Especially if you are an abusive relationship, drugs and alcohol can make an unhealthy situation worse. Your abusive partner may get you drunk or high to take advantage of you. When you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you’re more vulnerable to:
A few other risks to consider are:
If you have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, don’t be embarrassed to admit it. There is help! Chat with a peer advocate to learn more about what you can do.
It’s common for abusive partners to blame drugs or alcohol for their unhealthy behavior. Frequently, they do not accept responsibility for their actions or address the real reasons for the abuse. Drugs and alcohol do affect a person’s judgment and behavior, but they are not a reason for violent behavior. Watch out for these common excuses:
It’s important to remember that when your partner is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, their actions still reflect their personality. If your partner is violent when they are drunk or high, it’s probably just a matter of time until they are abusive when they’re sober.
Knowing the warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship will help you distinguish between healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
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Non-profit organization in Ridgecrest
134 S China Lake Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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Counselor in Mammoth Lakes
625 Old Mammoth Rd., #201
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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