Hired Power was a break sponsor at the Betty Ford Women’s Symposium last Thursday at UCLA. It was definitely a day of inspiration to see a conference full of women and men supporting women in recovery. I believe it is safe to say that a great time was had by all! With women in recovery still a fresh theme check out this article:

Addiction and Gender: Recovery for Women

Women and addiction: Why Whitney wasn’t alone Published on March 22, 2012 by Brenda Iliff in A Remarkable Recovery

Whitney Houston’s public battle with addiction and untimely passing has shed light on the growing epidemic of addiction among women in the United States. On the surface, Whitney’s story may not feel relatable; she was a high-profile celebrity, a gorgeous woman, with an incredible voice and a very public life.

But she was also a woman – a loving mother, an member of a strong family unit and a good friend – she worked hard and battled personal demons including addiction and her story isn’t as uncommon as you may think.

Women are the fastest-growing segment for substance abuse in the United States. In fact, according to the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, about 2.7 million women in the United States abuse drugs or alcohol. Even more frightening is that the majority who need treatment do not receive it because:

  • They are afraid of losing, or being separated from, their families
  • They view their substance use as a social activity or habit, rather than an addiction that is disrupting their lives
  • They believe that their substance abuse is the outcome of anxiety or depression, treating the mental health issue while ignoring the addiction
  • They are afraid or embarrassed to admit they are struggling with addiction, and hide their drug or alcohol use from family and friends

There are special issues that women face in addiction treatment and recovery. The traditional wisdom of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that women progress faster in addiction. Now the research is telling us the “why” and more importantly “what” can be done to assist women in recovery.

Like what you’re reading? Continue here:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/remarkable-recovery/201203/addiction-and-gender-recovery-women

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, Hired Power can help. Call 800-910-9299 or contact us here.

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