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Understanding Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Women

Recent years show a significant increase in drug and alcohol addiction in women

When you think of addiction, images of haggard men struggling to cope with drugs and alcohol may come to mind. However, recent years show a significant increase in drug and alcohol addiction in women living in the United States.

Women who have been raped, abused or harmed in some way are more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol than those who have not experienced these traumatic things. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, almost 70 percent of addicted women have experienced some type of trauma.



What is Addiction and Abuse?



Drugs and alcohol are substances you ingest to make you feel a certain way. Though alcohol and drug abuse can eventually lead to addiction, there is a difference between substance abuse and substance addiction. When you abuse drugs and alcohol, you have some will power to stop or go a long time between episodes.



Addiction is something you cannot control in any situation. It, however, controls your feelings, actions and activities. Everything you do revolves around it. Women who abuse substances of any kind have a higher tendency to become addicted to those substances.



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