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Are all drug addicts usually abusive physically?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by thepieeatingjay, May 22, 2015.

  1. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    For anyone who has these kinds of personality traits in the first place, taking most drugs is only going to exacerbate them and is likely to make them more violent or aggressive. Obviously, all violence isn't a result of drug or substance misuse but I do think it is most of the time. A large majority of violence and aggressive behaviour is caused by drugs like alcohol, crack-cocaine, amphetamine and meth. Additionally, paranoia is largely related to both drug abuse and violence. It's also known that people who suffer with Schizophrenia are more prone to drug addiction whereas the drugs exacerbate their symptoms and when such people become paranoid or get delusional they can react violently, therefore substance misuse is more likely to lead to violence in those cases.
  2. gmckee1985

    gmckee1985 Senior Contributor

    I don't think you can say whether or not drug addicts are abusive physically or not. A lot of that has to do with other factors. If you are an abusive and aggressive person before you are on drugs, chances are you will be the same after you become an addict. Likewise, if you aren't, chances are drugs won't make you so. Drugs can cause changes in behavior, but not necessarily abuse.
  3. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    No, all drug addicts are not physically abusive. Some do not have an aggressive bone in their body, but when they take drugs they become abusive, while others will not harm a fly. Because drugs have the ability to change your behavior one can never predict what the outcome will be. At any time a drug addict could flip and do something that is totally out of character.
  4. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Not all addicts are prone to violence, but since they are under the influence of drugs, they can be easily triggered.
  5. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Eh, I've heard people saying that alcohol just brings out what you usually try to tone down or control, too. And then there are people who believe it is dependent on what sort of alcohol you drink ("Tequila makes me go crazy! Vodka doesn't!"). From that point on, I think people should still be self-aware before they start drinking and own up to their **** if they do something wrong because, usually, nobody forces them to get drunk.
  6. Zyni

    Zyni Community Champion

    I've learned not to say "all" of a group are a certain way, no matter what the specifics. Not all addicts are abusive. Not all men are cheaters, etc. It's never accurate to wrap up such a wide range of personalities in one neat little package, just because they share some similarities.
  7. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    Haha, oh man, I was one of those people who was awesome when tipsy, then I’d sometimes get horny when full-on drunk… and if I had just a little too much, I’d get extremely depressive. It was one of many reasons I stopped. At least I can say I was never violent, though.
  8. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I certainly think there's some people that do become aggressive with the use of drugs - but there's others that it seems to have the opposite effect on. I think for some people it seems to make them over the top cheerful, energetic, and so forth. I think though that the media is obviously going to portray the dangers of drugs and crime if someone did commit a crime whilst under the influence of drugs. I think it's important though for that to be publicized, if for no other reason than a deterrent to others from taking drugs.
  9. superbobby

    superbobby Active Contributor

    Drugs can change the behavior of the user. I was more aggressive when I was still addicted but thankfully I wasn't able to cross the line.
  10. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Hehe, I can for sure relate to this! I usually stop at tipsy. I also don't think I get violent when drunk, but I do get sleepy and stuff, so there's just no point to keep drinking past a point. Though most of the time, I can also say there is no reason to drink at all, too.
  11. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Contributor

    I think that violent behavior is connected to their craving for their vice, be it drugs or alcohol or even cigarette. A craving addict may be dangerous because of that craving. But then again, generally speaking, most addicts I knew were the silent type and some are even with smiling faces.

    More of the violence, we have been reading news of crimes committed by addicts. They really kill and escape with the loot. Almost always, the intention of the crime is to steal money to afford them of their vice.