Addiction 101


For many women, an elevated level of shame and secrecy about substance use stands in the way of needed care.

Shame often keeps women from getting help for addiction; they feel like they're the only ones with this problem. But addiction is very common. 5.6% of female adults have a substance use disorder. And treatment works! Caron Treatment Centers has been helping people recover from addiction for nearly 70 years.

We provide a safe, non-judgmental space to explore and address the underlying issues that fuel addiction. Our compassionate staff is here to guide each woman in transforming her life and reclaiming her beautiful sense of self. Caron offers a women’s program with a welcoming culture and emotionally safe space, detox services, and counselor-led groups to help women privately and comfortably recover.

There are several steps you can take to help prevent addiction or relapse. Make sure the woman in your life knows they’re not alone and that support is out there. Educate yourself about substance use and available resources, like Caron Treatment Centers. Encourage healthy coping mechanisms for managing stress, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and spending time with friends and family. Lastly, don’t be afraid to seek help if you believe someone is in danger of addiction.

Addiction is a complex condition rooted in biology, psychology, and social environment. Studies suggest that women may be more vulnerable to substance use due to various risk factors, including trauma, stressors related to gender roles, mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, and certain genetic predispositions. Women may also face additional obstacles to treatment and support, such as a lack of insurance or childcare.

Detoxing from addiction can be dangerous and should never be done alone. Caron Treatment Centers offers specialized programs for women to ensure their safety throughout the detox process. These include medical monitoring, physical assessments, medications like buprenorphine to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms as clinically appropriate, and psychological support, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and trauma-informed care.

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