Alcohol Treatment for Women
Ararimu Lodge - A pathway to recovery
Alcohol addiction takes you away
from who you are,
how you want to live,
and what you care about most.
We know from experience that
alcohol treatment works.
And life gets better.
- Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Harmful Drinking Patterns
People in high-risk populations, who often drink excessively in combination with other substance use, will likely develop severe alcohol use disorder and experience a host of other tragic consequences. Unfortunately, these high-risk individuals are rarely identified and helped until it’s too late. Instead, they remain hidden in a popular culture that has both normalized problem drinking and failed to let go of the delusional thinking that everyone reacts to alcohol in the same way.
We are seeing more problems with college-educated women in particular, who are now drinking far more, and with greater consequence, than in previous generations. College students at low risk for developing alcohol use disorders still suffer from the ramifications of excessive drinking - from DUIs, car crashes and violence to date rape. Although early intervention can help set a young person back on track and reduce the risk for chronic problems, only 18 percent of binge drinkers are asked about alcohol use by their physician and advised to reduce their consumption (McKnight-Eily et al., 2017).
May 2017, Harmful Drinking Patterns, HazeldenBettyFord.org
Positive Psychology Treatment
Positive psychology states that addiction recovery can be understood as a process of moving toward positive adaptations in life. PPT (Positive Psychology Treatment) and related techniques aid in uncovering strengths that help us move closer to our ideals. Recovery from addiction can be difficult and so invoking specific buffering traits may help in your journey toward a positive life. Some of these include courage, interpersonal skills, rationality, insight, optimism, honesty, perseverance, future-mindedness and finding purpose.
Research shows that alcohol-dependent persons have an increased responsiveness to the affectivity of stress and alcohol craving. Positive affect (i.e., positive emotional state) is associated with lower stress and reduced alcohol craving, while negative affect (i.e., negative emotional state) is subsequently associated with higher alcohol craving. Therefore, individuals with alcohol dependence may increasingly benefit from cultivating more positive emotions in order to regulate responses to stress...
May 2017, Applications of Positive Psychology to Substance Use Disorder, Butler Center for Research, HazeldenBettyFord.org
Do women struggle with certain types of drug addiction more than men do?
Historically, women have been more likely to use and misuse prescription medications more than men have.
What about alcoholism? Are the rates similar for men and women?
Historically, men have had higher alcohol addiction rates than women, but the gender gap is narrowing.
What’s the first step for getting help (with alcohol addiction)?
Typically, the individual with addiction isn’t fully aware of her problem and isn’t likely to seek help, so loved ones really need to take the reins.