The question of whether or not there’s a link between domestic violence and substance abuse has been answered many times over the past few decades through various research studies and evaluations. Going as far back as 1994, studies conducted on domestic abuse suggest that at least 50% of defendants who were accused of murdering their significant others were drinking and/or consuming illegal drugs around the time of the murder.
Let’s discuss the link between domestic violence and substance abuse.
Mindset of Victims of Domestic Abuse
First, consider the mindset of the abused individual before they turned to chronic drug use. The person may have been exposed to domestic violence as a child and could have grown up in a hostile family environment. As time progressed, various factors such as anxiety and relationship problems, just to name few, may have triggered the person to turn to substance abuse as a temporary “escape.”
Another linking factor that has been discovered between domestic violence and substance abuse is the suppressed feelings a domestic violence victim has toward their abuser,, which may fuel the need for relief via drugs or alcohol.
Mindset of Domestic Abusers
Substance abuse in itself can fuel aggression, which can subsequently lead to violent tendencies. Chronic abuse of drugs and alcohol has the potential to make a person more open and suggestive. Substance abuse may bring to fruition these abusive feelings, intentions, and actions that might otherwise not have been acted on.
There is also the factor of generational habits, which some refer to as a “generational curse.” Some may see this particular factor as a situation where the mind should triumph over the body, subsequently ruling out the justification of the trait being handed down from parent to child. Unfortunately, not everyone possesses a mindset powerful enough to overcome it, and generational habits such as domestic violence and substance abuse can be passed down.
To elaborate, these generational habits speak specifically to personal experiences growing up. A child may be accustomed to seeing one or both of their parents under the influence of a substance and subsequently abuse the other partner. If exposed to the behavior often enough, a child may begin to consider the environment normal as they mature into adulthood. This, therefore, puts them in a place where they may begin to chronically abuse substances as an adult.
Concluding on a positive note, substance abuse problems can be treated with professional care. So, if you find yourself in this situation or know someone who is, help is just a phone call away.