Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
Families that experience substance abuse endure what often times may seem like a never ending battle. When one member of the family has a drug or alcohol addiction, the entire family suffers with the addict. For the family, all their emotions and energies are exhausted on trying to get their family member to stop their substance abuse and to get help.
Not an Excuse for Domestic Violence
Sadly, domestic violence and substance abuse are interlinked and may intensify each other. It should be known that drug and alcohol abuse does not create domestic violence, nor should the reason for substance abuse be allowed to excuse domestic violence. Just because a family member has an addiction does not give them the right or reason to commit egregious acts of violence against other members of the family.
Linked to Psychological Issues
Domestic violence is often presented in the home when the addict or alcoholic inaccurately thinks that they have the right to control and dominate other family members, especially the spouse or partner. These feelings do not begin with the substance abuse; however alcohol or drug abuse may increase the fear of physical violence. While the addict may blame their addiction to justify their behavior, the truth is that their violent nature is psychological and lies beneath the surface and the alcohol or drugs are the conduit that brings out the violence.
Co-dependency and Domestic Violence
If the addict or alcoholic is the head of the household, it is not uncommon for them to enforce their substance abuse behavior on their spouse or partner which may result in co-dependency. This is especially true if the spouse or partner are recovering addicts themselves and have been successful in their abstinence. In cases where the spouse or partner are threatened with assault if they do not comply with the substance abuse, in most cases they will almost always give in and submit to the alcohol or drug use.
Fear is a Key Factor
Domestic violence victims who have substance abuse may be hesitant to seek assistance out of fear of being legally charged, fear of losing their children and fear of going to jail. On the other hand, some domestic violence victims who did not have substance abuse issues before may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the physical abuse. Really the two issues interconnect in many different ways. What’s more, the effects of being a victim of domestic violence – shame, depression, feelings of powerlessness and guilt can cause the individual to sink deeper into drug and alcohol abuse.
Steps to Getting Help
There are a number of programs that specialize in helping families with domestic violence and substance abuse. The first duty is to ensure the safety of the family members who are victim to domestic violence. Next, seeking assistance for the substance abuse issue is relevant to being able to move forward with your life. Entering a medical detox and rehab treatment program will remove the chemical dependency, but there needs to be some type of psychological counseling involved to get to the root of the violent behavior with regard to the domestic violence. If you or someone you know are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from drugs and alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.