Women & Opioids
Opioids and Unexplained Pain
At GBAC, we view pain management as a skill; when you do not use it, you lose it. Opioids make women even more sensitive to pain over time. After extended periods of use, the brain becomes reliant on opioids. Then people lose their ability to handle the stress of everyday life. If your brain sends the message that you are in unbearable pain, your natural response will be to alleviate it. Women are prescribed opioids more frequently than men, so their rates of addiction are also higher. The following opioids have proven to have extremely high rates of chemical dependency:
Alcoholism Treatment for Women
How to Know It’s Time for Treatment
If you’re considering treatment, you are already at a point where you can acknowledge that your addiction to drugs or alcohol is negatively impacting multiple areas of your life. You are a candidate for treatment if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You frequently binge drink or use prescription medication longer than directed and in larger doses than directed.
- A lot of time that once went to things you enjoy now goes to obtaining, taking, and then recovering from using drugs or drinking alcohol.
- You experience intense cravings for drugs or alcohol that do not subside until you give in.
- Your use of drugs or alcohol is negatively impacting your ability to meet expectations, goals, or responsibilities at home, work, or school.
- Even your closest relationships are starting to suffer because of your use of drugs or alcohol.
- Your use of drugs or alcohol occurs even at times when it is especially dangerous, such as while driving or babysitting.
- You continue to use drugs or alcohol even though you know it negatively affects your pre-existing mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or paranoia.
- You’ve built your tolerance to drugs or alcohol so high that you require more of the substance to reach desired effects, putting you at risk of accidental overdose.
- When you cannot drink or use drugs, you experience withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, vomiting, fatigue, seizures, or hallucinations.
- You are incapable of stopping your use of drugs or alcohol on your own, even if you want to stop.