February 22, 2016

When it comes to addiction and violence, there is usually at least one common factor. As many alcohol rehabilitation centers in Southern California can tell you, that common factor is control, or a lack thereof. No one wakes up and decides they want to be a violent person or an addict, but a lack of control in one or more areas of your life can lead to just that.

Childhood Behaviors

When someone grows up in a home that includes addiction or violence, they are more likely to show addictive or violent behavior themselves. It isn’t that they want to. Rather, it’s behavior that they know and are comfortable with. As children, they didn’t have any control over the situation, but had to remain in it. As adults, they aren’t able to erase those memories or have control over the past. This childhood trauma tends to build up so that the negative behavior presents itself.

It isn’t just about childhood trauma, either. People who use drugs and alcohol lose some of the control they have over their behaviors as their inhibitions are sedated. Someone who isn’t normally violent may become violent when they are using chemicals of some sort. As many alcohol rehabilitation centers have witnessed, there is often an element of regret afterwards. However, rather than addressing the root of the issue, the addict or violent person tends to use more chemicals, causing more violence, as they become more frustrated with their own behavior. In the end, it is often necessary to show the addict how they might take back some of that control over their life.

If you’re struggling with addiction and violence, and don’t know where to turn, feel free to reach out to the addiction specialists at California Treatment Programs today.

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