Addiction afflicts millions of Americans. Addiction can be substance or habit but it ultimately leads to a behavior that no longer leaves the person in control but in need of in order to properly function. Addiction affects any age and any gender without bias. Women however are affected by addiction in different ways. It is important to understand gender differences in addiction in Substance Abuse Counseling.
The article, “Why Women Experience Addiction Differently” by Devon Frye looks at how addiction affects women differently and why. She states,
“Research and anecdotal evidence have identified at least three paths to addiction that may be more prevalent among women than men. The first and most troubling involves past or ongoing trauma. In the treatment center where I work, we find that around 75 percent of our women patients have had at least one traumatic event in the past that may be contributing to their addiction. Among men, both at our center and nationally, the incidence of trauma is also high, but it looks to be more like 50 percent.”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.