Substance abuse and dating violence

Did you know that females between 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of dating violence?

Many of the discussions surrounding addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use.

The effects of drug addiction, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one’s social health and well-being.

Not only is dating violence detrimental to someone, it can also increase one’s risk of substance abuse, suicide, sexual risk behaviors, or unhealthy weight.

Red Flags of Dating Violence -Extreme Jealousy -Controlling behavior -Isolation -Verbal abuse -Alcohol/drug abuse -Use of force in arguments -Blaming others for own problems There are many do’s and don’ts when assisting someone in need.

Victims also believe that their partner’s jealousy and possessiveness is “romantic.” This is because the attention they receive from those actions, even though it is in a negative manner.

An abuser believes that they have the right to control their partners, demand intimacy, and that they may lose respect if they are attentive and supportive toward their significant other.A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.One third of adolescents have experienced physical, emotional, sexual, and/or verbal abuse by a dating partner.The dynamics of power and control in a teen dating relationship can be just as dangerous as those found in an adult relationship.Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction can damage social health.

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