There are some many conditions that create a stronger potential for child abuse. Some of these conditions are not avoidable, but they must be controlled. Other conditions are entirely avoidable and must be eliminated. Pressure filled situations and emotions are a couple of examples of unavoidable conditions. These are a part of life and can no more be avoided than being tired or hungry. The use of drugs and alcohol is an example of a situation that is avoidable. Whatever type of abuse you make discover, you will often find that the use of drugs and alcohol is a contributing cause.
Some children are abused before they ever enter the world because their mother is using drugs and alcohol during her pregnancy. If you know a mother in this situation, you must do everything within your power to get her some help. Hundreds of babies are born every year already chemically addicted. These mothers should be strongly encouraged to step away voluntarily from these harmful substances. If she will not or cannot do this, there are steps that can be taken to protect the unborn child. Contact your local Child Protective Services to determine your options.
Other children are abused emotionally and physically because they are in alcohol and drug fueled scenarios. Much abuse is the result of uncontrolled emotions. Alcohol and drugs only exacerbate these uncontrolled emotions. Many times the abuser is not even aware that his emotions are in chemical overdrive. Many harmful things are said and done during these episodes. Later, when the emotions are calmed and the “high” is gone, the abuser is extremely remorseful over what was done while emotionally enraged and chemically muddled. It is a perfect example of taking a bad situation and making it worse.
One of the biggest steps that many people could take to eliminate or greatly reduce abusive situations is to remove these stimulants from their lives. The observation of drug and alcohol abuse can also be another clue to note when someone is suspicious that child abuse is occurring.