Addiction Among Women

  • 6 million women in the United States are dependent on alcohol
    • Defined as consuming 5 or more drinks on the same occasion at least once in the last 30 days
  • Alcohol is involved in as many as 73 percent of rapes and up to 70 percent of instances of domestic violence
  • Women are up to 48 percent more likely then men to be prescribed a narcotic, antianxiety, or other potentially abusable drug
  • Women who use sedatives, antianxiety drugs, or hypnotics are almost twice as likely as men to become addicted to drugs
  • Two out of three AIDS cases in American women are associated with drug abuse
  • Women of all ages become more addicted to prescription and illicit drugs more quickly than men and suffer greater physical, psychological, and social consequences.

    National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (2006) Women Under the Influence

About Brookhaven: Why Women Only?

In 2003, six million women were alcohol abusers or alcohol dependent, yet only 763,000 received treatment. That same year, 2.6 million women were abusing or dependent on illicit drugs, yet only 651,000 received treatment. Ninety-two percent of women do nor receive needed treatment for alcohol and drug problems. This is due in part to the lack of available treatment options that meet the needs of women; only 38 percent of treatment facilities have special women-only programs.*  

At Brookhaven Retreat, we are dedicated to making sure women get the specific care they need to get started in the road to recovery. In the past 30 years, research on the causes, consequences, and treatment of substance abuse in women has increased significantly.  We now know that drugs affect women differently than men, and because women’s life roles, responsibilities, and opportunities differ, their treatment needs to differ as well.

*National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (2006) Women Under the Influence