Drug Abuse and Violent Behavior

Drugs abuse and violent behavior

Drugs abuse and violent behavior is a definite connection.  More than 75 percent of people who start treatment have performed many acts of violence, such as:

  • Robberies
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual assault

The Shocking Statistics about drug abuse and violent behavior

Individuals who enroll into a drug treatment rehab are mostly referred by family members because of violent behavior caused by substance abuse. Heavy drinking and drug abuse leads to aggression. Most domestic violence cases are not even reported.

Why is there a link between drug abuse and violent behavior?

According to studies, the risk for violent behavior is common among individuals who are prone to suppressing their emotions while sober. When these negative feelings are suppressed for so long it comes out in floods when intoxicated. Alcohol and drugs lower an individual’s inhibitions and this is why individuals lose their sense of self control and are quick to anger.

Victims of Domestic Violence and Drug Abuse

The individual who is the victim of abuse will sometimes use drugs or alcohol to cope with the pain. Woman who are in an abusive relationship are 15 times more likely to suffer from addiction than those who haven’t been abused.

Domestic violence is not just physical and just comes in various ways, such as:

  • Psychological abuse – the abuser will use words and actions to control, frighten and isolate a victim.
  • Emotional abuse – the abuser will devalue, threaten and blackmail the victim
  • Financial abuse – the abuser will hide spending, lie about expenses and occasionally give an allowance to the victim aka “breadcrumbing”.
  • Sexual abuse – the abuser will force the victim into performing sexual acts against his/her consent.
  • Spiritual abuse – the abuser will use religion to manipulate the victim into obedience
  • Verbal abuse – the abuser will shout, call names and threaten the victim

 What is Domestic Violence?

It is a person’s desire to control and have power over another. Drug abuse and violent behavior has dire consequences and never ever ends well.

Take the first courageous step today

If you are in an abusive relationship and addicted to substances, you will stay stuck in the toxic relationship. If your abuser is addicted to substances, the situation could become dangerous as the addiction and abuse escalates. Call ARCA rehabs Jhb or Durban today and get your life back for good. Our team of experienced and compassionate therapists will help you through your healing process. We understand that taking the first step into recovery from addiction and abuse is a difficult one. Never forget, you matter and the only thing you need to fear is fear itself.


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