The Root Of The Problem

There is a lot of talk about Bullying (both of Children and Adults) and the effect it has on people mentally, emotionally and physically. Discussion is good, action is better, treating the root of the problem is always the best solution – but often the most difficult.

Bullying is an injury to both parties – and both parties require help to make it stop. Often someone who is marked as a “Bully” continues to do so largely to live up to the reputation; but also out of the fear that a bigger Bully may set on them. The Bullies we see are often are the creation of Other Bullies we’re unaware of; for every Bully pushing someone around, there are frequently two others pushing that Bully to do more.

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at

Sometimes, Bullying can be both the cause and effect of substance abuse. The act itself is certainly a prime candidate in addictive behaviour; a struggle to have and keep power over others and the “rush” that provides.

Recently I was contacted by the folks at about the work they’re doing in the community with exactly these problems. Their website is a valuable resource to educate others about problems of abuse and how to get treatment. On just this topic, they have a concise section about Bullying and it’s links to substance abuse – in addition to other informative articles and information about Domestic Abuse (another form of Bullying). Please go read the page and share it with those you care for – and those who may need the help.


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