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Addiction patterns often vary

Jun. 5, 2013
 
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Children typically learn of a fatherís addiction at approximately 12.6 years of age, but donít learn about a motherís substance abuse until 18.3 years of age, studies have shown

If a mother is faced with a choice between taking care of her kids and taking care of her addiction, most will choose her kids. And if family and friends donít see a problem, then why rock the boat? It has been estimated that 92 percent of women do not receive needed treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.

Patterns of Use

Women often report that stress, negative affect, and relationships precipitate initial substance use.

Relationships, relationship status, and the effects of a partnerís substance abuse significantly influence women. In addition, women dependent on substances are more likely to have partners with substance use disorders.

Although substance use is more prevalent among men than women, women are as likely as men to develop substance use disorders after they start using.

Sources: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and Wisconsin Intervention Services

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