Addiction causes a lot of harm to the addicted person and all those around them who love them. In many cases, it is actually one of the leading domestic violence causes. Unresolved anger issues can be a big part of domestic violence, and also can get exacerbated when someone starts drinking or using drugs. For the one who is the victim of abuse, this can mean that they live in fear, never knowing what they will experience at home and what kind of mood the addict they live with will be in.

Alcohol Addiction In One of The Biggest Domestic Violence Causes

Different types of drugs definitely contribute more or less to physical abuse. While not necessarily considered a drug because it is legal, alcohol is actually one of the leading domestic violence causes. This doesn’t exclude other drugs from the picture of domestic violence. Uppers like crack and cocaine can cause angry outbursts, and believe it or not many other drugs can cause these kinds of issues when a person is withdrawing because their physical and emotional symptoms can be so strong.

To put into perspective how much alcohol and drugs play a part in crime of any sort, here is an interesting statistic. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates that 80% of offenders in jail abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Also, nearly 50% of jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted, and 60% of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illegal drugs at the time of their arrest.

Alcohol is a factor in about 40 percent of violent crimes that are committed on a daily basis. It is more closely related to these kinds of crimes like murder, rape, assault, and child and spousal abuse than any other drug. As a matter of fact, close to 3 million of these kinds of crimes happen each year because someone has been drinking.

Preventing Domestic Violence is Important

Prevention of any kind of domestic abuse is essential for everyone involved. For the person being assaulted, it means they will have a life free of fear and possible physical altercation. For the person who is drinking or using drugs and assaulting someone, it is essential to get addiction treatment before their problem lands them in jail.

Domestic violence is also a leading cause of addiction in the sense that often the person who is being abused will turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with the abuse they are suffering through. This is considered trauma, and trauma is extremely closely related to addiction.

If you are in an abusive relationship, you need to seek help and get away immediately, no matter what the domestic violence causes are. If you are the one doing the abusing, it is just as important to get help for yourself. The only way out of this situation is making a significant change, and the sooner you do so, the better.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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