It can be easy to recognize how damaging substance abuse is to those who use alcohol and/or drugs. However, it is important to discuss the fact that substance abuse doesn’t only affect the addict or alcoholic. It affects their loved ones, too. Research and studies show there is a link between substance abuse and domestic violence. When violence or abuse and addictions are mixed, things become quite volatile.
If you have an addiction and need help, so you can leave a domestic violence situation or so you can stop abusing someone else, please reach out to our Southeast Addiction team today. We know how addiction can impact your life and we want to help you overcome it.
Staggering Statistics Regarding Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
According to research published regarding substance abuse and domestic violence, there is clearly a link between the two. There are also some staggering statistics regarding domestic violence and substance abuse, too, such as:
- Intimate partner abuse against females was approximately 3 times as high as men with alcohol issues than among men without these issues
- In about 47% of domestic assault cases, substance abuse preceded the situation compared to 31% on non-domestic assault cases
- Approximately 92% of men who have assaulted a female partner used alcohol or drugs the day of that assault (with 67% of these people using alcohol and cocaine)
- Approximately 35% of men that have assaulted their partner drank alcohol within the hours before the assault
- Around ½ of those who are in domestic abuse therapy also have a substance use disorder
As you can see, the statistics regarding substance abuse and domestic violence are startling and unfortunate.
However, we can help to prevent or stop domestic violence situations by speaking up. If you or someone you know is abusing alcohol and/or drugs and get violent when doing so, don’t let that keep happening. You can regain control by getting into a substance abuse disorder treatment program and therapy here at Southeast Addiction Center.
Too Many Cases – Too Little Treatment
The unfortunate aspect of substance abuse and domestic violence is there are too many cases and too little people seeking treatment for it. With the stigma surrounding addiction and people thinking drinking is just fun and games (a socialization technique, so to speak), there aren’t enough people admitting to their addiction and getting the treatment they need. We want to help change that.
Here at Southeast Addiction Center, we have experience in handling those who have been victims of domestic abuse and those who are the abusers. We know there are millions of people throughout the world who have been on both these sides. And, as you can see from the statistics above, the domestic violence is almost always preceeded by alcohol and/or drug abuse.
If you can’t get help for yourself, just think about those around you – the person you are hurting, children who watch all this happen, loved ones who care about both of you and others in your life. Most likely, you want what is best for yourself and your loved one. However, it may just take a bit of support, encouragement, help and treatment to get to where you need to be with living a substance-free lifestyle.
The Truth of the Matter is Treatment Does Help
Our treatment team does highly recommend inpatient treatment help for those who are victims of domestic violence or the abuser, especially if you have substance abuse issues, as well. In so many cases of domestic violence, we see that there are underlying issues causing the person to be violent. That isn’t an excuse, but it does explain why there are so many cases of substance abuse and domestic violence.
If you are in this type of situation, let us help you get to the bottom of these causes. Through therapy and other treatment services, we can help you navigate recovery and the healing process. When you start seeing that your behaviors can change, you can start seeing all the hurt that substance abuse and domestic violence caused. From there, you may be able to make amends – whether through journaling or to the person in the future.
Every person’s situation is unique. Everyone needs hope, encouragement, direction and support to unravel the webs and chaos of their addictive lifestyle and domestic violence history. These things do take time, but the truth of the matter is that treatment does help in more ways than you might realize.
Other Treatment Options for Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
As noted above, we do highly recommend that the victims and the abusers who have substance abuse issues both seek inpatient treatment. We believe and have seen that inpatient treatment offers people the most support and is best in these cases.
However, there are some people who just can’t attend inpatient treatment or who won’t dive that far into treatment. They may be able or willing to attend other treatment options though, such as:
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Outpatient treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
Reach out to our Southeast Addiction Center team to find out more about which treatments would be best for you.
We Want to Help You
Here at our treatment center, we have treated thousands of people with substance abuse issues. Many of these people have either been the victim of domestic violence or the abuser. We have seen many success stories of people turning their life around through the treatment options we have noted above.
If you or someone you know is in need of substance abuse disorder treatment or needs therapy or other treatments after a history with domestic violence, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today to find out more about how we can help you.
Contact us today to get started with resources and/or treatments for substance abuse and domestic violence.