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13th Step in Recovery

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Abusive Relationships, Addiction, Codependent Relationship, Emotional Abuse, Recovery, Relationships, Sexual Abuse, Sobriety | Comments Off on 13th Step in Recovery

13th Step in Recovery

Most people are familiar with the term “12 Steps” even if they are not in recovery and even if they don’t know exactly what they are. Those who are or have been in recovery and part of a 12 Step fellowship are probably familiar with the 13th Step in Recovery.

The 13th Step in Recovery Defined

The 13th Step in Recovery is not actually part of the formal 12 Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), or CA (Cocaine Anonymous) but is a slang term that is tossed around by members that refers to people with significant time in sobriety hitting on or dating newcomers – those who are brand new or relatively new to the fellowship, and therefore sobriety.

Dating in Recovery

There are no dating rules in 12 Step fellowships; however, it is strongly suggested to wait a full year before engaging in an intimate relationship with anyone. The idea behind this is, when you are new to sobriety, you have a lot of personal issues to work on and getting into a relationship right away can derail your program. As alcoholics and addicts, we often deal with other issues such as codependency and low self-esteem.

Implications of the 13th Step in Recovery

Those who engage in the 13th Step in Recovery are seen as engaging in predatory behavior which takes advantage of the emotional instability of newcomers to the fellowship. Newcomers should be able to find safe harbor in one of the fellowships from the emotional turmoil of their recent past-lives in active addiction.

Thirteen Stepping, as it is also called, creates a differing power ratio where someone is gaining power over someone who is weaker, and it can endanger the sobriety of both parties. It is important to keep in mind that it is not a gender-specific phenomenon; all sexes and gender preferences can be predators.

The Dangers of 13th Step in Recovery

Also called Thirteenth Stepping, the 13th Step in Recovery is dangerous for a number of reasons:

When newly sober, you can be very vulnerable therefore it’s for others to take advantage of you; this is exploitative.

Early sobriety demands all of your attention. You can’t afford to be distracted by a new romantic relationship.

If things don’t work out, as is almost always the case with these types of relationships, you might use this as justification to relapse into addiction.

Often times, people who have abused alcohol and/or drugs because of past emotional and/or sexual trauma. By 13th Stepping someone, they are not able to feel safe in the meetings.

Progress in recovery means living an honest and ethical life. By participating in the 13th Step in Recovery, you are behaving in a way that is unethical and exploitative. That means your recovery program (your beliefs) are at odds with your actions and this often leads to dry drunk syndrome.

Those in the fellowship who are habitual 13th Steppers, meaning they move from one newcomer the next, are really sexual predators that can do a great deal of damage to the reputation of the fellowship. Moreover, they can get in the way of people achieving lasting sobriety.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://anonpress.org/

http://www.thefix.com/

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Synthetic Marijuana and Pregnancy

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Addiction, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, Women | Comments Off on Synthetic Marijuana and Pregnancy

Synthetic Marijuana and Pregnancy

Not much has been known about synthetic marijuana since it made its debut a few years ago. But more and more is coming out and one of the newest and biggest reports right now are the new findings dealing with synthetic marijuana and pregnancy. A case study was presented at the Annual clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that indicated that pregnant women who use synthetic marijuana could experience symptoms which might be harmful not only to the unborn fetus but also the mother.

Research was done pretty recently by Dr. Cindy S. Lee and Dr. Sally Nalesnik from Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA. The research involved a pregnant woman who came into delivery and was also agitated. The woman was 35 weeks pregnant and had not received any prenatal care up to that point. The woman’s blood pressure was high and she had protein in her urine. Both high blood pressure and protein in the urine are actually signs of preeclampsia. The woman ended up need a cesarean section instead of a vaginal delivery because of the distress the fetus was in. Luckily the doctors were successful in delivering the baby. The woman tested negative for drugs and usually preeclampsia starts to diminish or is cured after the baby is delivered. This woman’s preeclampsia didn’t get better after the delivery. Dr. Lee said in a news release that “it was interesting yet confusing. We wanted to report it so in the future if something came up, it would be in the literature and physicians could refer to it.”

