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The Connection between Addiction and ViolenceAccording to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports of 20101, the municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough make the fifth most dangerous metropolitan area in the U.S. The rankings result from four categories of violent crime in U.S. metros with populations greater than 200,000. The key categories included murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. In addition, a study (2) conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center indicates that more than half of all Anchorage women have been victims of domestic or sexual assault.

Types of Violence

Violence is associated with a person or group seeking control over family, household members, intimate partners, colleagues or other groups. Violence comes in any of the following forms:

  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Spiritual
  • Cultural
  • Verbal
  • Financial
  • Neglect

In any form, violence and abuse affect a person’s health and well-being.

Violence Associated with Addiction

Addiction, whether it is to a drug or alcohol, is commonly associated with violence. When an Anchorage resident is under the influence, she often feels uninhibited and more aggressive. This combination often results in violent acts that may include abusing family members, assault and homicide. Sexual assault and rape are common problems among those who abuse substances. Attackers often feel the previously mentioned aggression, but inebriated victims may be confused and unable to defend themselves.

Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs also factors into vandalism, which may mean graffiti, destroying public or private property and theft. While these acts of violence may not violate Anchorage residents directly, they do cause considerable problems. Violence often involves one person affecting another, but self-injury and suicide are also common acts of violence that stem from drugs and alcohol.

Anchorage Addiction Help

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and become either an aggressor or victim of violence, seek professional help. You may not be violent, but addiction changes the way you think, feel and behave, because it is a disease that impacts your brain. It changes your priorities, causes you to become obsessive about drugs and alcohol and drives your actions. You lose sight of your responsibilities, your ability to enjoy life and you become a casualty of the disease. However, Anchorage residents can break these issues with professional help.

Anchorage Help Breaking Addiction and Violence

The greatest victim of addiction is the users, but Anchorage drug addicts can regain control and learn to live in recovery. There is no quick fix for addiction, but with support you can get well. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime to explore treatment options and determine the best choice for your unique needs.