Domestic violence affects millions of people every year in the United States alone, though the theory is this number is much higher, considering how many cases go unreported.

Abuse does not discriminate, and men and women of any age, race, educational background, religion and socio-economic level can be a victim (or perpetrator) of domestic violence.

Substance use and abuse has hit an all-time high in the twenty-first century. Not only are there more drugs (legal and illegal) than ever, but people are being prescribed more medications, and are also increasing their recreational intake of substances (including illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription medications).

Along with this escalated substance use has been an increase of domestic violence cases.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the different ways in which substance use, abuse, and addiction can influence someone to become domestically violence.

Effects of substance abuse

Since not everyone who abuses drugs or alcohol becomes violent, debates continue to circulate around what factors, in addition to substance use, play a role in an individual becoming a perpetrator of domestic violence. 

Despite this, the connection between substance abuse and addiction is recognized by all.

Substance use causes changes in your brain, but chronic substance use (such as in the case of abuse or addiction) causes harm to the brain in a variety of ways, including triggering violence.

The exact effects of substance use vary per individual because of personal factors such as—the type of substance, how often it’s used, mental health history and current state, if other substances are being used, and more—but certain substances are known to trigger aggression.

Cocaine and methamphetamine are two substances that have been known to not only trigger short-term aggression in individuals, but also lead to long-term violent tendencies due to how the brain is altered after use.

Substance abuse and domestic violence

The Addiction Center published the below statistics about substance abuse and domestic violence and how they interact with each other. A sad truth is the majority of domestic cases are believed to go unreported, so the below numbers are likely much higher than what they are:

  • People who abuse substances are much more likely to commit acts of violence against a partner or family member
  • Nearly 80 percent of all domestic violence crimes are connected to drug use
  • 50 percent of men who assault their partners were either actively “on” a drug or had used drugs or alcohol the day of.
  • Between 30–40 percent of men are drinking at the time of assaulting their partner.
  • Alcohol is involved in the majority of situations when a men attempted to kill his partner.
  • Alcohol is involved in over 30 percent of all murders in the United States.
  • Those who chronically abuse substances are more likely to dye by suicide.

Both the effects of domestic violence and the effects of substance abuse take a serious toll on the individuals involved, and can even be fatal when professional help is not sought out.

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The effects of domestic violence can be fatal when professional help is not sought out.

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