“There’s epidemiological data that says women are more vulnerable, but it’s unclear what the factors are. We know they transition to addiction faster and have more problems with craving and relapse. Now, with research like this, we’re beginning to isolate environmental and physiological causes.” ~ Erin Calipari, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research
Research in addiction has focused more on males and differences in the genders were not considered for quite a long time. However, there has been some research studies over the past two decades and scientists have discovered that there are important differences for men and women in every phase of addiction. This means that addiction treatment should be tailored for women differently than men.
The studies that have been conducted found that women who begin abusing drugs or alcohol may become addicted to substances more quickly than men. Women are also more susceptible to relapsing when they experience a trigger. This is due to a stronger mental and emotional connection to objects, people and places for many women.
A women’s hormonal system is complex. Even in one month, a female goes through a number of various hormonal changes. These hormonal changes can affect our physical body and emotional state. Our mental and physical health can determine addictive tendencies. If you’re going through addiction recovery, hormones can have an effect on your recovery and perhaps even on the risk of relapse. One week, you may feel fully motivated and the next, you’re feeling emotional and craving substances to numb your feelings.
We are going to walk you through how these hormonal shifts can affect a woman’s mental health and how addiction ties into it. There are interesting facts that maybe you weren’t aware of. It will help you understand your feelings and why they’re happening.