Childhood abuse, including sexual abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, often leads to substance abuse. Substance abuse can lead to risky sexual behavior. Risky sexual behavior leads to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. After a recent study evaluated the sexual risk-taking patterns of 394 adolescents who were receiving treatment for substance abuse, one researcher said, “Findings were consistent with previous research documenting significant relations between childhood sexual abuse or neglect and the development of a wide range of psychopathology among youths, including substance use disorders.”  These teens have no adaptive coping skills so they rely on destructive habits to cope with their traumas.

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