Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Drug Abuse among Women!

Drug abuse is akin to a disorder - characterized by destructive pattern of using any drug that leads to significant distress and other problems. Drug abuse and addiction are unfortunately quite common, affecting approximately 7% of the women population globally.

Among all areas of female drug usage, a scarcity of data exists, with some studies including only male respondents. In still other studies, the female user is treated as a deviant user because she does not fit the conceptual models derived from studies of male abusers. Use and abuse of drugs like heroin, marijuana and the like, by women have been largely neglected in both research and treatment. Women's usage of drug categories bears investigation because use and possibly abuse, by women, of all drugs is increasing remarkably. The reason for the lack of research could be either that the data was not available earlier as less women suffered or that the situation has gained momentum in recent years. Whatever the cause may be, the fact is women are laden with another form of abuse. 

Although drug abuse and addiction have no single cause, there are a number of biological, psychological, and social risk factors that can increase a person's likelihood of developing a chemical abuse or chemical dependency disorder. In women especially, it has been seen that the cause is psychological mainly where withdrawal becomes a difficult call. Women become emotionally dependent on drugs in order to forget all worries whether it be work or peer pressure while some are also forcibly made to consume such drugs and hence become slaves of other’s orders. The loneliness in a woman’s life and the deprivation of tender love of the family also drives women towards drugs. 

Treatment services for drug abuse and addiction remain largely under utilized by most sufferers of these conditions. The primary goals of recovery are abstinence, relapse prevention, and rehabilitation. During the initial stage of abstinence, an individual who suffers from chemical dependency may need detoxification treatment to help avoid or lessen the effects of withdrawal. For all this, the foremost requirement is the support of near and dear ones who can persistently encourage the women. Volunteers are always welcome as there are few helping hands in this area. As I always say just do your bit and make a difference. Life is short yet beautiful so let’s join hands to remove this abuse completely.

Written by Dr. Aakshi Kalra

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