Addiction and Causes of Domestic Violence

How to Get Help

(Support group for Families & Recovering Addicts)

When:  1st Monday of the Month & Every 3rd Wednesday of the month starting April 1st of 2019.
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: 1225 East 5th Street
Cost: None

Domestic Violence & Addiction

All types of domestic violence originate from one person’s desire for control over another. Addiction and substance abuse is linked to domestic violence in a strong way. When someone is inebriated from drugs or alcohol, they are likely to lose control of their inhibitions. Being under the influence of any substance greatly increases the chances of abusive behavior.

Nearly 80% of domestic violence crimes are related to the use of drugs.

When a person abuses drugs, the chemicals in their brain are rewired to seek out the substance, despite any future consequences of their behavior. This can result in irrational, violent or controlling behavior within a relationship.

Addiction and domestic violence share a number of characteristics, such as:

  • A loss of control
  • Behavior continues even though it leads to negative consequences
  • Addiction and abuse tend to worsen over time
  • Both conditions involve denial or shame

The risk of domestic violence increases when both parties have a substance abuse disorder. It may become difficult, if under the influence, for the victim to determine how much danger they are actually in. He or she will likely have a difficult time defending themselves against a partner’s attack or being able to call for help. Domestic abuse becomes a vicious cycle, as the abuse victim may be unwilling to report the attack for fear that their partner will physically, emotionally or financially retaliate. If left untreated, domestic abuse can continue to perpetuate an unhealthy dynamic in the relationship that can have severe consequences.

Effects of Addiction and Domestic Violence

The effects of addiction and domestic violence are far-reaching. Those who are victims of domestic violence are more likely to struggle with a wide range of mental health disorders and require inpatient treatment to overcome the trauma of abuse.

Some of the problems that may develop after domestic abuse include: