Addictions Women Struggle With

addictions women struggle with

Men are more likely than women to use drugs, overdose, and face health problems due to their drug use. [1]

But this doesn’t mean that women are immune to addiction and alcoholism. A growing number of women are struggling with substance abuse, and there are many different factors that are influencing this rise. Our women’s rehab in Tampa outlines common substances women abuse and more about the factors that contribute to substance abuse among female addicts.

Drugs Commonly Abused by Women

Women abuse legal drugs, illegal drugs, and alcohol such as wine. Common drugs abused by women include:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • MDMA
  • Heroin
  • Sleeping Aids
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Sleeping Aids

Women are just as likely to become addicts as men are, and women may be even more at risk of cravings and relapse. [1] Physical differences between men and women worsen the situation regarding women and addiction.

Hormones and Addiction

Throughout the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, women experience many different hormone fluctuations within their bodies. During their menstrual cycle, women experience several cycles including the follicular phase, which occurs before ovulation. During this phase, certain hormones shift, making women more responsive to stimulants. Mood disorders and stress are also associated with risks of addiction and alcoholism. [2]

Women and Alcohol

Alcohol is a common substance abused by men and women. The social acceptance and even encouragement of wine consumption among moms has created a backdrop for increasing alcohol consumption. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men, meaning that a couple drinks after a long day can be especially dangerous for women.

Trauma also influences substance abuse rates among men and women. Women often experience complex trauma that can create or exacerbate mental health struggles that are often associated with co-occurring disorders. [3] Our team offers residential and women’s IOP rehab in Tampa to help women overcome the nuanced factors behind addiction and alcoholism.

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  1. NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse – Sex and Gender Differences in Substance Use
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information – Substance Abuse in Women
  3. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs – Women and Addiction: A Trauma-Informed Approach

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.