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Crossroad Women and Family Services, Inc.

Post Office Box 2421, Kingston, NY 12402

Crossroad Women and Family Services, Inc.

"Transforming the Lives of Women Who Transform their World"

Healing Beyond Childhood Trauma

Did you know that most people in the US have at least one ACE? ACE's are adverse childhood experiences that not only causes harm to the brain of children it changes they way they respond to the stresses of life, compromises their immune systems and causes other chronic health conditions over their lifetime. According to a CDC Kaiser Permanente ACE Study childhood trauma and ACE places people at risk for depression, chronic diseases, mental illness, financial problems, social problems and becoming a victim of violence and sexual crimes.


Other ACE surveys have expanded the types of ACE's and those findings while not surprising are also noted below. Below are traumatic experiences linked to social, financial, mental, emotional and physical problems. 


1. A family member who is diagnosed with a mental illness or depressed.

2. Witnessing a mother being abused.

3.A family member who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

4. Physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

5. A family member who is in prison.

6. Parental separation or divorce.

7. Physical or emotional neglect.

8. Living in an unsafe neighborhood.

9. Experiencing or witnessing racism.

10. Witnessing violence outside of the home.

11. Involvement with the foster care system.

12. Losing a family member due to deportation.

13. Witnessing a father being abused by a mother.

14.Living in a war zone.

15.Being bullied by a peer or adult.


If you have one or more ACE's you are not alone. Research shows that nearly two-third of adults have at least one. Additionally, the scores are even more revealing. For example people with an ACE score of 4 are twice as likely to smoke and seven times more likely to struggle with alcoholism addiction. Additionally, a score of 4 or more is likely to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis by 400 percent, while also increasing the risk for attempted suicide by 1200. ACE's is also linked to chronic workplace absenteeism, ER visits, mental illness, criminal justice involvement and increased healthcare costs. 


The higher the ACE score the more likely it is that people with these scores have more marriages, violence, drug prescriptions, increased risk for broken bones, greater struggles with depression and autoimmune diseases. Studies show that the life span of individuals with an ACE score 6 or higher are at risk for being shortened by 20 years.


The impact of childhood traumatic experiences doesn't just go away as people age. Rather, what a person has lived through directly or indirectly leaves bits and pieces. Harmful traces of the past that keeps showing up has the ability to be passed down from one generation to the next causing generational cycles of unhealed trauma and strongholds.


While the brain does not know the difference between one kind of traumatic experienced and toxic stress from the other we are not stuck with stressed out brains, painful memories, chronic diseases, mental illness or substance abuse. 

It's essential that people receive an effective diagnosis from an effective team of caring medical professionals who can create qualified treatment plan so the journey to healing and recovery can begin. 


Wishing you health and wellness,

Patrina M Torres, Founder, Totally Healed International 

NCCA Certified Temperament Counselor, Certified Instructor 

School of Counseling, S.A.C.C. Certified Academic Institution

Website: www.totallyhealedUSA.com

Email: [email protected]


 







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#Women's History Month

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (100)
In honor of Women's History Month we are offering a copy of the book, "The Exodus Breaking Cycles and Changing Lives: Repositioning Your Soul to THRIVE after Domestic Violence". In this book we teach people how to break the chains of abuse, move from shame to grace and from surviving to thriving. 

This is a SPECIAL OFFER being made available throughout March which will enable us to make a difference in a third world country. When you purchase a copy of  this life changing book The Exodus Breaking Cycles and Changing Lives you will be changing the lives of children.  

A portion of the proceeds will help build a roof for a children's ministry/orphanage in Uganda. Would you consider joining us. We need your help. 

Here's how to you can help. Please visit the following link https://form.jotform.com/80605577084158 to download the product order form. Please mail your completed form to and $25.00 payment to:

Crossroad Women and Family Services
c/o The Exodus Breaking Cycles & Changing Lives
Post Office Box 2421, Kingston, New York 12402.

If you are gifting a copy of the book to a relative, friend, employee or colleague please let us know if you would like to have the book autographed. We'd be happy to! 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email us at [email protected] 

Please feel FREE to share SPECIAL OFFER with a friend, sister-friend, classmate or student. 

We're thankful that you are joining us. God bless you and may heaven smile upon you. 

In His Service!