When people think of substance abuse or addiction, they rarely consider how the disease impacts women. Confronting addiction or even admitting the disease has taken hold of someone is always a challenge. But when it comes to how addiction impacts women, the disease is even more complex. It’s difficult for many to admit to themselves or others their mother, sister, or daughter may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. But more important than anything else is finding treatment. With the right support from professional but compassionate experts, women can heal.
At Crossroads Maine, we understand that drug abuse and dependence is a severe condition that requires specialized treatment. Addiction impacts every person differently. Therefore, our addiction treatment specialists have developed a variety of programs and treatment options to help women at all stages and levels of addiction. Find out about the treatment options available at Crossroads Maine online or by calling 877.978.1667.
Addiction In Women
Men are two times as likely to use and abuse substances. However, women are more likely to transition from casual drug use to dependence and addiction. More often than not, women’s addiction is the result of many other factors, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Bipolar or personality disorders
- Eating disorders
- Trauma and violence
For many women, substance use starts as a coping mechanism but leads to more serious dependence. For instance, many women feel overwhelmed trying to raise their children while fulfilling professional expectations. Alternatively, they may begin using medications their doctors provide to manage mental health conditions. However, they quickly find that they need more of the substance to get relief. This situation is what is known as dependence, which means that the body begins to adapt and rely on the drug or alcohol to function.
Substances also rewire the brain, flooding it with dopamine, the body’s natural ‘feel-good chemical.’ As a result, the body no longer remembers how to produce dopamine alone. The body begins to crave it to satisfy this need.
Finding The Right Program
When someone you love suffers from an addiction, finding treatment is an excellent step into the future. At our women’s treatment center, we proudly offer trauma-informed treatment programs rooted in evidence-based methods. Our treatment center offers a distraction-free, structured, and safe environment for your loved one. We also provide a robust foundation for her recovery using a range of activities, services, and therapies, giving her the tools she needs to stay in recovery.
In addition, we know that addiction affects women from each walk of life, and many women don’t seek treatment because they want to be near their children. They may also fear that they don’t have access to long-term childcare, preventing them from leaving their little ones at home. Fortunately, our treatment center offers a treatment program for women with children, which is open to those who are pregnant or have children under age five. This treatment option is also ideal for those who want to reunify their family. With this treatment option, your loved one can receive residential treatment as well as childcare, parenting classes, support group meetings, and counseling.
We provide a broad range of evidence-based, therapeutic programs and services for addiction recovery, including:
- Trauma therapy
- Psychotherapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Family therapy program
- Yoga therapy
- Acupuncture therapy
Contact Crossroads Maine
Recovery is not just about being free from the substance but about addressing and treating the underlying issues. It is about creating a recovery plan to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety.
Treatment and therapy are just the first steps to a more fulfilling, healthy life. If you or someone you know is facing drug abuse or dependence, contact us through the online form or call 877.978.1667 today.