Women and Cocaine Addiction

Concerns for Women

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Over the years, women have been seeking treatment for cocaine abuse and addiction in increasingly larger numbers. Some use the drug by itself while others combine it with alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

The reasons behind their use vary. Some women use cocaine for an extra boost at parties and social events. They drink and snort the drug to feel more social and to stay up longer. Others use it to help them stay awake and accomplish more at work or home. Still others inject the drug, sometimes in combination with heroin, to escape and get high.

Whatever the reason for cocaine use, the drug can quickly cause health problems, financial issues and mental health symptoms. If cocaine abuse is a problem for someone you love, connect her with treatment that can help her quit today. Call The Canyon now.

The Numbers

Compared to men, the use of all illicit substances by women has been steadily increasing over the last decade. One report from the US Department of Health and Human Services noted that between 2007 and 2009, about 11.4 percent of American women over the age of 18 reported using an illicit drug in the past year. Women between the ages of 18 and 25 were most likely to report past-year drug use at about 30.4 percent. Culturally, Caucasian women and Hispanic women were most likely to report use of cocaine specifically.

Cocaine Addiction Experience

One report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that women’s experience with cocaine is unique as compared to men. Many women report that they didn’t get high the first time they used cocaine. Other studies have evidenced that women experience cocaine differently during different points in their menstrual cycle. Hormonal fluctuations may play a significant role in how much cocaine a woman needs to get high, thus influencing her risk of overdose as she seeks to overcome these issues by taking larger and larger doses of the drug.

Because of these issues, personalized treatment for cocaine addiction is warranted for women. Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington is a psychologist in NIDA’s Division of Basic Research. She says: “Previously, drug abuse research on women focused mainly on issues related to pregnancy and the effects of drug abuse on the developing fetus. More recently, we’ve seen a shift with the realization that the treatment needs of women may be different from those of men. Although issues related to childbearing and child-rearing are still important areas of drug abuse research, researchers are questioning whether treatment strategies that were developed through research conducted largely on male subjects are appropriate for women.”

Pregnancy and Motherhood

When a woman struggles with cocaine abuse and addiction during pregnancy, it becomes that much more urgent to find immediate treatment. The health of the unborn child during this developmental period is critical, but so too is getting the mother the help she needs so that she can be a functional and stable parent once the child is born. One report published in the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences found that women who were addicted to substances, especially cocaine, were less able to bond with their children even when they weren’t actively using the drug.

That same report noted that about 90 percent of women who abuse drugs in the US are of reproductive age. Additionally, about 4.6 million women use cocaine in this country every year, and about 750,000 babies are exposed to cocaine use prenatally. It’s clearly a significant issue for many women, with thousands of patients every year in need of support for their new families in the face of cocaine abuse and addiction.

Connect with Recovery Today

Your loved one can find cocaine detox and addiction treatment that will help her to overcome her own personal struggle with cocaine use and abuse at The Canyon. Contact us today at the phone number listed above to learn details about our addiction rehabilitation program.