Domestic Abuse and Addiction is a web resource that seeks to provide well-researched, fact-based resources for individuals struggling with addiction, substance abuse, mental illness and the various causes of each.

We recently published an article examining the link between domestic abuse and addiction; you can find an excerpt below, along with a link to the article in full.


Domestic violence is the intentional use of emotional, psychological, sexual or physical force by one family member or intimate partner to control another. Victims of domestic violence who struggle with addiction face significant barriers to receiving treatment, but programs that effectively address addiction and abuse-related trauma are available.


The complex link between domestic violence and substance abuse creates unique challenges to treatment and encourages relapse in both behaviors.

Domestic violence and chemical dependency share similar characteristics, such as loss of control, continued negative behaviors despite knowing the consequences, obsession, tolerance development and withdrawal.

Forty to sixty percent of domestic violence incidents involve substance abuse, according to a 2014 article published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. More than one in five male abusers admitted to using substances before the most recent and extreme acts of violence, highlighting that drugs and alcohol may exacerbate violent behaviors."

Excerpt taken from:
Domestic Abuse and Addiction |

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