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The Connection between Addiction and Violence

The Connection between Addiction and Violence Both domestic violence and violent crime have been associated with drug abuse and addiction. Drugs are a factor in many acts of violence, whether premeditated or committed under the influence. While it would be inaccurate to claim there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between drugs and violence – or to say that violence always causes drug abuse – there is a link between the two that Albuquerque residents should not ignore.

Violent Crime

Drug users sometimes commit violent crime such as rape or murder while under the influence or while looking to obtain their fix. Other crimes in Albuquerque may result from disagreements concerning the production and distribution of drugs, whether over territory or other disputes. There may also be an eruption of violent crime when law enforcement interferes with drug distribution.

Drugs can even be directly used to commit a crime. Predators can easily incapacitate their victims with date-rape drugs. The victim is defenseless while under the influence of the drug and can do little to thwart the attacker.

Domestic crime

Drug addiction alters the chemicals in the brain, making people behave unpredictably. Even a docile individual who would never have committed a crime while sober could become violent under the influence of a mind-altering substance. Addiction to drugs and alcohol impairs a user’s judgment and reduces inhibitions. There is a high rate of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse among Albuquerque residents who struggle with alcohol and/or drug addiction.

Not only is drug and alcohol abuse a factor in domestic violence; domestic violence can also motivate the abused individual to begin using. Albuquerque residents who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse often suffer from issues such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In order to cope with the pain of these conditions, some people turn to drugs and alcohol. Children also mimic the behaviors of their parents, especially if they have not been exposed to healthy family dynamics or educated about the dangers of drug abuse.

The Cost of Addiction and Crime

Drug abuse costs the United States hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The increased need for law enforcement, medical treatment of drug users as well as victims of drug-related crimes, and the loss of productivity all contribute to the costs of substance abuse and the toll it takes on our community here in Albuquerque. Treatment programs and drug awareness programs can help prevent instances of violent crime connected with drug and alcohol abuse.

Help for Addiction

If you or someone you love in Albuquerque is addicted to drugs or alcohol and are ready to take the first step toward a full recovery, call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about a personalized treatment program that can end your addiction. Please call today.