By extension, (women’s) recovery success will positively affect communities’ (and the nation’s) health and economy.
The numbers are in, and it's not pretty.
The latest research conducted by Alexandre B. Laudet, PhD and international recognized expert in addiction recovery compared male and female experiences in recovery.
Latest research confirms that the primary issues for men in recovery are largely financial (owing back taxes) and legal (arrests, incarceration or DUI.)
Women are more affected in family and health during active addiction. Twice as many lost custody of a child, or are victims of domestic violence. They spend more time at the doctor, ER, and treatment of chronic conditions along with a higher incidence of untreated mental health problems.
Why should I care?
Because I am a woman whose first response to stress has been to self-medicate. And who has watched many women I love suffer debilitating diseases compounded by the stress of living with an addict, or numbing their own pain with whatever worked.
Because I am a mother who worked hard to break the cycle of addiction for my own children. Because I am a grandmother who is more invested than ever in stopping the cycle of addiction before it touches future generations.
Because it takes one to know one.
If you are a woman, or know one, who manages stress with food, drink, smoking, prescription medication, gambling, or inappropriate sexual focus, give them my number or send them to my site. 9 out of 10 women who need help will not seek out a professional. Coaching may be the answer.
Kim Halsey is a human resource professional and executive coach who helps people overcome life damaging habits, restore important relationships, and live their dreams without drama.