The lab results of the woman indicated very low potassium levels. The results of her urine test were negative but an anonymous caller told the doctors that the woman was a regular smoker of Spice Gold. Spice Gold is the name of a certain brand of synthetic marijuana. That is when the doctors realized it wasn’t a problem with the pregnancy but a drug problem. This kind of thing can be a big problem for physicians because synthetic marijuana doesn’t show up on urine screens.

Synthetic marijuana has many reports of being more dangerous than actual marijuana so we can only imagine what it would do to an expecting a mother. A pregnant woman shouldn’t smoke marijuana much less something touted to be more dangerous such as synthetic marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is a mixture of spices and herbs which you can spray making use of a synthetic compound which produces effects which are similar to the effect that THC produces. This is a psychoactive ingredient which is present in marijuana. Federal laws and some state laws have banned such chemical compounds due to the adverse cannabis effects. Still drug makers are clever enough to make use of other synthetic cannabinoids which are yet to be banned so that they do not violate the existing drug laws.

Unfortunately part of the biggest danger concerning pregnancy and synthetic marijuana is the unknown.

 

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Drug Rehabs for Mothers

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Addicted Parents, Addiction, Mother and Daughter Issues, Rehab, Women | Comments Off on Drug Rehabs for Mothers

Drug Rehabs for Mothers

Addiction affects 1 in 7 people and some put the number at as many as 1 in 3 people. Addiction does not discriminate. It crosses socioeconomic and ethnic lines; not just the poor or minorities. That being said, addiction can affect the lives of mothers: women who are supposed to be caring, nurturing, and responsible for innocent children.  

Traditional Drug Rehabs for Mothers

Unfortunately, many women lose custody of their children because of drug addiction. Those with a real desire to get better and stay sober can work toward getting their children back. Currently, mothers get help after their children have been taken from them by the authorities.

In order to get their kids back, they can attend a drug detox and rehab program. There are drug rehabs for mothers that will work with social services so that mothers are able to visit with their kids on a regular basis while in treatment. After rehab, also called inpatient treatment, a mother will most likely go to intensive outpatient, or day therapy, as she slowly rejoins society. And after outpatient, the mother must attend support groups and further counseling. She will most likely have to take parenting classes and keep in contact with social workers. All this time, her kids are in foster care. She must complete these things in order to be reunited with her children.

The ultimate goal is to return the children to the care of their mother however, it can be a log process before that happens which has proven to be detrimental to the children as well as the relationship between mother and child.

The New Face of Drug Rehabs for Mothers

There is a nationally recognized program of drug rehabs for mothers called the Family Rehabilitation Program (FRP). Drug rehabs for mothers, like FRP, give drug addicted mothers treatment while their kids stay with them, instead of going into foster care. A 1999 study by the National Drug Rehabilitation Institute found that programs for drug rehabs for mothers had higher success rates than traditional treatment and that few children–less than 5 percent at one typical agency–ended up in foster care. This combination of treatment and nurturing makes FRPs surprisingly successful at keeping moms off drugs and kids out of foster care.

Some drug rehabs for mothers specialize specifically in mothers of young children. These facilities allow children to come for supervised visits or even allow children to live at the facility with their mothers. This approach to treatment allows the mother and child to work on their relationship while the mother also works on her sobriety. Drug rehabs for mothers also usually offer special programs and therapy for the children, because their mother’s addiction affects children tremendously.

 

The Goal of Drug Rehabs for Mothers

Drug rehabs for mothers are for women who have been addicted in the past or are at a high risk for relapse due to poor coping skills and the many stressors that come with motherhood. Drug rehabs for mothers provide an intensive program for children ages infant to twelve years old along with a program for the mothers to help them develop parenting skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://bangordailynews.com/

http://advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/

 

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Sexual Abuse and Addiction

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Addiction, Alcohol, Sexual Abuse, Uncategorized, Women | Comments Off on Sexual Abuse and Addiction

Sexual Abuse and Addiction

Sexual abuse and addiction have been found to have many links to one another. This is especially true of childhood sexual abuse and addiction. Childhood sexual abuse is a general term used to describe any adult behavior that coerces or forces a child into sexual activity, or frames a child in a sexual context. When adults with no history of childhood sexual abuse are compared to adults who experienced childhood sexual abuse, the adults with a history of childhood sexual abuse have a much greater chance of developing a serious addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Rates of sexual abuse are higher in females than in males but male victims of sexual abuse also have a greater chance of developing addictions during adulthood.

Sexual abuse and alcohol addiction

Women

Around 8 percent of adult women with no history of childhood sexual abuse have a dependence on alcohol according to a study that was published in the American Journal of Public Health. In contrast to that 8 percent, 16 percent of adult women who did have histories of childhood sexual abuse are dependent on alcohol. Around 3 percent of women without a history of childhood sexual abuse have severe alcohol dependencies while over 7 percent of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse have similar levels of alcohol addiction.

Men

Around 19 percent of men with no history of childhood sexual abuse have alcohol addiction problems while almost 40 percent of men who experienced childhood sexual abuse have an alcohol addiction. The rate of alcohol addiction in men with no history of childhood sexual abuse is around 7 percent whereas it is 20 percent in men who experienced childhood sexual abuse.

This is a clear link between sexual abuse and alcohol addiction.

Sexual abuse and addiction to drugs

Women

According to this same study around 14 percent of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse have some kind of drug addiction issue, while only 5 percent with no childhood sexual abuse have a drug addiction. Nearly 10 percent of women with a history of sexual abuse have severe drug problems while only a little more than 3 percent of women without this history have the same addiction issues.

Men

27 percent of men with a history of sexual abuse also have some degree of drug addiction. Only 9 percent of men with no history of sexual abuse have the same issues. Around 16 percent of men who experienced childhood sexual abuse have severe drug addictions while these same severe drug addictions only happen in about 5 percent of men without a history of sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse and addiction is very common but there are other factors that can lead to addiction. For instance genetic predisposition and other mental conditions including schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Many addicts also have histories that include two or more risk factors for addiction. For instance many addicts have a history of sexual abuse, a genetic predisposition as well as depression.

 

 

http://www.sexualrecovery.com/blog/childhood-sexual-abuse-and-addiction.php

 

http://www.mhanys.org/programs/bc/Substance_Addiction_and_Sexual_Assault_Survivors_UPDATED_9-08.pdf

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Alcohol Induced Depression

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Addiction, Alcohol, Mental Illness, Mood, Rehab, Sobriety | Comments Off on Alcohol Induced Depression

Alcohol Induced Depression

If you’re an alcoholic, you probably have noticed mood problems or those close to you have noticed your mood problems. And you may be tempted to say, ‘Well, I drink a lot because I’m depressed.’ You may be right, but it’s even more likely that you’re depressed because you drink a lot.

Alcohol Induced Depression

Alcohol is a type of drug known as a depressant. This means that it inhibits certain receptors in the brain and the result of this is that there is a depressive effect on the central nervous system. It is hardly surprising then that chronic alcohol abuse leads the individual to develop depression, which is known as alcohol induced depression. The irony is that many of these individuals will be using alcohol already as a means to escape depressive symptoms. While they may initially feel like they are getting some reprieve they are actually making things worse. Those individuals who have never had to deal with depression are likely to do so as a result of alcohol abuse.

Research on Alcohol Induced Depression

A new study clarifies that heavy drinking can lead to mood problems that often result in depression.

Although experts have long known that heavy drinking can spur temporary episodes of depression — what’s known as “substance-induced depression” — the new research shows the prevalence and clinical importance of the phenomenon.

The study is found in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The average person does not realize that heavy drinking can induce mood problems. What’s more, not every doctor might be aware of it, either. But it’s important that he or she pay close attention to this problem, because depression caused by heavy drinking has a different prognosis and is treated much differently from major depressive episodes that are not seen in the context of heavy drinking.

Although the symptoms of independent and substance-induced depressions can be identical, if the sadness develops in the context of heavy drinking, hence alcohol induced depression, the symptoms are likely to lift within several weeks to a month of abstinence and rarely require antidepressants to go away.

Consequently, it’s important for doctors to consider alcohol use disorders as a possible cause of patients’ depression symptoms rather than simply “reaching for the prescription pad” and recommending an antidepressant.

If alcohol is the cause, the depression is very likely to disappear with abstinence. Many people think that some individuals drink heavily because they are depressed, and that is the case for some. But the study actually found no evidence that people with a history of major depression were at increased risk for developing alcohol problems in the future.

How to Deal with Alcohol Induced Depression

Those people who are suffering from alcohol induced depression need to take action. These symptoms are unlikely to disappear by themselves. The situation may deteriorate until the individual takes action. In order to deal with this type of depression the individual needs to:

Quit alcohol and other forms of substance abuse. If the individual has reached a stage where their drinking is causing depression then this may be a sign that they need to quit altogether.

If the individual has been abusing alcohol long term then they may need medical assistance in order to give up. This could include a stay in rehab or a medically supervised withdrawal period.

Some people with a dual diagnosis will need to have both their conditions dealt with simultaneously. This can be achieved in a rehab that specializes in treating people with a dual diagnosis.

In most instances the symptoms of alcohol induced depression will disappear after the individual has been sober for a few weeks.

If people continue to suffer from symptoms of depression after becoming sober they need to seek appropriate medical advice.

 

 

Sources:

http://psychcentral.com/

http://www.jsad.com/

 

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Addiction: Men vs. Women

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Addiction, Alcohol, Women | Comments Off on Addiction: Men vs. Women

Addiction: Men vs. Women

Men and women, equally end up trying a addictive substance at some point during their life regardless if it is alcohol, nicotine, or illicit drugs at some point. Some of those men and women become dependent and are unable to have just one cigarette or the occasional beer. Why is this? Well, the answer to the question may be different for men than it is women.

Long considered a man’s problem, addiction related illnesses are responsible for the deaths of 200,000 women a year and more than 4 million women are in need of treatment for their addiction. There is new evidence that suggests there is a distinct difference between male and female patterns of addictive disorders. Some studies have shown men and women differ in the why they use, their susceptibility to addiction, and even their response to pharmacological and psychological treatment.

Addiction: Men vs. Women

The role of estrogen in addiction: men vs. women

 Recent findings that were presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience added to the growing evidence that suggests estrogen plays a role in sex-based difference in addiction.

All addictive substance cause brain cells to release a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is a feel-good chemical that has evolved to reinforce survival behaviors such as mating and eating. So when a person uses a drug, the consequent dopamine burst motivates them to want to recreate what the body views as “essential behavior” time and time again.

10 years’ worth of research in humans and laboratory animals suggests that estrogen influences the amount of dopamine released in response to sexual activity and addictive drugs. Studies also showed that a woman’s reaction to stimulants like amphetamine and cocaine varies with her menstrual cycle.

Cocaine addiction: men vs. women

These and other sex differences gave Jill Becker and colleagues at the University of Michigan a jumping off place to further investigate into the role of estrogen in cocaine addiction. The data showed that women become dependent after using cocaine for shorter amounts of time in smaller doses compared with men. The motivation to use cocaine, both initially and in a relapse from drug abuse treatment also seemed to be different based on gender. Some studies revealed that women tend to use cocaine to self-medicate when feeling depressed and unhappy. Men, on the other hand generally would use cocaine when they are feeling good in order to feel even better.

Jill studied the influence of estrogen on “sensitization” to cocaine in rats. Sensitization is an important part of addiction and refers to the long term changes that occur in the brain in response to using addictive substances such as cocaine. Symptoms of cocaine sensitization in humans include rapid talking, compulsively moving around and repetitive mouth movements. In rats, head bobbing, chewing, forelimb movement and turning in circles signals sensitization to cocaine.

