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The Connection between Addiction and Violence

The Connection between Addiction and ViolenceAccording to City Rating, a firm that tracks crime rates, Des Moines’s violent crime rate in 2010 was higher than the violent crime rate in the rest of Iowa by 93.47%, and the city property crime rate was higher than the property crime rate by 115.63%. Compared to national averages, Des Moines’s violent crime rate in 2010 was higher than the national average by 31.11%, and the city property crime rate was higher than the national rate by 64.37%.

Causes of Violence

As heinous crimes in the United States receive media attention, specialists are researching the causes of violence. Federal and state law enforcement, psychology departments in major universities and research facilities that focus on the brain all strive to identify the causes of violence. Some causes of violence include the following issues:

  • Media
  • Substance abuse
  • Gangs
  • Unemployment
  • Weapons
  • Poverty
  • Peer pressure
  • Broken homes/poor family environment/bad neighborhoods
  • Intolerance/ignorance

Des Moines residents may be unable to control many of these variables, but they can choose either to avoid drugs or get clean from addiction.

Causes of Substance Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research shows that people generally take drugs to feel good. In this case, Des Moines residents may experiment with drugs to treat their problems, which could be as serious as grief and trauma or as benign as boredom. However, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration identifies the following factors of addiction:

  • 58.1 percent of males and 45.9 percent of females aged 12 or older were current drinkers
  • Adults are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts if they have a past depressive disorder, and they reported binging on alcohol within the past month
  • Approximately 3 million youths were at risk for suicide, but youths who reported alcohol use in the past year were twice as likely to attempt suicide

Additionally, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports the following 2006 statistics:

  • Two-thirds of victims who suffered violence by an intimate friend reported that alcohol had been a factor
  • Among spousal abuse victims, 75% of the incidents were reported to have involved a drinking offender
  • An estimated 31% of stranger victimizations were perceived to be alcohol-related
  • Almost four in ten violent crimes involve alcohol
  • About four in ten criminal offenders report that they used alcohol at the time of their offense
  • Of 5.2 million victims of violence, 27% believed their attackers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol was involved with 86% of homicides, 37% of assaults, 60% of sexual offenses, up to 57% of men and 27% of women involved in marital violence and 13% of child abuse cases.

Des Moines Help for Breaking Addiction and Violence

The greatest victim of addiction is the user, but she can regain control of her life and recover from this disease. There is no quick fix for addiction, but Des Moines residents can get well if they have the right help. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time to explore these treatment options and determine what choice is best for you.