The addiction recovery portion of ACE Overcomers is based upon the following principles which are consistent with the findings of Dr. Vincent Felitti:
ACE Overcomers Foundational Truths for Overcoming Addiction©
1 . I recognize the destructive nature of addiction to my well-being and the damage it brings to my family and loved ones.
2 . I realize that the major factor underlying addiction is my reaction to the adverse childhood experiences of life.
3 . I realize that addiction is not a brain disease, nor is it caused by chemical imbalances or genetics, it is a series of decisions based on false perceptions.
4 . I realize that seeking chemical relief from past abuse is futile. Using illicit drugs just will not work.
5 . I realize that addiction is not due to the molecular structure of the drug, but my attempts to cope with the stress of past abuse and my distorted self-image.
6 . I realize that a right relationship with God is my only source for the power to overcome.
7 . I take responsibility to overcome starting today.
Copyright ACE Overcomers, 2009
Most programs are unfamiliar with the research demonstrating the effects of adverse childhood experiences, and are unprepared to minister to those affected. In order to be effective, a program must understand that man is a complex relationship of mind, body, and spirit. ACE Overcomers is uniquely designed to meet the spiritual needs of the abused.