After three weeks of use, all animals became sensitized to cocaine. Female rats who received estrogen plus cocaine, however, showed 20 percent to 50 percent more sensitization than either female rats who did not receive estrogen or males. Two weeks after receiving estrogen, female rats continued to exhibit greater behavioral responses to cocaine than those who did not receive estrogen.

The results really show according to Becker that estrogen has something to do with addiction and in this case sensitization to cocaine.

Nicotine addiction: men vs. women

Cigarette smoking also shows sex-specific patterns. Women tend to use smoking to regulate their mood and suppress their appetite, while men are more apt to smoke to improve their attention and performance at work, ease feelings of aggression and relieve pain. As for quitting, nicotine replacement therapy, developed and tested primarily for men, is not surprisingly less effective in women. Instead, studies show that women have greater success using antidepressants such as bupropion to break the habit. What’s more, support groups and psychotherapy focused around smoking cessation tends to be more helpful for women than men.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=116913&page=2

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5 reasons women relapse

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Addiction, Mental Illness, Mood, Recovery, Rehab, Relationships, Sobriety, Women | Comments Off on 5 reasons women relapse

5 Reasons Women Relapse

From my own personal experience with relapse I can tell you that for me there are now defining reasons someone relapses. A relapse can happen at any time regardless of what is going on if you are progressing in your own recovery. With that said though, there are some things that happen right before my relapse that kind of give away the fact that I am digressing and not progressing. Most of the time, one of the biggest reasons I relapse has to do with men. And with that we are going to start our article: 5 reasons women relapse.

  1. Getting into a relationship too soon

I’ve seen both men and women relapse because they got into romantic relationships too soon. Women more often than not though tend to find themselves in a relationship way before they are ready for one. It is believed that women are more prone to this than men. One doctor states that “At a time when thinking can be clouded and emotions run high, women are at greater risk for attracting or becoming attracted to someone who is addicted, abusive or otherwise emotionally unavailable.” The scary thing about getting into a relationship too soon for women is they tend to relapse and then go straight back into that same relationship which perpetuates the negative cycle.

  1. Relationships, sex and love

This reason is very similar to the one mentioned above but doesn’t necessarily translate into getting into an exclusive relationship. Relationships, sex and love all boost a women’s self-esteem. When women are in early sobriety they tend to have very low self-worth and where do they look to get self-worth? Men. And this can translate into sleeping around, falling in love easily or getting into unhealthy relationships in order to feel fulfilled, wanted, and worthy. This can easily lead to relapse because when the guy leaves, the sex is over, or the relationship has ended; a woman is left feeling alone and worthless again.

  1. Undiagnosed Psychiatric Disorders

Over half of people struggling with an alcohol and drug addiction have what is referred to as a dual diagnosis—struggling with addiction alongside a mental health disorder, such as depression, bi-polar disorder, trauma or a personality disorder. And as a woman I know for myself, when I am feeling sad or depressed, on an emotional high or an emotional low is when I am most likely to relapse. While I am not diagnosed with any psychiatric disorders, those who are when they have intense emotions such as these it can easily lead to relapse.

  1. Not having coping strategies.

Coping strategies in recovery are very important to long term sobriety. Addicts and alcoholics tend to be emotionally immature. They never developed coping strategies to deal with stress in everyday life because they always used drugs and alcohol to manage.

  1. Family

Many women come into recovery leaving behind a family for a short amount of time to go to rehab. There can be a lot of pressure for women to go back home, too soon, which can cause them to relapse. Many times women don’t get the amount of time they need to get a strong foothold in their recovery before going back into their role as a mother and matriarch of their family. This is dangerous and can lead to relapse. The feelings of guilt associated with leaving their family can also cause a woman to relapse.

 

These are simply 5 reasons women relapse. Addicts and alcoholics can relapse for a multitude of reasons these just seem to be the most common among women.

