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More and more women fall prey to substance abuse, despite our best efforts to educate and prevent drug abuse and alcoholism. Sometimes, women in recovery require female-specific programming that caters to a woman’s unique traits, goals, body chemistry and addiction profiles.
A common reason that both men and women start using drugs or drinking is stress, whether it be rooted in careers, relationships or past trauma. Women commonly abuse drugs as a result of abuse or trauma that occurred at a younger age. These events, particularly sexual abuse or violence, stay with a woman for life, lowering her self-esteem, building anxiety and leading her to turn to substances for comfort.
Women also get caught up in drugs or alcohol because of the loneliness they may feel staying home with their children. Many stay-at-home moms feel lonely, yet pulled in many different directions by their children and household.
Another reason women may become increasingly addicted to drugs and alcohol is their body chemistry. Women don’t metabolize drugs or alcohol as well as men, which leads to them feeling the effects in a more dramatic fashion, increasing the risks of addiction. Some studies even suggest that female hormone cycles cause stronger cravings for drugs at certain times during their monthly cycles.
Women tend to abuse substances when alone, so as to hide their problem. Drug abuse among women is often connected to behavioral health issues, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Women can be very good at hiding their addiction, and oftentimes even family members and close friends don’t recognize the problem. It’s crucial for women with substance abuse and behavioral health issues to get help for both at the same times, because women are more likely to visit a primary care doctor or psychiatrist instead of a substance abuse treatment provider.
Once women begin abusing drugs, the problem develops rather quickly. They can typically go from experimenting to addiction to treatment in a shorter time span than most men. And when women receive treatment, they are more likely than men to stay sober long-term.
Some treatment facilities specialize in drug rehab for women and even mothers of young children. These facilities are open to allowing children to come for supervised visits, or in some cases, will allow kids to live at the facility with their mother. In this way, mother and child are able to continue to work on their relationship, while the mom works on her sobriety. These facilities will usually offer programs and therapy for the children also, who are so drastically impacted by their parent’s addiction.
Many women risk losing custody of their children because of drug abuse. Those with a genuine desire to get better and stay sober can work toward getting their children back. It takes a lot of hard work and surrendering to those willing to help, but drug abuse certainly does not have to ruin a family forever.
Women’s drug rehab offers the same services and amenities you’ll find at a traditional treatment facility, plus additional programming that targets issues more commonly known to affect women. At a women’s rehab you’ll find:
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