While addiction can have similar, tragic consequences in both men and women, the two genders aren’t exactly the same when it comes to why they become addicted and how they respond. When we talk with people seeking addiction treatment in Sacramento, we point out that it’s important to understand these differences. That includes getting the facts related to certain myths about women and addiction.
Women and Addiction: Truth and Fiction
Here are some myths and reality when it comes to gender and substance abuse problems.
Myth: Both genders become addicted for the same reasons. False. For a number of reasons including differences in brain chemistry, women have a much higher incidence of anxiety and depression. Their attempt to deal with these conditions often causes them to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs, which can lead to addiction. Women also are more often affected by interpersonal violence, which can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2u7mJRK
For a person who has recovered from a drug addiction or is in recovery, the thought of having surgery and needing pain medication can be terrifying. Many questions come to mind. Will this cause an immediate relapse? Do I have to take the painkillers? Will the anesthesia itself give me drug cravings? Some of the people we work with at our center for addiction treatment in Sacramento actually consider canceling their surgery, even when it’s critical that they have it. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the negative impact of having to take post-surgery medication.
The Dos and Don’ts of Surgery for People in Recovery
Before getting to what you should do when having surgery as a person who has recovered from a drug addiction or is in recovery, here are some things you should NOT do:
- Self-medicate. Trying to avoid using painkillers by substituting another substance (alcohol, for example) is ineffective and can set you up for a different, but nevertheless damaging, substance abuse pattern.
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You’ve worked hard to recover from an addiction. Nobody could blame you if you wanted to proclaim your success loudly and proudly. However, the decision on whether or not to fully share your story of addiction and recovery is more complicated when the person you’re talking with is a potential employer. We emphasize at our Sacramento addiction recovery center that there’s nothing whatsoever to be ashamed of. But, the reality is that there’s no way to be sure what kind of impact your revelation is going to have on a listener. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2mAfkDP