Women and Addiction: Know the Facts

Posted on Jan 28 2016 - 9:06am by Admin

Recovery Treatment for WomenWomen are generally smaller than men because of hormones. Unfortunately, hormones have also become an Achilles heel for many women who have lost their way due to drug addiction.

Though men still reign supreme numerically, women tend to be more seriously affected by drug dependence. To help them, society must first understand them.

Dangerous Combination

As a whole, males take the lead towards drug addiction. Meaning, they start at an earlier age, and in greater numbers.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2013, males were revealed to abuse drugs at higher rates than females. Over 12 percent of male Americans aged 12 years and older were dependent on illegal drugs compared to approximately just 7.3 percent of females in the same age bracket.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Researchers found out that when women use drugs, they develop a much sinister form of addiction than men, a Journal of Substance Abuse article detailed.

Tailoring Help

Such findings only made one thing clear: treatment programs designed for men may fall short when it comes to helping women. Until recently, most researches focused on the dangers of men’s addiction. Fortunately, society is doing timely adjustments.

Today, a slew of women recovery centers exist all over the country. Being gender-specific, Vizown.com says these centers allow women to find the path to a sober lifestyle, one free from drugs or alcohol abuse, faster.

Managed by women, these centers let affected women find themselves and the roots of their problems more naturally – which often has something to do with men. This is apparent in group discussions where these women point to traumatic experiences in the hands of men (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence).

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It’s truly a specific solution to a specific problem.