Women and Substance Abuse

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., women are one of the fastest-growing segments of drug users in the U.S. An estimated 4.5 women have a substance use disorder, 3.5 million misuse prescription drugs, and 3.1 million regularly use illicit drugs. This costs more than 200,000 women their lives each year. If you are addicted to alcohol, opioids or other drug forms, please call a help hotline and find a therapist today. You didn’t become addicted on purpose, and there’s lots of hope out there for you.

As a woman, you may struggle with drugs because of biology. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, scientists who study substance use have discovered special issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause that can impact drug use. In addition they report, women themselves describe unique reasons for using drugs, like controlling weight, fighting exhaustion, coping with pain, and self-treating mental health problems.

According to studies women react to pain differently than men, and in hospital settings, can require double amounts of medication like morphine. Statistics and research are one form of prevention. When it comes down to yourself or a loved one who is addicted, taking action now can save a life.

Women often self-medicate to cope with overwhelming feelings and emotions. Women’s trauma from sexual harassment, incest, rape, violence in the home, puts them at a high risk for addiction and mental health issues like post traumatic stress disorder. Recovering from the trauma, a disorder directly related to the trauma, and addiction can be a woman’s life work. The work is necessary, noble and courageous.

Finding a women only group can be instrumental when dealing with the myriad of emotions and feelings with which you have to cope when getting clean and sober. A man in the room struggling from addiction himself, may nonetheless be a trigger you don’t need.

Get help, get clean and sober, dig down deep, and have courage. You’ll find yourself again, your voice, your self-esteem, your kindness, and your strength.

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”—Helen Keller

Infinity Malibu offers gender-specific group therapy for women, individualized therapy and a luxurious environment in which to begin your healing process. Put yourself and your life first. Call 855-608-8495 today. The miracle of recovery awaits.


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