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Drug Use and Domestic Violence

 
Drug use is a slippery slope. The longer it goes on, the higher the risk of abuse and addiction.

Drug use has major impacts on the user’s physical and emotional health.

Additionally, drug use is detrimental to the economy, communities, and often destroys families.

It is also often correlated with mental health issues, crimes, and violence.

What may start out as harmless experimentation can quickly spiral out of control.

Substance abuse is linked to 40-60% of intimate partner violence incidents.

This percentage confirms that there is a clear link between middle-class drug use and domestic violence.

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Why is Drug Use so Common

 

In many places across the country, drugs are easy to find.

An estimated 164.8 million Americans over the age of 12 were substance users in the past month. This includes illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

They’re used in social situations and high-stress environments. Addictions run in families and through communities.

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is also common. Each of these factors contributes to our high rates of drug use in the general population.

These factors also contribute to the prevalence of domestic violence in middle-class drug users.

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Peer Pressure and Ease of Access

 

When considering the commonality of drug use, there are many factors involved.

Peer pressure and ease of access also contribute to the likelihood of drug use in an individual or community.

Many people who develop drug habits find that the fear of stigma will keep them from speaking out. It’s very easy to start using drugs and incredibly difficult to stop.

Most drugs are addictive. They alter the user’s brain chemistry and tolerances increase quickly.

For years, drug use has plagued the United States. No one is immune to the temptation of drug use.

Abuse and addiction tend to follow even the most innocent levels of drug use.

 

Drugs are Used as Coping Mechanisms

 

Drugs are used as coping mechanisms for individuals with stressful jobs or underlying mental health conditions.

They’re used to ease physical and emotional pain until they cause more pain than they ease. And sometimes, they’re used to increase focus or energy, too.

Your goals may be accomplished in the short term. But over time, drugs will only make these situations worse.

Whatever the reasons may be for you, you don’t have to let drug use derail your life or your family.

 

The Most Commonly Abused Drugs

 

There is a wide range of drugs that may be abused. Some are more common than others.

Marijuana is number one on the list of commonly used illicit substances. This has caused some confusion since it is now legal in some states.

Although it does have limited medical uses, marijuana is known to impair your short-term memory, focus, coordination, and learning abilities. It is also addictive.

This is why it is still an illicit substance in most places. Synthetic cannabinoids are also high on the list. These are often called K2 or spice.

These were created and marketed as an alternative to traditional marijuana and marijuana products. Despite claims to the contrary, these synthetics are not safer.

They are often more powerful than marijuana and their effects can be unpredictable. In certain instances, the side effects of these synthetics can be severe and life-threatening.

Following these two categories, prescription and over-the-counter medications are often abused. This goes for several classes of prescription drugs, including:

  • Opioids used for pain relief
  • Stimulants used to increase attention or energy
  • Central nervous system depressants used to sedate or tranquilize, reduce anxiety, or induce sleep

You can abuse a drug even when you have a prescription for it.

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Drug Use and Violence

 

Your physical health, mental health, relationships, finances, and career may all be impacted by your drug use.

Studies have shown a correlation between drug use and criminal activity, as well. It is common for people with prescriptions to sell their medications to make extra money.

Distributing prescription or illicit drugs to others can come with some very heavy consequences. This can lead to an arrest, jail time, an accident, or worse.

Drug Use and Violence are Linked

Drug use and violence are linked in several ways. Increasing criminal behaviors always leads to an increased risk of violence.

And taking drugs that alter your brain chemistry can increase your tendency to become violent, too.

Even if you were never violent before, drug use can alter your thoughts, behaviors, and actions.

When selling or obtaining drugs illegally, there is always the chance of a drug deal gone wrong.

High-stress situations involving money and illegal behaviors rarely end well. Drug use and violence are described in the addiction health world as cause and consequence.

It’s rare to have one without the other.

 

Drug Use and Domestic Violence

 

Drug use has broken up many families. When ingesting substances that are known to alter your behaviors, there is always the danger of violence.

Drug use and domestic violence have been linked for as long as illicit drugs have been available. Drug use is linked to assaults, physical injuries, and emotional abuse.

There is also often a link between drug use and sexual abuse. Even the kindest and most patient person can lose themselves in drug use.

Many people don’t begin using drugs with the thought of becoming involved in criminal activities or domestic violence.

 

Drug Abusers Begin with a Genuine Medical Need

 

Many drug users begin with a genuine medical need or a curious mind. The thought that a prescription medication can’t be as dangerous as an illicit drug is a dangerous one.

Almost all heroin users start with prescription opioids or other pain relievers. It may start out as something innocent but it’s not likely to remain that way for long.

Choosing to get help is the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones.

 

Inpatient Care vs Outpatient Options

 

If you’ve noticed a change in your behavior or in the behavior of someone you love, help is available.

Drug use will only control your life if you let it. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we have multiple facilities available to guide you on your journey to sobriety.

Depending on your location, needs, and preferences, we can place you in one of our state-of-the-art facilities in California.

Here you will have access to inpatient care or outpatient care, with a wide range of options in between, as well.

We recommend inpatient care for patients who may need a medically-assisted detox, a strong support system at all hours, or a change in scenery.

 

Outpatient Care

 

For patients with strong support systems and obligations at home, outpatient care may be an option. Instead of a residential stay, you’ll continue to live at home.

You’ll attend therapies, counseling, seminars, and support groups at our outpatient campus. One of the hardest parts of treatment can be figuring out what you need.

We can help you with this, too. Please call our admissions coordinators today. They’ll walk you through our initial admissions.

Once this is done, they can begin building an individualized care plan. They can also complete a free insurance verification for you.

Help is just a phone call away.

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Resurgence Behavioral Health

 

When you choose Resurgence, you choose experts who truly care.

You choose knowledgeable teams who have dedicated decades of their lives to addiction health.

We’ve spent years developing treatment methods that are backed by science.

Our patient-first, holistic approach sets us apart from other treatment centers.

The creative care methods, therapies, and holistic remedies we use make for well-rounded programs.

We offer comprehensive care in a relaxed and safe environment.

From detox to aftercare, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

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