Addiction thrives on distress, anxiety and pain. Domestic violence encourages the emotions that lead to chemical dependency, as well as co-occurring mental disorders that affect both the victims and perpetrators of this kind of abuse.
Domestic violence has enormous psychological implications for the victim including the following:
The high brought on by drug and alcohol abuse directly impacts the reward center of the brain. This is the same part of the brain that manages psychological functions directly associated with experiencing abuse. The reward center also governs the following activities:
Substance abuse provides quickly passing relief from negative emotions and feelings of anxiety and distress. The brain will crave this relief in a very strong, psychological way and will use every mental trick at its disposal to keep the relief coming.
There is also always a risk of serious or even chronic physical pain as a result of abuse. People may resort to prescription painkillers and may become addicted as a result.
Addiction Risks for Instigators of Domestic Violence
The perpetrators of domestic abuse are also at heightened risk for chemical dependency. Their actions either cause or indicate a wide range of psychological disorders including the following:
In many cases the same emotional or psychological characteristics that allow them to raise a hand against their loved ones also opens them to chemical dependency.
Long term recovery and is available if people know where to look. Specialized treatment centers offer help for addicts and those with behavior control disorders. The programs draw from a wide array of therapeutic tools, including the following:
If you are suffering from the psychological effects of physical abuse or if you are finding it difficult to control your temper and are abusing your loved one, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today. Our specially trained counselors are standing by right now to answer questions about domestic violence and addiction issues. We can connect you with the best programs for your specific needs. The call is free and confidential. Call us today and let us help you find freedom from abusive behavior and addiction.