Illegal substances affect everyone differently, but some big differences can be found between men and women. Because men and women have biological differences, it is unsurprising that a woman experiences substance abuse differently than a man. The way a woman’s body and mind change, and even the reasons behind why they are using a drug, can be unrelated to a man’s changes and experiences.
In any case, substance abuse is something that should be treated as soon as possible to avoid any symptoms becoming worse. At Midwest Recovery Center, we have a women’s rehab center where we will help get you the treatment that you need. To find out about our center, contact us at 833.627.0039.
How Substance Abuse Affects Women
There are many ways that substance abuse affects women. From mental and physical changes, the symptoms of drug use are unique. It can affect menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause. While every woman is different, there are some common effects that substances can have on them.
Less Substance has Higher Effect
It can take a lot less time and a lot less of the Substance being used for a woman to become addicted. Women are also known to have a higher tolerance to some drugs, meaning they might use more of the drug to get more of the sensation.
Mental Health Issues
Women dealing with substance abuse are also more likely to suffer from mental health problems like depression and anxiety. They also tend to have a higher risk of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts. They are more likely to isolate themselves from their friends and family while dealing with these issues.
Young women especially are more prone to sexual assault or abuse when they are dealing with drug addiction. They are also more likely to be involved in violent situations. The fact that their cognitive abilities are not as strong as they should be makes them more vulnerable. It is easier for them to be taken advantage of. This can also lead to more mental health problems.
A lot of women start using drugs when they are unhappy with the way that they look. They are looking for a fast and easy way to lose weight, and some drugs are known for causing weight loss. These drugs should not be used for weight loss and can have serious health risks like malnourishment and becoming underweight.
A gender-specific treatment, especially for women, can be a great option for those who are looking for help but want to be with people to who they can relate. Women are already less likely to seek treatment, so being with a group of other women who are feeling the same way as you can feel more comfortable.
In a gender-specific treatment program, you will receive the care that is catered to your unique needs, both as a woman and as an individual. You will be able to get the treatment you need in an environment where you feel less stressed and less judged.
Getting Help at Midwest Recovery Center
Everybody has specific needs when it comes to substance abuse. Men and women have different sets of problems that they deal with, and at Midwest Recovery Center, we offer treatment programs and therapies such as:
- Women’s rehab center
- Men’s rehab center
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
Acknowledging that you need help is a big first step to your recovery process, and Midwest Recovery Center will be there to help guide you in the right direction. To get more information on all of our programs, visit our website, or contact us at [Direct.]