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Women and Addiction

August 15, 2011

Though drug addiction affects both men and women, it affects women differently. The differences show up during addiction and it is through a treatment plan that is geared specifically toward women.
Serenity Acres treats both men and women with an emphasis on individualized treatment that deals with gender issues as well as other unique issues. Because we mix traditional therapy with holistic methods, our treatment is comprehensive and all encompassing.

The Physical and Mental Dangers of Addiction and Women
The likelihood of a woman using and becoming addicted to drugs is just as high as that for a male. Women typically become addicted more quickly and more severely than men. Significant problems for women due to drug addiction include extreme weight loss and poor nutrition, depression and other mental disorders, low self-esteem, infectious diseases including sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and hepatitis C, heart health and blood pressure problems. A history of physical or sexual abuse often contributes to addiction issues in women.
The Silent Danger: HIV/AIDS
In any addict, male or female, the risk of contracting infectious diseases through sex or IV drug use is higher than that of the general population. HIV/AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death for women between the ages of 12 and 45 in the United States. Whether they share contaminated drug paraphernalia or have sex with infected partners while under the influence, drug addiction increases a woman’s chances that she will contract HIV. About 62 percent of women with HIV contracted the virus due to needles or by having sex with an IV drug user. If these women are pregnant or become pregnant while infected and don’t know their status, the risk extends to the baby as well.
Getting Help Before It’s Too Late
Women, in general, are less likely to get the drug addiction treatment they need than are men. Reasons for this include wanting to avoid the stigma associated with drug addiction and drug rehab and trying to “self-treat” or quit at home without help. Women may fear losing their children, losing their job, going to jail or other consequences. Women may need assistance with childcare or medical attention if they are pregnant that many drug rehabilitation centers may not offer.
Serenity Acres and the Addicted Woman
At Serenity Acres, we offer everything that a woman needs to get the treatment that she needs. From an specialized, woman focused treatment plan, therapists trained in women’s issues, specialized nutrition plans, and more. Treatment plans are constantly re-assessed and altered as necessary to make sure that each woman receives the attention she needs. If you have questions about what we have to offer women at Serenity Acres, contact us today at 800-335-7440

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