Why Do Women Hesitate to Get Alcohol Addiction Help?

Why Do Women Hesitate to Get Alcohol Addiction Help?Many federal, state, research and educational organizations study alcohol addiction and attempt to track statistics. The research is intended to identify trends that seem to lead towards alcohol addiction, examine the effective of treatment strategies and monitor relapse rates. The ultimate goal is to identify why women become addicted to alcohol and what can be done to treat or prevent alcohol addiction.

Barriers to Alcohol Addiction Treatment

According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NDSUH) only about 10% of the people who need addiction treatment get it. According to this same survey people who felt that they needed treatment but did not get it allowed the following excuses to interfere:

  • Lack of readiness. The number one reason people gave for not seeking treatment was that they were simply not ready to stop using. Unless a person is motivated to seek treatment either voluntarily or by legal consequences, then she simply will not get help.
  • Cost. Another reason that people did not seek treatment is because they had no health coverage and felt that they could not afford the cost of treatment.
  • Impact on lifestyle. Other people were concerned about losing their job if their employer found out that they were addicted to alcohol. Another concern was how the person would be perceived by neighbors, community or other acquaintances should they find out that she received alcohol addiction treatment.
  • Misperceptions and lack of information. About 20% of the survey respondents indicated that they did not know where to go for treatment or felt that they could handle the problem without treatment. Included in this category were those people who felt that treatment was not convenient or that the type of treatment they needed was not available.

Underlying Obstacles to Women’s Addiction Recovery

While some barriers to treatment are valid, most excuses are a cover for the real underlying obstacles to getting addiction help. Women may experience real obstacles such as the following:

  • Fear. Many women fear that they will not have what it takes to get through treatment and to stay sober. A person needs to be diligent, highly motivated and willing to take the risk. Not knowing what detox will be like, not understanding how withdrawal symptoms are managed, and not knowing what happens in a residential treatment program will also increase concerns about the entire treatment experience.
  • Denial. Denial plays a powerful role in preventing a woman from getting addiction treatment. Why should they get treatment when they don’t have a problem? Another aspect of denial is the belief that if you ignore the problem, it will go away. Unfortunately denial does not let go of the addict, and the problem does not go away on its own.

Women Can Get Help for Alcohol Addiction

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