Women and Substance Abuse and Addiction

While substance abuse and addiction are detrimental to anyone’s health women’s struggles with alcohol and drugs are from the onset of the abuse and addiction to the treatment process, very different from her male counterpart.

Over the years, scientists have conducted numerous studies on women’s drug use and have identified many factors such as hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, breastfeeding, and menopause which can all impact women’s drug use, abuse, and addiction. The reasons women have stated they use drugs also differs from many reporting controlling weight, fighting exhaustion, and coping with pain as contributing factors. It is recognized in the medical field that men and women abuse substances differently but how much does that affect treatment and recovery?

When it comes to recovering from an addiction, treatment for substance abuse is different for men and women. While men may use larger amounts of drugs, for women, substance use tends to progress a lot quicker from first use to addiction. Withdrawal may also be more intense for women and some methods of detox may not work as well for women as they do for men. Scientists have also come to discover that drug cravings are also very different in women and that may be more or less based on hormones and a woman’s menstrual cycle. With the fluctuation of hormones, women are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and stress which can increase the likelihood of drug use and even overdose has been reported to be higher in women than in men. In order to develop the best addiction treatment plan, it’s important to take these factors into consideration. What works for one person may not work for another and having a treatment plan that specifically pays attention to hormone levels, menstrual cycles, the occurrence of menopause, and other issues women commonly face is the best way to help reduce the risk of relapse.

In addition, women experience psychological issues such as divorce, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, loss of children, and other stressful events in a much different way than men do. It’s important for women to recognize when they are vulnerable and susceptible to abuse substances in order to hide the pain, and take action by seeking the help of a mental health counselor. Also, specialized support groups can be of great help. For those women who are currently struggling with addiction a specialized and comprehensive addiction treatment program is what is mostly recommended.

At Florida Center for Recovery, we have been providing private addiction treatment programs for women since 2002 offering all-inclusive inpatient detox, individual and small group counseling, intensive family therapy, and Rapid Resolution Therapy (trauma therapy). In addition, we offer an array of supportive therapies to treat our client’s physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

If you or someone you love need information about our women inpatient rehab programs, please contact our admissions office at: 800-851-3291

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