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Women and Substance Abuse
The most often used theory on why more and more women are abusing and getting addicted to substances is the effect of estrogen on the action of certain drugs. Studies show that estrogen affects dopaminergic signaling in the brain. As dopamine is inherently connected to decision-making especially in terms of immediate gratification, changes in estrogen levels can have a profound impact on the effects of certain substances particularly stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines. In a 2014 study linking estrogen with dopamine, lower estrogen levels predispose women for immediate gratification which can be supplied by using illicit drugs and even alcohol. In essence, estrogen regulates the levels of dopamine that are secreted by the body in response to the amount of illicit substance the individual consumes.
In addition to the estrogen theory, other physiologic factors can come into play in the development of substance abuse among women. Women have smaller body frames as well as greater proportion of body fat to lean muscle tissues. Some addicting substances are stored in these adipose tissues making the addicting effects last significantly longer. Furthermore, their metabolic rates are naturally slower compared to men and as such the longer amount of time that the substance is present in the bloodstream makes the woman particularly vulnerable to the effects of prolonged exposure to the addicting substance. The net effect is such that women only require significantly smaller and less frequent doses of substances in order to get addicted.
Another important factor in substance addiction among women is the role expectations of society. Women are generally considered as passive, obedient, and less risk-takers. They are not expected to engage in high risk behaviors as well as become remiss in their duties as primary caregivers to their children and as homemakers. For those who are already in the corporate world, admitting one’s addiction problems is considered a suicide as the corporate world doesn’t take too kindly on women who have substance abuse issues.
These severely limits women’s choices when it comes to seeking addiction treatment and rehabilitation. If they do so, they are openly admitting that they are risk-takers and that they are already negligent of their duties and responsibilities to their families. For career women, this usually spells the end of a sterling run. All in all, admission of one’s substance addiction problems brings with it shame and guilt. These are issues that also have to be managed effectively if the woman of today wants to fully recover from her addictions.
Rehab Treatment for Women, the Sprout Way
Sprout Health Group recognizes the dilemma women substance abusers and addicts have to go through. We understand the double-standards that society sometimes have. Our team of licensed counselors and therapists know that what women need is a treatment and rehabilitation program that is nonjudgmental and non-condescending. The last thing they would ever need is for someone to tell them how wrong they were in using illicit drugs and alcohol.
Rather than dwelling in the past, our dedicated therapists will help the individual understand the thoughts that may have helped shape their behavior, particularly their use of illicit drugs or alcohol. Together, we will explore things that you may have already tried before that can be further strengthened. With our comprehensive assessment and diagnostic tests, we can identify other potential health problems that might complicate your addiction issues. Known as dual diagnosis, these conditions can co-occur together with your addiction and make treatment especially challenging.
At Sprout Health Group, we work with you to identify treatment programs that are specific to your needs. While we don’t necessarily have gender-specific treatment programs, our regimens are highly individualized enough to make sure that you will be able to achieve your treatment goals. Complementary therapies will be provided to support our mainstream Cognitive Behavioral Therapy regimen, as well as a host of other evidence-based therapeutic programs. Music and art therapy, equine therapy, yoga, meditation, as well as psychodrama have all been used extensively by our previous clients.
We firmly believe that you deserve to recover from your addictions. We also believe that we provide you with the best chances of completing your treatment and achieving life goals. For the woman of today, you clearly don’t have to be alone in facing your substance addiction problems. We are here as a trusted friend and as a partner in your journey to recovery.