Dealing with active addiction it tough. But, the fact of the matter is that most individuals struggling with substance abuse have other issues too. One issue that’s commonly paired with addiction is domestic violence. For those dealing with both domestic violence and substance abuse, it’s important to seek help which identifies both issues. This way, they can establish true and lasting recovery from both issues.
Before you can identify if you or a loved one is struggling with a domestic abuse situation, it’s best to know what domestic abuse is. Basically, domestic abuse is when one romantic partner attempts to manipulate and control the other partner by means of physical, verbal, or mental means. Some characteristics of domestic abuse can include:
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, or religion. Often, those who act out in violent behaviors may try to justify their words or behaviors. However, there is never a situation in which the above behaviors should be utilized, especially in an intimate relationship. So, if you notice your partner portraying any of these behaviors, you may be struggling with domestic violence in your home.
It can be challenging for friends and loved ones of a person struggling with domestic abuse to see how they can stay in a relationship that’s so obviously negative. However, in most situations, individuals choose to stay with their domestically violent partner out of fear. They either fear for their own safety or for the safety of their children if they were to leave. Some other reasons people may choose to stay with a domestically violent partner may include:
Being addicted to a substance is certainly not an excuse to act out in domestically violent behaviors. However, domestic violence and substance abuse are a common pair. And those who are addicted to a substance have an increased likelihood to act out in these types of behaviors. On the other hand, those who have domestically violent partners may also be at an increased risk for addiction as they may attempt to self-medicate the symptoms of domestic abuse with addictive substances.
Statistics show that domestic violence and substance abuse are a likely pair. In fact, according to statistics:
Whether you are the victim of domestic violence or the accused individual in the relationship, you are at risk for developing an addiction. When substance abuse is paired with domestic violence, things don’t get better- they get worse.