Getting and staying sober takes courage, especially if you’re a survivor of intimate partner abuse. 

Substance use should never be a barrier to getting help. 

Women who have been abused are 15 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 9 times more likely to abuse drugs than women who have not been abused.  

Some survivors begin drinking more to numb the physical and emotional pain of abuse, while others are forced to drink and use drugs by their abuser.  

A survivor from a partnering Kentucky shelter said, “The drugs are an element of control. If they can keep you on the drugs, using or addicted to the drugs, they’re in control. And it’s like strings on a puppet. They just keep you under control because you want that other hit. You want that other drink.” 

Remember you have survived the trauma of abuse the only way you could. Now, though, the substances are putting your safety at risk and making it harder for your body and mind to heal. With a plan and supportive network, you can live a safe and sober life. 

We can support you along the way with referrals to treatments, specialized support groups for survivors in recovery, and extra help to re-imagine your sober, violence-free life. 

If you need help, call us to talk about your options and days and times of support groups in your area. Our advocates are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to answer questions, make safety plans, and offer support during your healing journey.