The Synergy of Addiction and Domestic Violence

By August 13, 2021 September 29th, 2021 No Comments
Addiction & Domestic Violence

What Is Domestic Violence?

The term domestic abuse refers to any act or threat that causes physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, verbal, financial, spiritual or other harm between family members who are in intimate relationships such as dating partners, cohabitants, former spouses, parents and children. The most common forms include:

Physical Abuse – This includes hitting, kicking, shoving, slapping, punching, choking, burning, hair pulling, biting, pinching, beating up, throwing objects at someone,

Addiction and Causes of Domestic Violence

When combined with an addiction to drugs alcohol, domestic abuse can quickly escalate into a dangerous situation that is hard to get away from.

The causes of domestic violence vary depending on the type of abuser involved. Some abusers may suffer from mental health issues while others may have personality disorders. Regardless of why someone becomes violent, there are certain factors that increase the risk of becoming a perpetrator of domestic violence. These include:

  • A lack of impulse control
  • Poor judgment
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of empathy
  • An inability to understand consequences
  • Impulsivity
  • Inability to delay gratification
  • Unstable mood swings
  • History of childhood trauma

While domestic violence is often associated with intimate partner violence, it is actually much more common than that. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 20% of women and 4% of men have experienced physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.1 In addition, approximately 25% of women and 7% of men have experienced sexual violence on than that.

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.2 This means that approximately 50 million women in the U.S. have experienced some form of domestic violence. While this number is staggering, it does not tell the whole story. There are many men who are victims of domestic violence, too.

Recovery From Addiction with Schick Shadel Hospital

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol dependence, there are several options available to you. You don’t need to suffer alone; we offer support services designed specifically for your needs. We also provide counseling and therapy sessions so that you can work toward overcoming your addictions. Our goal is to give you the tools necessary to live a life free of psychoactive substances once and for all.

We understand that recovering from addiction isn’t easy, but with Schick Shadel, we are willing and ready to help you get the care you need.

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