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Monday, November 7, 2011

Overcoming Addiction in Women

By Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Primary Therapy Coordinator at
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Lemont, Ill.
Nov. 3, 2011

Addiction is on the rise among women in America today. Although most people believe addiction is confined to alcohol or drugs, it can also fall into many categories including shopping, sex, gambling, relationships and more.

Addiction in Women

The pressure on women today is immense. In young women, the pressure to be perfect often leads to eating disorders. To suppress appetite and remain skinny, they may rely on illegal drugs such as crack cocaine. For working mothers, the stress to "do it all" and "be it all" often leads to addiction, specifically stimulant abuse. To counterbalance this high level of stress, women frequently rely on the calming effects of alcohol...finish reading article

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