Child Abuse, Unsafe Sex, Violence - Is Addiction To Blame?

Child Abuse, Unprotected Sex, Violence – Is Addiction to Blame?

Story one: A home video depicting Texas judge William Adams, viciously beating his then 16 year old daughter with a belt for upwards of seven minutes has been released. According to the judge’s ex-wife, the regular attacks were a result of the judge’s struggle with addiction, a secret that she had been hiding for years…

Story two: In Michigan, a father of a 9-year-old girl is now facing charges of felony child abuse after he had the 9 year old drive him to the store because he was too intoxicated to drive; endangering himself, his daughter and everyone on the road…

What do these two stories have in common?

They are both clear examples of the dangers and negative consequences (beyond the extensive list of health problems) that can stem from alcohol and drug addiction!

What are some of these negative consequences?

  • Becoming uncharacteristically isolated, withdrawn, angry, or depressed
  • Alcohol puts you at greater risk of losing your temper and becoming aggressive
  • 70% of college students admit to engaging in unplanned sexual activity primarily as a result of drinking, or to having sex they wouldn’t have had if they had been sober

“When I was in college I got drunk and had sex with three different men in one night. After I sobered up I was incredibly ashamed of myself…”

  • Heavy drinking can lead to a blackout in which an individual can remain conscious and be able to hold conversations, complete tasks, etc. yet will be unable to remember what they did during that time
  • Alcohol and drug abuse also make individuals more likely to participate in high risk activities such as unprotected sex, driving under the influence, vandalism, etc.

Alcohol and drug addiction have touched more than 85 million Americans, gravely affecting both those struggling with addiction and their loved ones. The problem is, not enough of the 85 million Americans see the signs of their addiction and seek proper alcohol and drug rehab treatment. It is important to recognize the dangers it is causing you and your family.

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