Overcoming The Fears
They come from all races. From all income groups. From all education levels, from all types of communities. They’re women losing the battle in their efforts to cope with a wide range of addictive disorders. The most common include alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders, but there are certainly others that create serious hurdles to a healthy, enjoyable productive life.
What they have in common – what you have in common, if you’re engaged in that battle – is the need for the same well-grounded, healing treatment you would need for any other problem affecting your physical or mental health.
What women also have in common is fear. For some, it’s the fear of not being able to take care of or keep their children. Many women dealing with drug addiction report that their drug-using male sex partners initiated them into drug abuse and continue to lead a life that revolves around drugs – which makes it even more difficult for them to abstain from drugs. Consequently, these women also share the fear of reprisal from spouses and boyfriends – not to mention the fear of reprisal from families and legal authorities.
Then there is the stigma attached to women who drink and use drugs, a much greater stigma than that associated with men with the same habits. Addicts who are also mothers, for example, carry immense guilt and shame not only for their disease, but also for the effect their behaviors have on their children’s lives.