rss
1

Systemic Outcomes of Childhood Sexual Abuse as Related to Addictions 7

In a consequential environment where every action draws a reaction of similar or greater proportion, childhood sexual abuse affects our own behaviors, which can interfere with our closest relationships, which in turn impacts society with high divorce rates, crime, suicide, drug abuse, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, etc. Taking responsibility for choices can help a victim to understand that just as the history of abuse may have led to behavior patterns that have become out of control, one can choose other behaviors that will bring a sense of freedom from the emotional and psychological destruction of the abuse, as well as a sense of fulfillment in life.

In a consequential environment where every action draws a reaction of similar or greater proportion, childhood sexual abuse affects our own behaviors, which can interfere with our closest relationships, which in turn impacts society with high divorce rates, crime, suicide, drug abuse, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, etc. Most victims attempt to counter a sense of helplessness, or loss of control in their historical life by attempting to control other relationships, events, and things.  Taking responsibility for choices can help a victim to understand that just as the history of abuse may have led to behavior patterns that have become out of control, one can choose other behaviors that will bring a sense of freedom from the emotional and psychological destruction of the abuse, as well as a sense of fulfillment in life.  Victims need to develop new coping skills, be flexible in thinking, and adaptable in behavior. We cannot be healed from childhood sexual abuse and its consequences until we perceive a connection from the behavior of the abuser to its negative effects on our own behaviors and addictions. Addictions are the compulsive choices we make that drive us to repeat behaviors in spite of the personal and societal consequences of the action. When we note the cause and understand the resulting effect, we can then begin a healing process. 

Behaviors are primarily learned from the psychosocial atmosphere of the preceding generations.  We have certain natural characteristics that are imprinted on us either positively or negatively by parental nurturing patterns.  One of the most important facts often overlooked in today’s society is that you reap what you sow.  Another overlooked fact is that personal actions not only affect you and your immediate family, but future generations as well.  The Bible tells us that the sins of the parents will be visited on the children up to the fourth generation.  Our behaviors now write the future for our descendants. We must carefully choose what we sow now, or we will reap the consequences with a future society that can no longer cope with the devastation that we see but a glimpse of today. God’s word gives us clear limits on our behavior and sets forth the consequences when we ignore those limits.  God has always given mankind a choice in whether or not to obey, and yet the consequences of disobedience are clearly laid out for us as well.  God’s word clearly says that if we seek God’s ways, we will have life, and if we do not follow Gods ways, we will have suffering and death, rather than life.  If we overindulge in food, drink, sex, etc. we will suffer the consequences of those addictions. Much of the pain that we suffer, we bring on ourselves, though we may have been predisposed by the sins of our ancestors to certain behaviors.  But we do have choices in whether or not we will continue down the path they chose or choose a better way for ourselves as well as our children. 

0
Liked it
RSSComments: 1  |  Post a Comment  |  Trackback URL
  1. To all my Readers.
    I discovered last night that on several of my writings on Triond, there were links to inappropriate articles. Some ads were questionable as well. I apologize for this, as I had no idea these links were on my writings because I usually just go to my editing page, which doesn’t show all those links and ads. I will be soon removing my writings from this account and would like to invite you to follow my writing on my new website, which doesn’t have any ads and I have more control over links put on it. My new website is http://gofishministries.wordpress.com/ if you would like to continue following my writings. God bless and go fish 4 Jesus!


    Kimberly Hartfield, B.S., M.S. Christian Counselor

RSSPost a Comment
comments powered by Disqus
-->