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Love and Drugs and Violence

The NIDA Blog Team

It sounds like the name of a new reality show, right? But in real real life, there is a connection between people in abusive dating relationships, and drugs and alcohol.

Actually, it’s a two-way street. 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.

Being drunk or drugged can make someone more likely to physically or emotionally hurt a person they’re in a relationship with. Drugs and alcohol make it harder to keep your emotions in check and to make the right choices.

They also make it easier to act impulsively without thinking through the consequences. And the people on the receiving end of that abuse are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the depression and anxiety that result from being victimized.

Abuse between teens in a romantic relationship is known as Teen Dating Violence. It happens when one person intentionally hurts the other—or when they both do it to each other. Dating violence can be emotional, physical, and/or sexual, and it also includes stalking.

It can be with a current or former partner. It can happen in person or electronically. And it has real consequences for a person’s health, today and in the future.

Abusive relationships don’t always start out that way. Often, they start with teasing, or periods of jealously or being controlling. But as with many unhealthy behaviors, over time it can get worse. For nearly 10 percent of high school students surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Pervention (CDC) in 2013, “worse” means that in the last year they were hit, slapped, or physically hurt by their partner.

The best way to avoid teen dating violence (for those of you allowed to date!) is by having healthy relationships. This doesn’t mean there isn’t any conflict in the relationship, because that isn’t realistic—even for the most in-love people ever. It means both people learning how to resolve their differences respectfully. That can make all the difference.

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month. Learn more by checking out these resources:

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Communication and letting your significant other know how you feel is the start of a healthy and honest relationship.
i agree
so do i
i agree
If someone had enough respect for someone they love they would not harm them in anyway or take a thing that would make them harm them physical
I totally agree with this Article. I feel drugs do affect a lot of things.
i also agree with this article because of all this people that are in danger idk what it is called when u got some type of water in ur lungs
I know right! I hate have abusive relationships! I feels like I can't escape the pain and torture. I wish drugs didn't exist.
amen to that you all are very right about this

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