Can Women Recover from Drug Abuse?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Friday, 06, December 2019

A national survey on drug use and in health in 2015 reported that 5.7% of women in the United States have a substance abuse problem. Men and women go through the treatment and recovery process differently. Women who finish and leave drug rehab are more prone to relapse, because of the environment they may go back to. If underlying issues such as physical abuse or emotional trauma are not treated. A woman is more likely to relapse immediately and return to self-medicating. Women can successfully recover from drug and alcohol abuse. What is important after drug treatment is attending some type of aftercare. For example, women's support groups or on-going counseling is effective. Even staying connected to 12-step programs will ensure the proper support network is there. If a woman has left an abusive environment, it is important to return to a supportive and safe environment.

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Women's sober living communities are especially effective. These are a safe and structured living environment for recovering addicts. Women who attend these programs are living with other women, who have struggled with many of the same problems. Sober living communities allow a woman to rebuild her life. Whether this is searching for new employment, becoming involved with the community, or regaining custody of their children. The recovery process starts with having the proper support network around you. It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure you are capable of handling the problems of life.