Domestic violence is the intentional physical, psychological, emotional or sexual abuse of a partner or family member upon another.
Substance use is the habit of using drugs, alcohol or both, until it leads to a psychological or physical dependence; substance abuse is when an individual continues to use these substances despite the harm that is inflicted upon themselves or how it affects others.
Domestic violence and substance abuse have long been connected, and often occur simultaneously; it’s not always the case, but one is often the symptom of the other.
In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the relationship between domestic violence and substance abuse.
How addiction can lead to abuse
Since substance abuse does not always lead to one developing violent tendencies, there are many debates around whether or not substance abuse does, in fact, beget domestic violence or if it amplifies a pre-existing condition or disorder.
Regardless, substance abuse is one of the primary domestic violence causes, and the link between domestic violence and substance abuse cannot be ignored.
Losing interest in things they once were interested in
Uncharacteristic mood swings or behavior (such as violence or isolation)
Lacking energy or exhibiting signs of depression
Avoiding social gatherings or interactions with family and friends
Remember that domestic violence is not always physical; your partner is abusing you if they keep you away from your family and friends, physically harm you in any way, sexually manipulate or abuse you, control your money or bully you (physically or psychologically).
When it’s someone you love being abused, the signs are not always obvious.
Some signs of domestic violence include:
Startling changes in personality or behavior
Unexplained injuries, and excuses that don’t make sense
Missing school, work or social events for nonsensical reasons
Clothing that doesn’t match the weather (e.g., wearing long sleeves in summer to cover bruises)
Always needing to check-in with and gain permission from their partner
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
Contact us when you need help
If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, reach out to us here at Pyramid Healthcare, as substance abuse can be fatal when left untreated.
Here at Pyramid, our top priority is fostering strong behavioral health and overall wellbeing. We offer programs for both substance abuse and mental health that revolve around our commitment to providing you with expert-level care that helps you access the highest quality of life.