Rehab Treatment for Women
What Rehabilitation is Like for Women Today
Addiction doesn’t discriminate between genders. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, you can still become addicted and if you do, it will change your life. However, the way addiction affects your life is different for each and every person it affects, and gender does play a role in how you are affected.
Women in today’s society face many challenges that are difficult to cope with no matter what their situation is like. When you add an addiction to the mix, these challenges become more complicated and more difficult than ever.
Complications of Addiction Specific to Women
- Societal pressures of being the caretaker of the family and children:
- Women are often expected to be the primary caretakers of the family and the children. When a mother is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are often deemed by society as unfit for raising a family. This puts added pressure on women to hide their addiction and causes them to feel more shame, which often increases the problem behind the addiction.
- Drug and alcohol use throughout pregnancy has become more and more common and is a serious problem. Many women know the harmful effects that substance abuse has on an unborn child are afraid to get help because of the shame they feel for using while pregnant.
- Childcare is a very common reason for women to avoid getting help for their addiction. Although getting help would be the best option, many mothers feel that they need to be there for their children to take care of them and to protect them. Mothers can also be afraid that if they seek help for their addiction, their hildren could be taken away.
- Vulnerability to abuse
- According to the CDC, 1 in 3 women have been victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner. An active addict or an addict in recovery can become more vulnerable than usual when using drugs/alcohol or when going through withdrawal. This puts women in a dangerous position and can discourage women from seeking help.
- Economic barriers
- Although gender equality has been crawling its way into the workforce for many years, women are still paid significantly less. The financial burden can place stress on women and keep them from getting the resources for the help they need. It can also be a factor contributing to addiction, because of the strain it can put on a woman’s life (especially when childcare is involved).
- Media influenced issues with body image and self-esteem
- Body image disorders are much more common among women and it is largely attributed to the importance of unrealistic expectations of beauty portrayed by the media.
- Biological responses to alcohol and drugs
- Women’s bodies respond differently to substance abuse than do men’s bodies. Studies show that while men may endure more brain damage due to substance abuse, women will suffer more damage to the liver. It has also been found that less of any substance will have a higher impact on a woman’s body due to the smaller body size and the smaller amount of enzymes that work to fight off the effects of drugs and alcohol.
Solutions for Women in Recovery
Overcoming addiction is not easy for anyone. Fortunately for women, relapse rates after professional help are much lower than men’s! This can be due to an array of biological, medical, and mental reasons, but is nonetheless an encouraging fact for women in recovery.
If you are a woman or if you know a woman who needs help with an addiction, you must get help now. It can be very hard for a woman to accept help for an addiction when they have so many responsibilities to accommodate, but once the addiction is addressed and treated, life will begin to improve. Call Sprout Health Florida to put an end to addiction and help take control of your life.