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Key Risk Factors That Lead Women to Addiction

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Drug & alcohol addiction is a complex illness that has many harmful effects. It can be triggered by various factors such as genetics, environment, and social relationships. Many women suffering from substance abuse are survivors of sexual or physical abuse. This makes them more susceptible to experiencing substance use struggles. Families with a history of substance abuse are also likely to have this effect.

These risks for women can include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Previous childhood trauma
  • Eating disorders associated with drug use
  • Previous sexual assault
  • Difficulty ending relationships with drug users

The factors that lead a woman to drug dependency are much different than those that influence a man’s path to addiction. For women, addiction can come from:

  • Loss
  • Abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Trauma
  • Parenting issues
  • Social phobias
  • Self-esteem problems

There are also significant differences in the types of drugs women turn to, and how they use them. Women often abuse prescription opioids or amphetamines in order to meet all of their family and work responsibilities. Once addicted, they may avoid treatment for a variety of reasons:

  • Fear of losing their children
  • Worry about finding childcare while they are in treatment
  • Worry about neglecting their family responsibilities
  • Concerns of financial instability during treatment

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