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The Connection Between Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

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Addiction and Domestic Violence

While we often focus on the person struggling with addiction they aren't the only ones affected by their substance abuse. More often than not, their family members and loved ones are also subject to the harmful effects of addiction.

Substance Abuse and the Brain

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, consistent substance abuse can cause chemical changes in the brain that cause the affected person to compulsively seek their drug of choice, requiring more and more for the desired effect.

Not only does chronic substance use produce an intense need to take drugs or drink compulsively, but it also erodes the affected person’s self-control and their ability to make decisions. This is because chronic abuse of substances causes changes to two key important parts of your brain:

  • The cerebral cortex is responsible for your ability to problem-solve and make decisions.
  • The limbic system is responsible for your perception of your emotions.

What is Considered Domestic Violence?

While many people think of domestic violence and abuse to be physical assault, that isn’t always the case. In fact, there are several different types of abuse, including:

  • Physical violence
  • Control
  • Sexual abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Psychological abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Isolation
  • Financial abuse

Signs of Domestic Violence

While there is no surefire way to know that someone is being abused, there are some red flags to look out for. Some of the most common characteristics of an abuser include:

  • Possessiveness
  • Unpredictable behavior
  • A short temper
  • Controlling behavior
  • Blaming the victim for anything negative that happens
  • Complete control of finances
  • Demeaning their partner in public or in private
  • Harassing their partner at work

If you suspect that someone is being abused or you are being abused, for confidential help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

Seeking Help for Addiction at North Georgia Recovery Center

The road to recovery starts with taking the first step. Let us walk alongside you on the path to sobriety and wellness. When you choose to get treatment for addiction at North Georgia Recovery Center, you can rest assured knowing that you will be treated by licensed therapists in our state-of-the-art facilities. Every one of our team members is certified to address and effectively treat the issues that come along with addiction.

To schedule your free consultation with our team, call (678) 940-7873 or complete an online form today.