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Emotions can be difficult to process, especially when they come up all at once. Not everyone who is raped turns to drugs to escape their emotional turmoil, but it is a common thread in addiction treatment. Victims of childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault may not even realize why they turned to drugs or that the sexual abuse is at the root of their current addiction problems. Some victims work very hard to block the experience and the resulting emotions out of their minds. At first, drugs may provide the mental escape they need. Over time, addiction sets in, and it doesn’t matter why they started – they are hooked. Trauma teaches children to be afraid, and consequently, they can suffer anxiety and other mental health issues. They become pre-programmed to feel out of control and expect the worst in every situation. A similar transition from sexual assault to addiction…