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5 Signs You May be Codependent

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Abusive Relationships, Addiction, Alcohol, Codependent Relationship, Relationships | Comments Off on 5 Signs You May be Codependent

5 Signs You May be Codependent

It can be really difficult for people to accept that they are codependent. Accepting codependency is a lot like someone accepting that they are an addict except the addiction is with a person. People can become addicted to a number of things such as gambling, sex and food and also people or relationships and that addiction is called codependency. Codependency can happen in any type of relationship where there is one spouse totally enmeshed with the other. Since enmeshment is the only way they know how to be in a relationship, few people recognize their own codependent patterns, instead labeling themselves selfless. Here are 5 signs you may be codependent:

  1. You may be codependent if you feel a heightened sense of responsibility for the thoughts, needs and decisions of others, as well as their ultimate satisfaction in life. Often in a controlling or manipulative way, you may try to solve other people’s problems and offer unsolicited advice, doing far more than your share to ensure their individual happiness. Your efforts may seem and feel noble at first but they are actually driven by your need to feel needed. Serving others, often to the point of excluding your own needs and desires is the only way for you to feel value and loved. A lot of the times your self-sacrificing will leave you feeling resentful and angry which shows up in other ways such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse.
  2. You may be codependent if you put someone else’s feelings about your own. Codependent people tend to have little sense of self. To sustain some sort of interpersonal connection, they focus on how their partner feels, how they think and what they believe rather than paying attention to their own feelings, values and beliefs. Is this you? They become consumed by the other person and lose themselves in the process.
  3. You may be codependent if you go to extremes to hold onto a relationship. A codependent relationship is based on fear. Fears of abandonment, being alone or being rejected lead to an extreme need for acceptance and approval which in turn leads to desperate attempts to please others. If you are the codependent partner you may resent your partner. You may give up hobbies, friends, change your clothing and go to other extremes to maintain your relationship.
  4. You may be codependent if you have difficult recognizing and communicating emotions. In a codependent person there is disconnect between who the codependent partner thinks they are and who they actually are. Because your identity is so wrapped up in your partner your emotions just mirror theirs. If your partner is having a good day, you are having a good day. Codependency often makes it hard to make decisions and assert your own wishes. In some cases you might choose to be in a relationship with someone out of pity or a belief that you can fix them.
  5. You may be codependent if you have trouble setting and maintain boundaries. Codependent people usually struggle immensely with setting personal boundaries that protect them from harm. They say yes when they mean no and take charge of situations that others are capable of handling. Doing this supplies the codependent person with a sense of self-confidence even as they fail to protect themselves.

If you think you are codependent you can benefit from counseling, support groups, Co-dependents anonymous, and other interventions to stop depending on the neediness of others or being needy yourself. For codependents, recovery is less about their relationship with the partner and more about restoring a healthy sense of self. It is learning to love and care for oneself rather than trying to fix someone else or rely on someone else.

http://pattipeterson.com/?p=1248

 

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Childhood Abuse and Food Addiction

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Abusive Relationships, Adolescent Girls, Anorexia Nervosa, Body Image, Child Abuse & Drug Addiction, Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Uncategorized, Women | Comments Off on Childhood Abuse and Food Addiction

Severe childhood abuse suffered by girls during childhood may be linked to a subsequent food addiction, new research suggests. Women who have experienced physical or sexual abuse during childhood are much more likely to have a food addiction as adults than who women who did not experience childhood abuse.

National surveys have indicated that more than one third of American women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse before they reached the age 18. Also, this childhood abuse has consequences not only for a women’s mental health but also for their physical health. Many studies have documented a link between childhood abuse and later obesity. The reasoning for this is possibly because stress may cause one to overeat high-sugar and high-fat “comfort” foods in an uncontrolled way.

