How can I stop drinking?
There are many ways to help you stop drinking. You do not have to drink when other people drink. If someone gives you a drink, it is OK say no. Stay away from people or places that make you drink. Do not keep alcohol at home. If you cannot stop drinking, GET HELP. You may have a disease called alcoholism. There are programs that can help you stop drinking. They are called alcohol treatment programs. Your doctor or nurse can find
a program to help you. Even if you have been through a treatment program before, try it again. There are programs just for women with pregnancy substance abuse problems.
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DRUGS AND WOMEN - Pregnancy Substance Abuse
Overall, about six million girls and women abuse or are
addicted to alcohol,
while about 15 million use
for non-medical reasons.
Substance abuse and addiction is by far the number one women's health problem, causing illness, injury and death and contributing to a whole host of related social problems.
One reason substance abuse is so serious in women is that women get addicted faster and with smaller amounts of drugs and alcohol than men. Yet astoundingly, America remains in denial about this problem, even though it can be
prevented and treated.
The rise in substance abuse is most evident in younger girls, government statistics show. For instance, the percentage of teenaged girls who said they'd used cocaine during their life jumped 2.4 percent between 1991 and 2005, compared to a 1.2 percent increase in boys.
Pregnancy Substance Abuse
A CASA study found that 10.1 percent of girls aged 12 to 17 abused at least one controlled prescription drug, compared to 8.6 percent of boys. Overall, the study found, teenagers' abuse of prescription drugs jumped 212 percent between 1992 and 2003.
Abuse of prescription drugs overall is the fastest-growing category of substance abuse in women. Women, particularly Caucasian women, are far more likely to abuse prescription drugs than men or women of other ethnic backgrounds.
Overall, women are 43 percent more likely than men to use narcotic pain relievers for non-medical use. And when women abuse or misuse prescription drugs, they're often also abusing alcohol or other drugs.
As for alcohol, although women's drinking patterns have held relatively steady over the past 20 years, women in their twenties who drink report getting drunk more often today even though they're drinking less overall.
In addition, the percentage of teenage girls in 2005 who said they'd had a drink in the past 30 days nearly equaled that of boys (42.8 vs. 43.8). In 1991, 45.9 percent of girls said they'd had a drink in the past 30 days compared to 50.1 percent of boys.
HARDER ON WOMEN - Substance Abuse
is far and away the most commonly abused substance in the United States by men and women. But until the 1970s there was little if any research on alcohol abuse and addiction in women. Today, however, we know that while about the same percentage of men and women tend to drink, men drink far more often and in far larger amounts than women. Yet, research finds, alcohol hits women harder, wreaking more havoc.
It's a myth that women can drink as much as men without suffering any worse consequences. There are much greater health risks for girls and women and their bodies from heavy drinking.
Women are more likely to develop liver disease, hypertension, brain and heart damage than men, even if they drink less and for a shorter period of time. Heavy drinking in women is also linked to a slightly increased risk of breast cancer, with some evidence suggesting that even mild-to-moderate drinking might increase the risk.
Overall, studies estimate that about 4 percent of all breast cancers in developed countries might be related to alcohol, with 27 drinks or more a week increasing the risk in pre-menopausal women, and six drinks a week or more increasing the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
Drinking in young women and teens is linked to delayed puberty, menstrual disorders, risky sex and teen pregnancy. It contributes to
and significantly increases a young woman's risk of being raped or becoming the
victim of other violence.
At The Canyon, we provide help and treatment to women who are suffering from drug addiction. If you are pregnant and are addicted to drugs or alcohol, contact us. We can help.
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Pregnancy Substance Abuse
Informing and educating "future-mom's" about the dangers of substance abuse.
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Substance abuse during pregnancy is more prevalent than commonly realized.
The highest rates of alcohol and drug use are among women in their childbearing years, with 6 million women experiencing alcohol problems, and more than 5 million currently using illicit substances.
The average pregnant woman will take four or five drugs during her pregnancy, with 82% of pregnant women taking prescribed substances and 65% using nonprescription substances, including illicit drugs.
In most cases women who use drugs and other substances during pregnancy are likely to have started doing so long before they conceived. This means that drug and/or alcohol abuse is part of their lifestyle and when they become pregnant they find it hard to stop the habit.
What pregnant women should know is that when they are pregnant they are eating and drinking for two…meaning whatever gets inside them is shared between them and their developing baby inside.
This means that any alcohol consumed, any cocaine snorted, or any smoke inhaled goes to the mother, but also reaches the baby inside. This is the plain truth and such women are likely to give birth to babies who are deformed or will not be fully developed.
Just like anyone else with problems with drug dependencies pregnant women also need help and assistance if they are to overcome this challenge.
This eBook, “Pregnancy Substance Abuse” is dedicated to help inform and educate “future-to-be-moms” about the dangers of using any substances during pregnancy.
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