Study finds majority of male drug addicts abuse their partners

By Staff Writer

Six out of every 10 male drug addicts have abused their female partners, and many are aware of the negative impacts of their actions, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Grenada.

The study findings showed that 51 percent of the male participants who were being treated for addictions to cocaine, heroin and alcohol recognized their abusive actions, but they believed these were the only tactics that could prevent their partners from ending the relationship.

Most addicts practiced psychological abuse, according to research results. More than 63 percent of subjects admitted that they forced their partner to account for her whereabouts and report all daily activities.

One of the researchers said she believes that women sometimes remain in abusive relationships because they want to believe in true love regardless of the reality of their situations.

It is also possible that some partners believe that their loved ones will stop abusing them if they quit using drugs.

Drug rehab programs may rid addicts of their chemical dependencies. Therapy sessions can also help these individuals manage feelings of aggression that can lead to abuse.