The Truth About Female Drug Abuse Statistics

From Lindsay Lohan to Oprah Winfrey, there are dozens of famous female drug addicts that have, thankfully, overcome the effects of drugs and alcohol. There are others that have sadly passed away due to their struggles with drugs or alcohol. While these stories of addiction are difficult, they do serve as a reminder of what is important when talking about women’s issues in recovery for addiction: recovery itself. Female drug abuse statistics give us quite a bit of insight into what is important when discussing women’s issues in recovery from addiction. Not only that, but this research also gives us ideas for women’s recovery group ideas, gender differences in substance abuse treatment, and what it’s like being a woman in recovery. We Are Here to Answer Your Questions About Gender & Addiction Substance abuse among females is not uncommon – but what does it look like? [...]

6 Reasons Why Trauma and Addiction Go Together Like Barbie and Ken

There are no two ways around it:  trauma often leads to addiction. The trauma and addiction statistics below are shocking, but tell an important story: Seven out of ten adults in the United States have reportedly experienced a traumatic event in the past – and at least twenty percent of those who experience trauma later develop post traumatic stress disorder. Around 1 in 10 Americans are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. These numbers are surprising for some. But they paint the picture for how integrally connected trauma, substance abuse and addiction are. What is Trauma – and How is it Connected to Addiction and Substance Abuse? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that trauma is any event or circumstance experienced by an individual that leaves a lasting impact on mental, physical, social or emotional wellbeing because it was either physically or emotionally [...]

2017-09-05T21:15:45+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Addiction Information|0 Comments

7 Gender Differences Between Men and Women When it Comes to Addiction

People tend to downplay the differences between men and women, especially with the importance of gender equality. But there is at least one area where gender differences really do play a role: substance abuse and addiction. Not only that, but there are also differences in the way men and women seek out and react to addiction treatment once they are in recovery. Simply put, there are gender differences in drug abuse. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. “National data consistently show that gender is an important factor to consider when examining patterns of substance abuse, such as overall prevalence rates and substances of choice.” ~ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration There you have it, folks: there are gender differences between men and women when it comes to addiction. But what do these differences look like? The Difference That Gender [...]

The Astonishing Truth About Alcoholics Anonymous

No one was as surprised about the truth behind Alcoholics Anonymous as I was. I remember the moment I was told that I needed to go to an AA meeting. I can also remember when I was told I needed to keep going back. That wasn’t something I wanted to do at all. Alcoholics Anonymous was for people who couldn’t control their alcohol intake. It wasn’t for people like me. I knew how much I drank, and I felt like I handled it just fine. In fact, I was pretty sure I could quit the next day if I had been asked to. No one wanted to listen to me. They just shuffled me off to my AA meeting and wished me the best of luck. Honestly, it didn’t matter that alcohol was one of the most commonly abused substances among women. This was something I [...]

2017-08-03T18:31:33+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Alcoholism|0 Comments

The Real Risk of Heroin Overdose in Women

In many ways, there is a much higher risk of heroin overdose in women than there is in men. Use of the heroin drug has dramatically increased all over the United States. There are those who believe this is at least partially because of how hard it is to obtain prescription drugs. For many people, and especially for women, prescription drugs are their drugs of choice. They prefer them over anything else. However, in recent years, new laws have been put in place to make them more difficult to get. Some drugs, such as Oxycodone, have also been altered to make them harder to abuse. For these reasons, heroin serves as a suitable substitute for many addicted women. In fact, heroin is listed as one of the most commonly abused drugs among women. What is a Heroin Overdose? A heroin overdose occurs when you take too [...]

2017-08-03T18:28:42+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Addiction Information|0 Comments

The Dangers of and Risks of Heroin Addiction in Women

One of the most dangerous addictions is the heroin addiction. In women, heroin addiction is actually quite common. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, heroin overdoses in women have tripled. Between 2010 and 2013, female heroin overdoses went from .04 to 1.2 for every 100,00 people. This statistic is quite terrifying. However, it certainly speaks to the fact that there is a serious heroin epidemic in the United States. Women are not immune to this terrible drug problem. In fact, heroin is one of the more commonly abused drugs among women. The Dangers of Heroin As a drug, heroin wasn’t always illegal, or considered to be dangerous. It was developed in 1898 as a way to treat morphine addiction and tuberculosis. At first, people didn’t believe it was possible to become addicted to heroin. As a result, many doctors prescribed it for their patients. [...]

2017-08-08T17:56:46+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Addiction Information|0 Comments

Alcoholic Hepatitis Risk in Women

The alcoholic hepatitis risk in women is much higher than it is in men. This is due to a number of factors. If you are a woman who is an alcoholic, you need to be aware of the dangers. It is extremely dangerous to continue to drink alcohol. In doing so, you put yourself at great risk for many diseases. Among these diseases is alcoholic hepatitis.   What is Alcoholic Hepatitis? Alcoholic hepatitis is a condition that occurs when the liver is diseased and inflamed. It is caused by excessively consuming alcohol over a period of time. Anyone who develops alcoholic hepatitis is at risk for a number of medical issues. It can lead to cirrhosis, which is permanent scarring of the liver. It can also eventually lead to liver failure. Research has shown that the mortality rate in severe cases of alcoholic hepatitis is about [...]

2017-08-03T18:22:09+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Alcoholism|0 Comments

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in a Woman’s Body?

Despite the advancements made towards gender equality, the biological differences between women and men remain. Alcohol metabolizes faster in a woman’s body than a man’s. Due to this, males can typically handle greater amounts of alcohol than their female counterparts. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) definition of binge drinking outlines different numbers of drinks for the different sexes: 4 drinks on the same occasion for women and 5 drinks on the same occasion for for men. When considering the chances of developing an Alcohol Use Disorder, the NIAAA established a baseline for low-risk drinking. These rates also allot for different amounts of alcohol for men and women. Women: No more than 3 drinks in a single day; no more than 7 drinks per week Men: No more than 4 drinks in a single day; no more than 14 drinks per week We [...]

2017-06-29T16:35:08+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Alcoholism|0 Comments

Withdrawal Timelines for Various Substances

Any mind-altering drug can cause withdrawals, from nicotine or caffeine to heroin or meth. The withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox the detox often keep people from getting quitting these substances, whether it’s cutting out coffee or putting down the pipe. Withdrawals from alcohol, heroin, or meth are obviously much more excruciating than those of caffeine or nicotine. People avoid getting sober from alcohol and hard drugs in order to avoid experiencing these withdrawal symptoms. The detox process is often difficult and painful, but is worth it for the result of being sober. If you want to get clean, you have to detox and withdraw from your substance of choice at some point. The sooner you stop using, the sooner you never have to deal with detoxification or withdrawals again. We’ve outlined the withdrawal timeline for various substances to give you a better idea of what to [...]

2017-06-29T16:27:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Addiction Information|0 Comments

8 Amazing Women Who Are Rocking Recovery

Hollywood A-list celebrities and Platinum album recording artists seem to be the kings and queens of nightlife, whisking off in stretch limousines to clubs throughout the city. Hollywood isn't all after-parties and bottle service, though. There are dozens of women in recovery from alcoholism or addiction who grace the silver screen and radio stations throughout the country. After witnessing the very public downfalls of Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears splattered across tabloid magazines nationwide, it may seem there is little hope for females in the spotlight. However, there is a better understanding today that women also deal with alcoholism and addiction, not only men. As more people realize this, greater numbers of female celebrities are opening up about their own struggles with drugs and alcohol. Addiction knows few boundaries. It destroys the lives of stars and everyday people alike. Here are eight amazing women living in [...]