Alcoholism Drug Treatment and Women

Alcoholism drug treatment has been a very important part of my recovery. There have been many different types of substances that I have abused throughout my lifetime, but alcohol has always been very prevalent in my story.

There is a lot of research that has been conducted on alcoholism drug treatment. An article I read discussed some of the differences between male and female substance abusers/alcoholics. Apparently, there is a much higher occurrence of physical and/or sexual abuse among female substance abusers than there is among men.

This is of great significance due to the fact that many women are afraid to tell anyone about the abuse they have suffered, even though it may play a large role in why they started to self-medicate in the first place.

Women who have turned to substance abuse as a way to deal with their pain need treatment programs that teach them alternative ways of coping. Simply not drinking is not going to solve an alcoholic’s problems. If part of an alcoholic’s drinking is due to pain she has felt in the past, in particular due to some sort of trauma, then dealing with this needs to be part of a treatment plan. Alcoholism drug treatment is a necessity.

For this reason, some believe that treatment for substance abuse should be more gender focused. Women who are treated in a same sex environment may find it much easier to share information about themselves regarding such issues as children, sexuality, prostitution, sexual abuse, and physical abuse.

This is not to say that men do not self-medicate their emotional pain as well. Anyone can experience abuse or trauma. Generally, the trauma most women experience is imposed on them by men, meaning they may not feel safe in a treatment environment that involves males. It is important for women to be able to share their fears and feelings in a place where they feel safe, and doing this in an all female environment, at least at first, could be very beneficial.

Another important part of any alcoholism drug treatment plan is the role of motivation in relation to staying sober. Successful treatment of substance abuse must include the desire to get well. This is true for all kinds of treatments, whether it be for addiction or dealing with past issues. If a person does not want to get better and stay sober, the chance of success is not so great.

Even though it may take on a different appearance from one organization to another, many feel strongly that all types of substance abuse treatment from Alcoholics Anonymous to psychoanalysis must emphasize the importance of self-motivation. To be strongly motivated most often involves a change in one’s attitude and lifestyle. Unfortunately, people are often afraid of change. We tend to be most comfortable when things remain the same, even if we are miserable.

It has been said that every alcoholic or addict has opposing forces going on at the same time. One force is in the direction of sobriety and the desire to become a healthy, contributing member of society.

However, there is an opposing force that drives the alcoholic in the other direction, toward a life centered around alcohol. This helps explain why it can be so hard for someone to get sober and to stay sober. Part of the alcoholic wants desperately to change his life, but another part is so used to their destructive lifestyle that they cannot imagine changing.

I know from experience that in order to maintain sobriety, an alcoholic or drug addict needs to do more than just stop drinking or using drugs. A constructive substitute for the abused substance must be found. This is a slow, painful process. It demands a radical change in lifestyle, and requires developing new interests and attitudes, new friends or new ways of relating to old friends, and new ways of coping with difficulties.

If an alcoholic stops drinking, but continues to hang out with their drinking buddies, they will likely go back to drinking at some point. An alcoholic or drug addict needs to find new, productive ways of dealing with their problems other than trying to fix them or forget about them through drinking or using drugs.

The combination of psychotherapy and alcoholics anonymous is believed by many to greatly improve an alcoholic’s success rate at staying sober. Many say that involvement in AA helps predict if a person will stay sober or not.

Addiction is an illness and, staying sober and healthy can be difficult. Therefore, I definitely think that taking advantage of all available resources is incredibly important. Alcoholism is a very difficult disease to manage, and we need to be willing to accept all the help we can find. 

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