Psychological Impact On Substance Abuse Prevention

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Psychological Impact

According to Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, women are the fastest-growing segment for substance abuse in the United States. About 2.7 million women in the United States abuse drugs or alcohol. Women typically enter rehab sooner than men, but they have more psychological distress, and are more likely to suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder (Liff, 2012). Most research on gender-based differences in addiction treatment has focused on organizational issues (such as the greater need to provide women with child care and employment training) rather than on pharmacology. Where addiction really takes a toll is emotionally and spiritually. When a woman is an alcoholic or addict, it can impact the entire family, since women are generally the nucleus of the family. Women start using for different reasons, often due to shame and stigma. Tanya says addiction has had a huge psychological impact on her. In many ways she feels traumatized. The teenager says she put herself in dangerous situations that she never would have been in if she wasn’t under the influence. One night she went home with a man she had just met so she could get high. That’s when it happened. The man forced himself on Tanya and she had no way to escape.

Besides depression, addicted women are more likely to experience co-occurring disorders such as dissociation, post-traumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Mood…
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