Why Do Female Drug Users Deny Treatment?
Addiction has no preference or bias when it comes to people. Anyone can become an addict. With that being said, why do female drug users deny treatment? While there may be many reasons why females deny getting the treatment they need, one reason that seems very prevalent is their children.
Many female drug users deny treatment, because they are afraid they will lose their children if they go to treatment. This is not just happening to female drug users, but females with mental illnesses as well. Also, when we say female drug users, we mean alcohol too. After all, alcohol is a drug. For the most part females number one drug of choice to abuse is prescription medication. While prescription medication may not sound dangerous, it is very dangerous, especially when it is mixed with alcohol or other prescriptions. The results can be deadly, which is why it is important for everyone to seek help for their addiction.
While there is a huge stigma for drug addicts, there is an even bigger stigma for addicts that are mothers. This is why female drug users deny treatment. They cannot overcome the stigma associated with being an addict and also being a mother. They would rather hide and suffer with their addiction then risk being judged as not only an addict, but a terrible parent.
We have all heard the horrible stories about addicts getting their children taken away and sent into foster care or to live with another relative. While this may need to happen in some cases, it does not happen all the time. In fact, more and more treatment centers are coming forward and allowing mothers to bring their children with to stay with them. There are even centers accepting mothers-to-be into their programs. This is a step in the right direction. If more of these treatment centers were put into place, we might be able to break this stigma and get more females the treatment they need.
While female drug users deny treatment, because they are afraid of losing their children, you have to ask this one question: Do you really have your children if you are constantly abusing drugs? While you mat feel that you are there for your children physically, chances are you are not there for them mentally. You may not even be there for them physically, you just might think you are. Another question to ask yourself is: How long will I really be there for my children if I continue to abuse drugs? While many people believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them, guess what, it does. People die everyday from drug overdoses. There are no special circumstances to this fact. Think about how your children will feel if they can never see their mother again. When you put things into perspective from this point of view, going to rehab to treat your addiction and not seeing your children for a short period of time does not seem that bad. Call us today, to help you find a treatment center that fits your needs and the needs of your family.