The connection between drug addiction, alcoholism, and violence crosses many thresholds, and is vitally important in understanding the scope of how controlled substances can affect people.
Learn more about substance abuse and domestic violence, the potential risk factors for domestic violence and how to get help for yourself or someone you love.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism within a family is a problem that can destroy a marriage or drive a wedge between members.
Domestic violence or intimate partner violence impacts people of any race, age, gender or economic status. Violence can be physical, verbal, emotional and psychological. But financial abuse is one of the most common reasons that individuals of violence stay in or return to their relationships.
Although domestic abuse is not directly caused by alcohol abuse, it can certainly be fueled by intoxication. Someone who might otherwise be able to control their violent urges may be more likely to lash out violently when they are intoxicated. In addition to intimate partner violence or spousal abuse, an alcohol problem can lead to a number of crimes that cause pain and suffering to the families of the addicted person. An estimated 55% of people who commit domestic abuse were drinking.
Tragically, domestic violence and substance abuse are closely linked, with both being a cause and effect of the other. Luckily, help is out there.