It seems that more and more women are turning to alcohol and drugs these days. Perhaps it’s due to the high amount of stress they deal with in life when it comes to working, parenting, and taking care of numerous chores and tasks.
In the United States alone, approximately 2.7 million women abuse alcohol and drugs. Drug abuse in women is oftentimes a result of chronic stress, relationships, and having a partner who abuses drugs.
In many instances, women who abuse drugs normally have a partner with drug and substance abuse issues. Although drug abuse is more widespread in men, women are equally predisposed to drug abuse following initiation. Women usually begin abusing drugs for different reasons than men, their addiction habits tend to vary, and they also recover differently than men much of the time.
Women and prescription drugs
As a result of shame and stigmatization, the probability of women getting addicted to prescription drugs is much higher. Women prefer to take the pills when alone and hide it from their friends and family members. Women are also less likely to seek help for their addiction because of a number of reasons. These include the fear of getting separated from their families, viewing their addiction a habit or a social activity, or regarding their addiction as a result of anxiety or depression. Therefore, they try to treat the underlying issue rather than the addiction itself. In addition, women are oftentimes afraid and embarrassed of admitting that they are struggling with addiction, and as such, they try to hide their addiction from friends and relatives.
On the flip side, addiction is considered to be an unnatural process for women, but recovery on the other hand, is a natural process. The female brain is naturally designed to connect with others. It for this reason that programs such as the 12 step program and support groups are more appealing to women. The support women get when they share their problems with other individuals in similar situations is all they need to stay drug free.
Effects of abuse in other areas
Women should take note that the impact that drugs have on them is double that of men. It’s not just the euphoric feeling - this impact includes some damage on body organs like the brain, liver, kidneys, among others. It is important for women to seek help for their addiction because when a woman uses drugs or drinks alcohol, it can directly or indirectly affect those around them, such as their family and close friends.
Women tend to be a bit more complicated than men in areas like emotional issues, distinct psychology, hormonal imbalances and general lifestyle, and this may impact on their addiction and recovery. As a woman, when seeking treatment for your addiction, it is important to take your individual needs into consideration. Interesting to note that women are more likely to complete their treatments as compared to men. They are also more likely to have positive results in their treatments.
If you happen to be struggling with addiction, please take the time to reach out for help. There is a beautiful life outside of addiction and there are many substance abuse professionals ready and willing to assist you get started. Reach out for help today.
About the Author: Dominica Applegate is dedicated to the art of self-discovery, creative expression, and raw truth. A sought-after author + writer, she founded and runs Life Junkie, an online magazine dedicated to sparking a genuine love + life revolution. When she’s not scribbling up a storm, you can find her devouring books and dreaming up all sorts of creative ventures. Her creations include the Overcoming Codependency eCourse and eBook, Recycle Your Pain: It Has a Purpose. She is laboriously working on a book proposal for her memoir. Learn more at DominicaApplegate.com.