Myth #4 : Substance Abuse Causes Domestic Abuse

Fact: Although substance abuse and domestic abuse share the same last name and are related, they are two distinct and separate issues. Substance abuse of alcohol or drugs does not make him (or her) abuse. Abuse is always a choice and often a learned behavior. The use of alcohol or drugs increase the risk of domestic violence in relationships, but ultimately batterers still choose when and how to abuse. Often abuse occurs even when not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Therefore, even if a batterer addresses his drug or alcohol problem, they still need to address their need for power and control rooted in entitlement and fear.

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