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Addiction and abuse often go hand-in-hand, whether because the person with the addiction is abusing others or because the person has an addiction in part because of abuse they have suffered or are suffering. For most people, the term “abuse” brings to mind images of physical confrontations or, at a minimum, angry shouting. However, as we explain to people at our addiction rehab in Sacramento, there is another form of abuse that is often referred to as “quiet abuse.” And, it can be every bit as damaging as other types.
Quiet abuse can occur in many ways. And because it isn’t physical in nature, it can be difficult to see that someone is being victimized. In fact, because it can be very subtle, sometimes both the victim and the perpetrator are unaware it’s happening. But even so, it can be very harmful in the long term.
Here are some of the more common types of quiet abuse:
Often people who commit quiet abuse or are the victims of it try to rationalize it away, telling themselves that it is deserved. However, just like there is never a reason for physical or verbal abuse, there is no excuse for this more subtle form of attack.
The programs at our addiction rehab in Sacramento are designed to address substance use problems and to help people understand and deal with the abuse that is often associated with them. Give us a call to learn more about our services.