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Although similarities exist amongst drug use and addiction for men and women, there are also many differences in initial causes of use, side-effects, and treatment. These differences range from emotional factors,physical tendencies, biology, and the body chemistry of women and men. Studies show that is easier for women to become dependent on drugs or alcohol and may cause them to suffer from the devastating consequences of addiction faster. Understanding the differences amongst addiction for men and women is extremely important for effective recovery. Women are highly complex individuals who oftentimes deal with their emotions much differently than their male counterparts. For these reasons alone, women-specific treatment options are available to help women who struggle with addiction back on track to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Mental health issues or traumatic situations can take control of the strongest individual and lead them down the path towards substance dependency and addiction. Common issues that women suffer from include:
- Low self-esteem
- Low confidence
- Feelings of loneliness
- Feeling powerless
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Feelings of inadequacy
Due to differences in physiology amongst gender, it is proven that women metabolize alcohol and drugs differently than men do. Typically, one drink for a man has twice the impact on a woman. Women also tend to have more access to prescribed drugs to help with issues such anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses. This can pave the way for possible dependence and addition to these drugs due how readily available they are.
At times, women experience emotional trauma or stressful situations and may turn to drugs or alcohol to help them deal with these issues. Other times, a woman's partner may be involved with drugs or alcohol, leaving a greater chance that she may start using the substance herself. They may feel that it could help strengthen their relationship or are afraid that their loved one may leave them if they don't also participate in drug or substance abuse.
Due to social, cultural, and familial patterns, entering into rehab centers has become difficult for women. However, alarmingly enough, over 4 million women in the U.S. use drugs or alcohol. Here at The Treatment Helpline, our goal is to make it easier for women to get the help that they need. Shame or guilt typically will deter women from seeking or entering treatment. Other reasons why women are may be reluctant to get help include:
- They have no one to take care of our children while being away
- They are scared of losing their children
- They are scared of being punished because of their addiction
- They are scared of violence from partners and shame from families
No matter the reason, The Treatment Helpline is here to help every step of the way towards a sober lifestyle. We have been on the other side of recovery and want to see to it that you or your loved one gets the help that is needed. Call today at 877-746-3835 to learn more about women-specific treatments and how we can help you get started today. Our counselors are here 24/7 to confidentially take your call.