Teen dating violence and substance abuse
When one partner has a drinking or drug problem, a vicious cycle can occur.
The issues created by their habit (like financial stress, neglect of responsibilities, or legal problems) may lead to fighting with their partner, and then to take the stress off, they may drink or use more drugs.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
That’s who I am when I’m high.” You might hear stuff like this from an abusive partner who’s also abusing alcohol or drugs.
Drugs and alcohol increase the risk for dating violence, and people who are victims of dating violence are at increased risk for using drugs and alcohol.
Drugs and alcohol lead to poor choices Being drunk or drugged can make someone more likely to physically or emotionally hurt a person with whom they’re in a relationship.
Five years later, those who answered yes to any of these questions were more likely to be involved in unhealthy behaviors.
In particular, girls who had been victims of dating violence as teens were more likely to binge drink, have symptoms of depression, smoke, and think about suicide as young adults, compared with girls who were in healthier relationships.