Addiction in all forms can severely impact the lives of those who struggle with substance abuse and the loved ones who surround them. While addiction is more common than many people think, affecting 10% of US adults at some point in their lives, it remains highly misunderstood and villainized.
Traumatic life experiences can cause deep emotional, psychological, and possible physical damage to an individual. Although types of traumatic experiences and severity of reaction can vary among different people, most individuals will undergo a similar set of responses.
Religious and spiritual beliefs are important parts of life for many people. Practicing religion is a great way for people to discover their faith, feeling a sense of peace and belonging. With that said, authoritarian religious institutions can be much more intense than most indoctrinations.
During an act of abusive violence, it is common for an abused person to lash out toward their abuser. They may scream, cry, use insults, or even physically defend themselves against the attack. In turn, an assailant may retaliate against them by claiming that the victim is in fact the abuser.