Women & Addiction


Women & Addiction

Women Nationwide:

21.5 million women smoke cigeretts

3.1 million report regularly using illicit drugs

4.5 million are alcoholics or alcohol abusers

4 million use prescription drugs

drugs
Highly Addictive Drugs Include:
  • Oxycotin
  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Dilaudid
  • Percodin
  • Darvon
  • Darvocet
  • Valium
  • Heroin
  • Demerol
  • Methadone
  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan… .

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain.

Drug abuse and addiction is one of the most poorly recognized types of chemical dependency, particularly in women. A prescription drug is any medicine regulated by law to require a doctor’s prescription before it can be obtained. Prescription drugs generally work by either suppressing or promoting chemical reactions in the brain.

woman aloneOver 4 million women in American suffer from “Prescription Addiction”

 

 

 

Three different classes of prescriptions are most susceptible to abuse:

  • Opiates: most often prescribed to treat severe or chronic pain
  • Tranquilizers / sedatives: frequently prescribed to treat anxiety                                                                               disorders or sleep disorders
  • Stimulants: most commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

 

​Drug-seeking behaviors are the primary warning signs of prescription drug abuse, regardless of the chemical make up of the medication. These behaviors include:

 

  • Frequent requests for refills from physicians
  • Losing prescriptions and requesting replacements regularly
  • Crushing or breaking pills
  • Stealing or borrowing prescription medications from family members, friends, or co-workers
  • Consuming prescriptions much faster than indicated
  • Visiting multiple doctors for similar conditionsInconsistent answers to questions about prescription usage
  • Stealing or forging prescriptions
  • Consumption of over-the-counter drugs for the same conditions that a doctor has prescribed other medication
  • Ordering prescription medications over the internet
  • Noticeable mood swings corresponding to availability or absence of prescription drugs
  • Changing sleep patternsIncreasing irritability, especially when prescriptions are unavailable
  • More frequent alcohol consumption

Many of these signs and signals are inconsequential when taken independently; however, when they are combined with each other, they may indicate a drug abuse issue.