The loved one may begin to develop trust issues due to the perceived lack of respect, honesty, and loyalty.
Anger and violence can become concerns as a relationship deteriorates.
Frustrations will be high, but if someone is using a substance that is known to cause aggression, the situation may be even more dangerous.
Some research indicates that substance abuse may increase the aggressive response of individuals with low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
There is, however, still “no evidence that batterers are ‘hard wired’ for (or predisposed to) violence, nor that their socialization or choice-making processes are not operational when using substances.”Research indicates that there may be a correlation between the risk of domestic violence and certain personality characteristics.
Violence may be triggered by conflict over alcohol use (or ending such use), or in the process of obtaining and using substances, particularly illegal drugs.
Other research indicates that a battered woman may use substances with her abuser in order to attempt to manage the violence and increase her safety; her abuser may also force her to use substances with him.
When addiction enters the mix, many of the elements that make for successful relationships become much more difficult to maintain.
Once a substance user progresses from occasional use to addiction, they are likely to have a single focus: obtaining and using the substance.
Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction can damage social health.