Because of these findings, Susan Mason, PhD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston and her colleagues began to look for the link between childhood abuse and food addiction behaviors in women. These researchers studied around 57,000 adult participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II, which ascertained physical, and sexual childhood abuse histories in 2001 and current food addiction in 2009. In this study food addiction was defined as three or more addiction-like eating behaviors bad enough to cause significant distress or loss of function.

The study revealed that food addiction/eating behaviors were relatively common among women in the study, with eight percent of the women meeting the criteria for a food addiction. Women who had experienced physical or sexual childhood abuse before the age of 18 were almost twice as likely to have a food addiction in the middle of adulthood in comparison with women without a history of childhood abuse. The likelihood of a food addiction was also increased further for women who had experienced both physical and sexual childhood abuse. The prevalence of a food addiction varied from six percent in women without a history of physical or sexual childhood abuse to sixteen percent among women who did have a history of both severe physical and sexual childhood abuse. Not only that but women with a food addiction were generally heavier than women without a food addiction.

The study’s authors, including Dr. Mason acknowledged that the study’s findings are tentative and further research is required before “any conclusions can be drawn about a causal link between childhood abuse victimization and addiction-like overeating.” If the link is backed up by substantial evidence, the next step will be to find ways to reduce the risk of addiction-like overeating among women who experienced childhood abuse.

“Women with histories of trauma who show a propensity toward uncontrolled eating could potentially be referred for prevention programs, while obese women might be screened for early trauma and addiction-like eating so that any psychological impediments to weight loss could be addressed,” said Dr. Mason. “Of course, preventing childhood abuse in the first place would be the best strategy of all, but in the absence of a perfect child abuse prevention strategy, it is important that we try to head off its negative long-term health consequences,” she added.

 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/805599

 

 

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Prescription Drug Overdoses Spike Among Women

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Prescription Drugs, Recovery | Comments Off on Prescription Drug Overdoses Spike Among Women

Prescription Drug Overdoses Spike Among Women

The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses. Over 27,000 people died from overdoses in 2007, a number that has risen five-fold since 1990 and has never been higher. Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

This disturbing death rate coincides with a ten-fold increase in the medical use of opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. The increased availability of such powerful drugs has led to widespread abuse. According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 5 million Americans misused opioid painkillers in the past month.

Statistics on Prescription Drug Abuse Among Women

The CDC (the Centers for Disease Control) finds that women are more likely than men to doctor-shop, meaning they are seeing multiple doctors in order to gain multiple prescriptions for such drugs as narcotic painkillers and amphetamines, which are prescribed for ADD/ADHD. It also finds that there may be evidence that women may become addicted to painkillers at a faster rate than their male counterparts.

In 2010 alone, nearly one million women went to the emergency room for drug misuse or abuse.

The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 2.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs for the first time within the past year. More than one half of them were female, and two-thirds of those were over the age of 17. That means approximately 800,000 adult females, or 2,191 women a day, began abusing prescription drugs in this past year alone. The White House considers women to be one of the three populations most at-risk for substance abuse. Even more troubling, while prescription drug abuse among women is on the rise, they are receiving treatment for addiction less frequently than men.

Prescription Drug Overdose and Women

Recent data shows that more women die from prescription painkiller overdoses than from breast cancer. The CDC is calling it a public health epidemic, and the growing numbers deserve both attention and action.

White women, American Indian women, and Alaska native women are at highest risk of dying from prescription drug overdose. Women between the ages of 25 and 54 are most likely to go to the emergency room for prescription drug misuse, but middle-aged women, women between the ages of 45 and 54, are most likely to die from prescription drug overdose.

About 18 women die from prescription drug overdose every single day in the United States. In what has been described as a “growing epidemic,” women between the ages of 45 and 54 are at the highest risk for overdose.

According to the CDC, almost 48,000 women died of prescription drug overdose between 1999 and 2010. In general, men still die from overdoses more often than women, but the gap between men and women is closing at an alarming rate. Female prescription drug overdose deaths increased by 400% in a little over a decade, compared to 265% in men.

 

Sources:

www.cdc.gov

http://beforeitsnews.com

http://www.bradfordhealth.com

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