May is National Women’s Health Month, a sensible time for all women to consider if the occasional drink has turned into a full-blown addiction. Sadly, we are often blindsided by habit formation. A new habit can be created in just two weeks. Our ability to quickly form new habits can be positive but can also get us in serious trouble.
The Department of Health & Human Services offers basic guidelines about women’s health to promote awareness, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA provides general information about addiction and mental health. However, if you have a substance abuse disorder, there are specialized treatment options through a women’s rehab program that can offer immediate support.
Fresh Start Recovery Center has expertly trained clinicians ready to help you battle your addiction. Reach out to us online today or call us at 833.625.0398.
Take Back Control of Your Life This Women’s Health Month
In the past, alcohol use disorder and addiction were considered the result of a personal flaw or lack of moral conviction. Tragically, there are those who still believe this to be true. The reality is that medical professionals now see addiction as a long-term illness. Addiction is not so different from a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes.
Signs of Substance Abuse Disorder
There are many signs of addiction. They may include some or all of the following:
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Loss of control
- Decreased libido
- Weight loss
Unfortunately, even taken together, these symptoms may not be a clear indication of addiction. However, if you suspect that you have an addiction, these signs may indicate it’s time to seek treatment.
Are You Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms?
One of the most prevalent signs of addiction is experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use substances. Signs of withdrawal due to dependence on a substance can include:
- Muscle pain
- Increased agitation
- Mood instability
- GI problems
- Cognitive distortions
- Disrupted sleep
- Excessive fatigue
These symptoms indicate it’s time to seek treatment at Fresh Start Recovery Center.
Fresh Start Recovery Center Offers Comprehensive Treatment Options
Specialized treatment options include the following and more:
- Medical detox
- Holistic therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Post-rehab planning
Fresh Start’s women-only treatment program creates a safe space for recovery. Many women seeking treatment have issues that overlap with their primary reason for seeking assistance. This is because women who struggle with addiction have often also experienced trauma from domestic abuse or sexual assault.
Sources of trauma often lead someone to use substances as a means of coping. But we know that self-medicating is not the answer.
Specialized women’s addiction treatment is essential. There are distinct gender differences when it comes to how men and women experience substance abuse disorders.
Additional Reasons Why Women Are at Greater Risk
Women can become addicted from repeated use of a smaller amount of an addictive substance over a shorter period of time. Women’s bodies metabolize substances in a way unlike that of men. The result is that women are at greater risk of overdose. Women are also known to experience stronger cravings once dependent on a substance and are more prone to relapse due to hormonal shifts.
Women are at risk for mental health disorders due to difficult life situations such as:
- Child custody issues
- Increased pressure at work
- The death of a partner
Women are also more susceptible to anxiety, depression, and panic attacks when they use addictive substances. Gender-specific rehabilitation facilities provide a safe space for women to recover.
If any of this is sounding like you or someone you care about, contact Fresh Start Recovery Center either using our secure online form or by phone at 833.625.0398 to learn more about our treatment plans.
Reach Out to Fresh Start Recovery Today
Women-only substance abuse treatment focuses on biological, social, and environmental factors that play a role in addiction. On the path to recovery, women with a substance use disorder often need resources that provide extra support and empowerment to achieve financial independence and learn how to navigate essential family-focused services.
At Fresh Start’s rehab center for women, those in need of therapeutic guidance will find the necessary support to heal. Medical professionals will help you focus on how to reclaim your future.