the forefront of many news items recently and increasingly out there in the public domain. The statistics quoted in the UK are 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are survivors, higher in other countries such as the USA. Indeed, most of our addiction clients tend to present with underlying trauma, many as a result of CSA. So as clinicians and treatment providers how do we deal with this epidemic in terms of numbers and the resultant increased disclosures and presentations?