Women’s Alcoholism Recovery

More than 5.5 million American women struggle with alcoholism, and only 7.8% receive treatment. We’re fighting that statistic. Rising Roads provides proven, personalized treatment to women battling alcohol use disorder.

Women and Alcohol

Research published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) indicates that alcohol abuse among women is on the rise. Women also encounter alcohol-related problems sooner and at lower drinking amounts than men, which happens because female drinkers:
  • Generally weigh less than men
  • Have less water in their bodies than men
  • Are more likely to experience hangovers and blackouts after consuming the same amount of alcohol as a man
For women, the consequences of heavy drinking are especially severe. They are prone to telescoping: a pattern of substance use that fast-tracks addiction. The “telescope effect” occurs when women start with lower levels of alcohol use but develop alcoholism at a much faster rate than their male counterparts. They are also more prone to liver damage (alcohol-associated hepatitis), alcohol-related heart disease, certain types of cancers, and brain damage. For these reasons, it is vital to spot problem drinking and seek treatment as soon as possible.

Signs of Alcoholism

Alcohol is a staple of American culture—it’s a mainstay of meals, parties, girls’ nights, and just about any social event on the calendar. However, that ubiquity is exactly what makes it so dangerous. Frequent opportunities to drink often set the stage for a lifetime of addiction. By regularly binge drinking in social settings, many women find themselves craving wine, liquor, or beer after a long day. This is the first subtle sign of alcoholism.
  • Other symptoms of alcohol use disorder include:
    • Trying (and failing) to cut back
    • Struggling to meet obligations at work or home due to drinking
    • Continuing to drink even though it’s causing major issues
    • Drinking more than intended
    • Spending a lot of time, energy, and money on finding, drinking, and recovering from alcohol
    • Developing a tolerance
    • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms during stints of sobriety

A Note About Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sweating, and shaking. If a woman has developed an alcohol use disorder, sudden cessation causes much more serious effects. Vomiting, hallucinations, and seizures may occur, leading to severe discomfort or even death. Rising Roads strongly encourages clients to seek medically supervised detoxification if they are dependent on alcohol.

Treatment for Alcoholism

At Rising Roads Recovery, many of the women in our care have a complicated relationship with alcohol. We know how you feel. Our program helps you to make peace with your past, unpack traumatic events, and curate a set of healthy, effective coping mechanisms for your new life in sobriety. The clinicians on our team will empower you through a combination of individual and group therapies. In these sessions, our staff utilizes evidence-backed modalities like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combined with experiential therapies and hands-on life skills trainings. The result is a lifetime of joy, harmony, and freedom from addiction.

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